Australian higher education institutions transforming the future of teaching and learning through 3D virtual worlds

Gregory, Sue, Gregory, Brent, Campbell, Matthew, Farley, Helen, Sinnappan, Suku, Kennedy-Clark, Shannon, Craven, David, Murdoch, Deborah, Lee, Mark J. W., Wood, Denise, Grenfell, Jenny, Thomas, Angela, Smith, Kerrie, Warren, Ian, Dreher, Heinz, McKeown, Lindy, Ellis, Allan, Hillier, Mathew, Pace, Steven, Cram, Andrew, Hay, Lyn, Grant, Scott and Matthews, Carol 2010, Australian higher education institutions transforming the future of teaching and learning through 3D virtual worlds, in ascilite 2010 : curriculum, technology & transformation for an unknown future : Proceedings of the Australian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education Conference, Australian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education, Sydney, NSW, pp. 399-415.

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Title Australian higher education institutions transforming the future of teaching and learning through 3D virtual worlds
Author(s) Gregory, Sue
Gregory, Brent
Campbell, Matthew
Farley, Helen
Sinnappan, Suku
Kennedy-Clark, Shannon
Craven, David
Murdoch, Deborah
Lee, Mark J. W.
Wood, Denise
Grenfell, Jenny
Thomas, Angela
Smith, Kerrie
Warren, Ian
Dreher, Heinz
McKeown, Lindy
Ellis, Allan
Hillier, Mathew
Pace, Steven
Cram, Andrew
Hay, Lyn
Grant, Scott
Matthews, Carol
Conference name Australian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education Conference (27th : 2010 : Sydney, N.S.W.)
Conference location Sydney, N.S.W.
Conference dates 5-8 Dec. 2010
Title of proceedings ascilite 2010 : curriculum, technology & transformation for an unknown future : Proceedings of the Australian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education Conference
Editor(s) Steel, C. H.
Keppell, M. J.
Gerbic, P.
Housego, S.
Publication date 2010
Conference series Australian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education Conference
Start page 399
End page 415
Total pages 16
Publisher Australian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education
Place of publication Sydney, NSW
Keyword(s) Virtual Worlds
Second Life
Reaction Grid
OpenSim
Immersion
Engagement
VWWG
Summary What are educators‟ motivations for using virtual worlds with their students? Are they using them to support the teaching of professions and if this is the case, do they introduce virtual worlds into the curriculum to develop and/or expand students' professional learning networks? Are they using virtual worlds to transform their teaching and learning? In  recognition of the exciting opportunities that virtual worlds present for higher education, the DEHub Virtual Worlds Working Group was formed. It is made up of Australian university academics who are investigating the role that virtual worlds will play in the future of education and actively implementing the technology within their own teaching practice and  curricula. This paper presents a typology for teaching and learning in 3D virtual worlds and applies the typology to a series of case studies based on the ways in which academics and their institutions are exploiting the power of virtual worlds for diverse purposes ranging from business scenarios and virtual excursions to role-play, experimentation and language development. The case studies offer insight into the ways in which institutions are transforming their teaching for an unknown future through innovative teaching and learning in virtual worlds. The paper demonstrates how virtual worlds enable low cost alternatives to existing pedagogies as well as creating opportunities for rich, immersive and authentic activities that would otherwise not be feasible or maybe not even be possible. Through the use of virtual worlds, teaching and learning can be transformed to cater for an unknown future.
Notes Conference Website - http://www.ascilite.org.au/conferences/sydney10/index.htm
Language eng
Field of Research 130306 Educational Technology and Computing
130205 Humanities and Social Sciences Curriculum and Pedagogy (excl Economics, Business and Management)
160299 Criminology not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970110 Expanding Knowledge in Technology
HERDC Research category E1 Full written paper - refereed
HERDC collection year 2010
Copyright notice ©2010, Sue Gregory, Mark J.W. Lee, Allan Ellis, Brent Gregory, Denise Wood, Mathew Hillier, Matthew Campbell, Jenny Grenfell, Steven Pace, Helen Farley, Angela Thomas, Andrew Cram, Suku Sinnappan, Kerrie Smith, Lyn Hay, Shannon Kennedy-Clark, Ian Warren, Scott Grant, David Craven, Heinz Dreher, Carol Matthews, Deborah Murdoch & Lindy McKeown.
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30031586

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