3D immersive virtual worlds in higher education: An Australian and New Zealand scoping study

Barney Dalgarno, Mark J.W. Lee, Lauren Carlson, Sue Gregory, Belinda Tynan

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Abstract

This paper reports initial findings of a major scoping study that is being undertaken to examine current and planned applications of 3D immersive virtual worlds at higher education institutions across Australia and New Zealand. This scoping study is the first of its kind in the region. It is parallel and complementary to several studies conducted in other countries, and results obtained thus far appear consistent with international trends. The overall research design of the scoping study is discussed, along with preliminary results from the Australian/New Zealand sector-wide questionnaire. There seem to be preferred platforms being used in the Australian and New Zealand context, and usage has increased dramatically in recent years. Academics are using 3D immersive virtual worlds with their students in a variety of ways, for both assessable and non-assessable tasks. The project is supported by the Distance Education Hub research consortium, with team members from Charles Sturt University and the University of New England.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 27th Annual Conference of the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education, ASCILITE 2010
EditorsMike Keppell, Caroline Steel, Simon Housego, Dominique Parrish
Place of PublicationAustralia
PublisherAustralasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education
Pages269-280
Number of pages12
ISBN (Print)9781742720166
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes
Event27th Annual Conference of the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education, ASCILITE 2010 - Sydney, NSW, Australia
Duration: 5 Dec 20108 Dec 2010

Publication series

NameASCILITE 2010 - The Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education

Conference

Conference27th Annual Conference of the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education, ASCILITE 2010
Country/TerritoryAustralia
CitySydney, NSW
Period5/12/108/12/10

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