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Three Significant Theoretical Foundations Occurring In Virtual World Learning PROCEEDINGS

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E-Learn: World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education, in Vancouver, Canada ISBN 978-1-880094-76-1 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA

Abstract

In this paper we have identified basic theoretical foundations for the kind of learning that occurs in a 3D virtual world such as Second Life. The ideas represented here come from different lines of research and concepts that were layered and integrated into each other resulting in highlighting three significant theoretical foundations: 1) social constructivist learning with an emphasis on interaction between learners, 2) task-centered instruction with an emphasis on the learning process, and 3) situated learning environments with an emphasis on the context or setting. Each theoretical foundation is described and discussed as applied to learning in Second Life. Examples and figures from a class taught in Second Life by one of the authors are included. The pros and cons are discussed in reflection sections for each of the three theory foundations.

Citation

Semrau, P. & Boyer, B. (2009). Three Significant Theoretical Foundations Occurring In Virtual World Learning. In T. Bastiaens, J. Dron & C. Xin (Eds.), Proceedings of E-Learn 2009--World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education (pp. 3143-3148). Vancouver, Canada: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved November 14, 2018 from .

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