Sustaining the future through virtual worlds
Sue Gregory, University of New England, United States ; Lisa Jacka, Southern Cross University, Australia ; Frederick Stokes-Thompson, University of South Australia, Australia ; Helen Farley, University of Southern Queensland, Australia ; Sheila Scutter, James Cook University, Australia ; Penelope Neuendorf, Canberra Institute of Technology, Australia ; Shame Matthews, Queensland University of Technology, Australia ; Jaime Garcia, The University of Queensland, Australia ; Grant Meredith, University of Ballarat, Australia ; Scott Grant, Monash University, Australia ; Angela Giovanangeli, University of Technology Sydney, Australia ; Andrew Cram, Macquarie University, Australia ; Tracey Muir, University of Tasmania, Australia ; Jenny Grenfell, Deakin University, Australia ; Anthony Williams, University of Newcastle, Australia ; Anglea McCarthy, James Cook University, Australia ; Brent Gregory, University of New England, United States ; Stefan Schutt, Victoria University, Australia ; Denise Wood, University of South Australia, Australia ; Lindy Orwin, University of New England, United States ; Ian Warren, Deakin University, Australia ; Matt Bower, Macquarie University, Australia ; Des Butler, Queensland University of Technology, Australia ; Jay Jay Jegathesan, University of Western Australia, Australia ; Anton Bogdanovych, University of Western Sydney, Australia
ASCILITE - Australian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education Annual Conference, ISBN 978-0-473-22989-4 Publisher: Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education
Virtual worlds (VWs) continue to be used extensively in Australia and New Zea land higher education institutions although the tendency towards making unrealistic claims of efficacy and popularity appears to be over. Some educators at higher education institutions continue to use VWs in the same way as they have done in the past; others are exploring a range of different VWs or using them in new ways; whilst some are opting out altogether. This paper presents an overview of how 46 educators from some 26 institutions see VWs as an opportunity to sust ain higher education. The positives and negatives of using VWs are discussed.
Gregory, S., Jacka, L., Stokes-Thompson, F., Farley, H., Scutter, S., Neuendorf, P., Matthews, S., Garcia, J., Meredith, G., Grant, S., Giovanangeli, A., Cram, A., Muir, T., Grenfell, J., Williams, A., McCarthy, A., Gregory, B., Schutt, S., Wood, D., Orwin, L., Warren, I., Bower, M., Butler, D., Jegathesan, J.J. & Bogdanovych, A. (2012). Sustaining the future through virtual worlds. In M. Brown, M. Hartnett & T. Stewart (Eds.), Proceedings of ASCILITE - Australian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education Annual Conference 2012. Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education.