Myth busting education in a virtual world – changing demands and directions
Sue Gregory, University of New England, United States ; Scott Diener, The University of Auckland, New Zealand ; Denise Wood, University of South Australia, Australia ; Brent Gregory, University of New England, United States ; Suku Sinnappan, Swinburne University of Technology, Australia ; Lisa Jacka, Southern Cross University, Australia
ASCILITE - Australian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education Annual Conference, Publisher: Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education
There has been much media reporting on the efficacy of virtual worlds for education over the last few years. Some of the claims made are unfounded and not based on empirical evidence. All panel members have been teaching and conducting research in virtual worlds for several years. They will address many of the myths about teaching and learning in a virtual world. The format will follow Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage’s television series, “Myth Busters” (“MythBusters,” 2011) to find out whether the myths are “founded”, “busted” or “plausible”. To date there has been limited research and publications reporting on myths surrounding the teaching and learning in virtual worlds. However, Calani (2010) attempted to resolve the myths around immersion, James (2007) set about resolving the myths surrounding business in Second Life and, Hendrich & Mesch (2009), discussed 10,000 reasons why a virtual world will or won’t work. This interactive session will seek audience participation in resolving these myths through evidence-based practice. In this symposium we will endeavour to address some of the following myths that have been perpetuated about teaching in learning over the last few years:
Gregory, S., Diener, S., Wood, D., Gregory, B., Sinnappan, S. & Jacka, L. (2011). Myth busting education in a virtual world – changing demands and directions. In Proceedings of ASCILITE - Australian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education Annual Conference 2011 (pp. 502-503). Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education.