Virtual worlds in Australian and New Zealand higher education: Remembering the past, understanding the present and imagining the future

Gregory, Sue, Gregory, Brent, Reiners, Torsten, Fardinpour, Ali, Hillier, Matthew, Lee, Mark J W, Jacka, Lisa, Butler, Des, Holloway, David, Grant, Scott, Hearns, Merle, Flintoff, Kim, Jegathesan, Jay Jay, Ellis, David, McDonald, Marcus, Stokes-Thompson, Frederick, Gaukrodger, Belma, Zagami, Jason, Campbell, Chris, Wang, Xiangyu, Salinas, Jamie Garcia, Loke, Swee-Kin, Scutter, Sheila, Newman, Christine, Gu, Ning, Schutt, Stefan, Farley, Helen, Bogdanovych, Anton, Trescak, Tomas, Simoff, Simeon, Steel, Caroline, Neuendorf, Penny, Bower, Matt, McKeown Orwin, Lindy, Kerr, Tom, Warren, Ian, Wood, Denise, Miller, Charlynn, Mathews, Shane, Linegar, Dale, Knox, Vicki, Masters, Yvonne, Brown, Ross, Meredith, Grant, Atkins, Clare, Giovanangeli, Angela, Le Rossignol, Karen, Cram, Andrew, Muir-Cochrane, Eimear, Basu, Arin, Jacobson, Michael and Larson, Ian 2013, Virtual worlds in Australian and New Zealand higher education: Remembering the past, understanding the present and imagining the future, in Electric Dreams: 30th ASCILITE Conference, Macquarie University/ASCILITE, Sydney, NSW, pp. 312-324.

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Title Virtual worlds in Australian and New Zealand higher education: Remembering the past, understanding the present and imagining the future
Author(s) Gregory, Sue
Gregory, Brent
Reiners, Torsten
Fardinpour, Ali
Hillier, Matthew
Lee, Mark J W
Jacka, Lisa
Butler, Des
Holloway, David
Grant, Scott
Hearns, Merle
Flintoff, Kim
Jegathesan, Jay Jay
Ellis, David
McDonald, Marcus
Stokes-Thompson, Frederick
Gaukrodger, Belma
Zagami, Jason
Campbell, Chris
Wang, Xiangyu
Salinas, Jamie Garcia
Loke, Swee-Kin
Scutter, Sheila
Newman, Christine
Gu, Ning
Schutt, Stefan
Farley, Helen
Bogdanovych, Anton
Trescak, Tomas
Simoff, Simeon
Steel, Caroline
Neuendorf, Penny
Bower, Matt
McKeown Orwin, Lindy
Kerr, Tom
Warren, Ian
Wood, Denise
Miller, Charlynn
Mathews, Shane
Linegar, Dale
Knox, Vicki
Masters, Yvonne
Brown, Ross
Meredith, Grant
Atkins, Clare
Giovanangeli, Angela
Le Rossignol, Karen
Cram, Andrew
Muir-Cochrane, Eimear
Basu, Arin
Jacobson, Michael
Larson, Ian
Conference name ASCILITE Conference (30th : 2013 : Sydney, N.S.W.)
Conference location Sydney, NSW - Macquarie University
Conference dates 1-4 Dec. 2013
Title of proceedings Electric Dreams: 30th ASCILITE Conference
Editor(s) Carter, Helen
Publication date 2013
Conference series ASCILITE Annual Conference
Start page 312
End page 324
Total pages 13
Publisher Macquarie University/ASCILITE
Place of publication Sydney, NSW
Keyword(s) Virtual worlds
3D virtual multi-user environments
Simulation
Gamification
Augmented reality
Natural interfaces
Summary 3D virtual reality, including the current generation of multi-user virtual worlds, has had a long history of use in education and training, and it experienced a surge of renewed interest with the advent of Second Life in 2003. What followed shortly after were several years marked by considerable hype around the use of virtual worlds for teaching, learning and research in higher education. For the moment, uptake of the technology seems to have plateaued, with academics either maintaining the status quo and continuing to use virtual worlds as they have previously done or choosing to opt out altogether. This paper presents a brief review of the use of virtual worlds in the Australian and New Zealand higher education sector in the past and reports on its use in the sector at the present time, based on input from members of the Australian and New Zealand Virtual Worlds Working Group. It then adopts a forward-looking perspective amid the current climate of uncertainty, musing on future directions and offering suggestions for potential new applications in light of recent technological developments and innovations in the area.
ISBN 9781741384031
Language eng
Field of Research 130306 Educational Technology and Computing
080111 Virtual Reality and Related Simulation
Socio Economic Objective 930203 Teaching and Instruction Technologies
HERDC Research category E1 Full written paper - refereed
ERA Research output type E Conference publication
HERDC collection year 2013
Copyright notice ©2013, ASCILITE
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30059061

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