Vision - A space for digital learning and exploring pedagogies: Virtual world education

Sue Gregory, Brent Gregory, Lisa Jacka, Sharon Lierse, Marcus McDonald, David Ellis, Merle Hearns, Suku Sukunesan, Pauletta Irwin, Blooma John, Des Butler, Jason Zagami, Belma Gaukrodger

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Abstract

The Australian and New Zealand Virtual Worlds Working Group (VWWG) was established in 2009. Members of the group have written papers for ASCILITE conferences since 2010.
Each paper’s intention is to provide an overview on using virtual worlds in higher education, especially the practical aspects of incorporating 3D worlds to enhance student learning. This
VWWG’s paper looks at a virtual world as a space for digital learning and exploratory pedagogy – meaning, that the authors perhaps do not perceive virtual worlds as ordinary. However, they do acknowledge that those who do not regularly engage in virtual worlds may see it as new and innovative, perhaps even untested ground, but still with a degree of unfamiliarity. A survey was sent to the members of the VWWG in which the narratives have provided rich data for in depth understanding. The themes focused in the survey were ‘disruptive thinking’, ‘emerging ideas’ and ‘lateral connections’, from the perspective of the respondents’ experiences in the implementation of virtual worlds in education. They discuss the idea of a virtual world used in education as a new treasure, or perhaps it has been in use for some time and now classified as traditional.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAustralasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education (ASCILITE) 2019 Conference Proceedings
EditorsSharleen Chew Yi Wei, Chan Kah Mun, Alfieana Alphonso
Place of PublicationAustralia
PublisherAustralasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education
Pages130-138
Number of pages9
Publication statusPublished - 6 Dec 2019
EventASCILITE 2019 - Personalised Learning. Diverse Goals. One Heart.: 36th International Conference on Innovation, Practice and Research in the use of Educational Technologies in Tertiary Education - Singapore University , Singapore, Singapore
Duration: 2 Dec 20195 Dec 2019
https://2019conference.ascilite.org/

Publication series

NameAustralasian journal of educational technology
PublisherASCILITE and ASET
ISSN (Print)1449-3098
ISSN (Electronic)0814-673X

Conference

ConferenceASCILITE 2019 - Personalised Learning. Diverse Goals. One Heart.
Abbreviated titleASCILITE 2019
CountrySingapore
CitySingapore
Period2/12/195/12/19
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Gregory, S., Gregory, B., Jacka, L., Lierse, S., McDonald, M., Ellis, D., ... Gaukrodger, B. (2019). Vision - A space for digital learning and exploring pedagogies: Virtual world education. In S. C. Y. Wei, C. K. Mun, & A. Alphonso (Eds.), Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education (ASCILITE) 2019 Conference Proceedings (pp. 130-138). (Australasian journal of educational technology). Australia: Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education.