Teaching and learning in Virtual Worlds: Is it worth the effort?
Helen Farley, University of Southern Queensland ; Sue Gregory, University of New England ; Allan Ellis, Southern Cross University ; Geoffrey Crisp, University of Adelaide ; Jenny Grenfell, Deakin University ; Angela Thomas, University of Tasmania ; Matthew Campbell, Australian Catholic University
ASCILITE - Australian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education Annual Conference, Publisher: Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education
Educators have been quick to spot the enormous potential afforded by virtual worlds for situated and authentic learning, practising tasks with potentially ser ious consequences in the real world and for bringing geographically dispersed faculty and students together in the same space (Gee, 2007; Johnson and Levine, 2008). Though this potential has largely been realised, it generally isn’t without cost in terms of lack of institutional buy-in, steep learning curves for all participants, and lack of a sound theoretical framework to support learning activities (Campbell, 2009; Cheal, 2007; Kluge & Riley, 2008). This symposium will explore the affordances and issues associated with teaching and learning in virtual worlds, all the time considering the question: is it worth the effort?
Farley, H., Gregory, S., Ellis, A., Crisp, G., Grenfell, J., Thomas, A. & Campbell, M. (2010). Teaching and learning in Virtual Worlds: Is it worth the effort?. In Proceedings of ASCILITE - Australian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education Annual Conference 2010 (pp. 339-342). Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education.