Coming of the third wave: A move toward best practice, user defined tools and mainstream integration for virtual worlds in education

Marcus McDonald, Sue Gregory, Helen Farley, Jennifer Harlim, Jenny Sim, Christine Newman

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Abstract

The Gartner Hype Cycle has placed virtual worlds on the climb up the Slope of Enlightenment. While some authors in the past have made much of the educational use of virtual worlds languishing in the Trough of Disillusionment, there has been a community of authors, designers and educators working to further understanding of the limitations and affordances of such technologies. It is time to pool this knowledge, experience, tools and practice to solidify best practice, focus research on development of specific elements and forge ahead to shape the third wave of educational virtual worlds. This paper attempts to outline this information and practice while offering solutions for further development.

Original languageEnglish
Pages161-170
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 2014
EventAnnual Conference of the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education 2014 - Dunedin, New Zealand
Duration: 23 Nov 201426 Nov 2014
Conference number: 31st
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http://ascilite.org/conferences/dunedin2014/proceedings/index.html (Conference Proceedings)

Conference

ConferenceAnnual Conference of the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education 2014
Abbreviated titleASCILITE 2014
CountryNew Zealand
CityDunedin
Period23/11/1426/11/14
Internet address

Keywords

  • Education
  • Gartner Hype Cycle
  • Second Life
  • Slope of Enlightenment
  • Virtual worlds

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