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Responding to the widening participation agenda through improved access to and within 3D virtual learning environments

Wood, Denise and Willems, Julie 2012, Responding to the widening participation agenda through improved access to and within 3D virtual learning environments, Australasian journal of educational technology, vol. 28, no. 3, Special issue, pp. 459-479.

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Title Responding to the widening participation agenda through improved access to and within 3D virtual learning environments
Author(s) Wood, Denise
Willems, JulieORCID iD for Willems, Julie orcid.org/0000-0003-0487-6192
Journal name Australasian journal of educational technology
Volume number 28
Issue number 3
Season Special issue
Start page 459
End page 479
Total pages 21
Publisher Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education
Place of publication Perth, W.A.
Publication date 2012
ISSN 1449-5554
Keyword(s) Social inclusion agenda
Equity
Formal education
Access
Virtual learning environment
Social Sciences
Education & Educational Research
Summary The Australian Government's widening participation agenda - also referred to as the social inclusion agenda - considers equity through the triple focus of access, participation and outcomes. These foci are catalysts for re-examining teaching and learning approaches in formal education. This article considers this national refocus and the possibilities for addressing access and equity issues through and within threedimensional virtual learning environments (3DVLEs). The findings of an Australian Learning and Teaching Council (ALTC)-funded project that investigated the potential of an accessible 3DVLE for increasing access and participation of students with disabilities are reported, and strategies for improving outcomes (i.e. retention, success and completion) proposed. The article also highlights some of the remaining challenges with regard to the goal of improving outcomes for under-represented learner groups. The final section of the article identifies areas for further research.
Language eng
Field of Research 130103 Higher Education
130306 Educational Technology and Computing
220104 Human Rights and Justice Issues
Socio Economic Objective 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2012, Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education
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