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International Journal of Virtual and Personal Learning Environments

January 2010 Volume 1, Number 1

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Table of Contents

Number of articles: 5

  1. The Centralisation Dilemma in Educational IT

    Martin Weller, The Open University, United Kingdom

    The trend with organisational adoption of virtual learning environments (VLE) seems to be cyclical. Initially, a decentralised approach was adopted, wherein each department implemented different... More

    pp. 1-9

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  2. eLearning in the Cloud

    Niall Sclater, The Open University, United Kingdom

    Elearning has grown rapidly in importance for institutions and has been largely facilitated through the “walled garden” of the virtual learning environment. Meanwhile many students are creating... More

    pp. 10-19

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  3. Designing Effective Spaces, Tasks and Metrics for Communication in Second Life Within the Context of Programming LEGO NXT Mindstorms™ Robots

    Michael Vallance, Future University Hakodate, Japan; Stewart Martin, Teesside University, United Kingdom; Charles Wiz, Yokohama National University, Japan; Paul van Schaik, Teesside University, United Kingdom

    Science education is concerned with the meaningful pursuit of comprehension, knowledge and understanding of scientific concepts and processes. In Vygotskian social constructivist learning, personal... More

    pp. 20-37

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  4. Homo Virtualis: Virtual Worlds, Learning, and an Ecology of Embodied Interaction

    Leslie Jarmon, The University of Texas at Austin, United States

    This article previews the emergence of homo virtualis. Drawing on data from seven research studies, peerreviewed published research articles, and selected excerpts of 30 months of field notes taken... More

    pp. 38-56

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  5. Evaluating Games-Based Learning

    Thomas Hainey & Thomas Connolly, University of the West of Scotland, United Kingdom

    A highly important part of software engineering education is requirements collection and analysis, one of the initial stages of the Software Development Lifecycle. No other conceptual work is as... More

    pp. 57-71

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