How are Australian higher education institutions contributing to change through innovative teaching and learning in virtual worlds?

Brent Gregory, Sue Gregory, Denise Wood, Yvonne Masters, Mathew Hillier, Frederick Stokes-Thompson, Anton Bogdanovych, Des Butler, Lyn Hay, Jay Jay Jegathesan, Kim Flintoff, Stefan Schutt, Dale Linegar, Robyn Alderton, Andrew Cram, Ieva Stupans, Lindy Mc Keown Orwin, Grant Meredith, Debbie McCormick, Francesca Collins & 27 others Jenny Grenfell, Jason Zagami, Allan Ellis, Lisa Jacka, John Campbell, Ian Larson, Andrew Fluck, Angela Thomas, Helen Farley, Nona Muldoon, Ali Abbas, Suku Sinnappan, Katrina Neville, Ian Burnett, Ashley Aitken, Simeon Simoff, Sheila Scutter, Xiangyu Wang, Kay Souter, David Ellis, Mandy Salomon, Greg Wadley, Michael Jacobson, Anne Newstead, Gary Hayes, Scott Grant, Alyona Yusupova

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Abstract

Over the past decade, teaching and learning in virtual worlds has been at the forefront of many higher education institutions around the world. The DEHub Virtual Worlds Working Group (VWWG) consisting of Australian and New Zealand higher education academics was formed in 2009. These educators are investigating the role that virtual worlds play in the future of education and actively changing the direction of their own teaching practice and curricula. 47 academics reporting on 28 Australian higher education institutions present an overview of how they have changed directions through the effective use of virtual worlds for diverse teaching and learning activities such as business scenarios and virtual excursions, role-play simulations, experimentation and language development. The case studies offer insights into the ways in which institutions are continuing to change directions in their teaching to meet changing demands for innovative teaching, learning and research in virtual worlds. This paper highlights the ways in which the authors are using virtual worlds to create opportunities for rich, immersive and authentic activities that would be difficult or not possible to achieve through more traditional approaches. 

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Annual Conference of the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education, ASCILITE 2011
EditorsG Williams, P Statham, N Brown, B Cleland
Place of PublicationHobart TAS Australia
PublisherThe University of Tasmania
Pages475-490
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9781862956445
Publication statusPublished - 2011
EventAnnual Conference of the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education 2011: Changing Demands, Changing Directions - Wrest Point Convention Centre, Hobart, Australia
Duration: 4 Dec 20117 Dec 2011
Conference number: 28
http://ascilite.org/conferences/hobart11/ (Conference website)
http://www.ascilite.org/conferences/hobart11/downloads/ProceedingsV3.pdf (Conference Proceedings)

Conference

ConferenceAnnual Conference of the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education 2011
Abbreviated titleASCILITE 2011
CountryAustralia
CityHobart
Period4/12/117/12/11
Internet address

Keywords

  • Engagement
  • Opensim
  • Second life
  • Virtual worlds
  • VWs
  • VWWG

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Gregory, B., Gregory, S., Wood, D., Masters, Y., Hillier, M., Stokes-Thompson, F., ... Yusupova, A. (2011). How are Australian higher education institutions contributing to change through innovative teaching and learning in virtual worlds? In G. Williams, P. Statham, N. Brown, & B. Cleland (Eds.), Proceedings of the Annual Conference of the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education, ASCILITE 2011 (pp. 475-490). Hobart TAS Australia: The University of Tasmania.
Gregory, Brent ; Gregory, Sue ; Wood, Denise ; Masters, Yvonne ; Hillier, Mathew ; Stokes-Thompson, Frederick ; Bogdanovych, Anton ; Butler, Des ; Hay, Lyn ; Jegathesan, Jay Jay ; Flintoff, Kim ; Schutt, Stefan ; Linegar, Dale ; Alderton, Robyn ; Cram, Andrew ; Stupans, Ieva ; Orwin, Lindy Mc Keown ; Meredith, Grant ; McCormick, Debbie ; Collins, Francesca ; Grenfell, Jenny ; Zagami, Jason ; Ellis, Allan ; Jacka, Lisa ; Campbell, John ; Larson, Ian ; Fluck, Andrew ; Thomas, Angela ; Farley, Helen ; Muldoon, Nona ; Abbas, Ali ; Sinnappan, Suku ; Neville, Katrina ; Burnett, Ian ; Aitken, Ashley ; Simoff, Simeon ; Scutter, Sheila ; Wang, Xiangyu ; Souter, Kay ; Ellis, David ; Salomon, Mandy ; Wadley, Greg ; Jacobson, Michael ; Newstead, Anne ; Hayes, Gary ; Grant, Scott ; Yusupova, Alyona. / How are Australian higher education institutions contributing to change through innovative teaching and learning in virtual worlds?. Proceedings of the Annual Conference of the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education, ASCILITE 2011. editor / G Williams ; P Statham ; N Brown ; B Cleland. Hobart TAS Australia : The University of Tasmania, 2011. pp. 475-490
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How are Australian higher education institutions contributing to change through innovative teaching and learning in virtual worlds? / Gregory, Brent; Gregory, Sue; Wood, Denise; Masters, Yvonne; Hillier, Mathew; Stokes-Thompson, Frederick; Bogdanovych, Anton; Butler, Des; Hay, Lyn; Jegathesan, Jay Jay; Flintoff, Kim; Schutt, Stefan; Linegar, Dale; Alderton, Robyn; Cram, Andrew; Stupans, Ieva; Orwin, Lindy Mc Keown; Meredith, Grant; McCormick, Debbie; Collins, Francesca; Grenfell, Jenny; Zagami, Jason; Ellis, Allan; Jacka, Lisa; Campbell, John; Larson, Ian; Fluck, Andrew; Thomas, Angela; Farley, Helen; Muldoon, Nona; Abbas, Ali; Sinnappan, Suku; Neville, Katrina; Burnett, Ian; Aitken, Ashley; Simoff, Simeon; Scutter, Sheila; Wang, Xiangyu; Souter, Kay; Ellis, David; Salomon, Mandy; Wadley, Greg; Jacobson, Michael; Newstead, Anne; Hayes, Gary; Grant, Scott; Yusupova, Alyona.

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Gregory B, Gregory S, Wood D, Masters Y, Hillier M, Stokes-Thompson F et al. How are Australian higher education institutions contributing to change through innovative teaching and learning in virtual worlds? In Williams G, Statham P, Brown N, Cleland B, editors, Proceedings of the Annual Conference of the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education, ASCILITE 2011. Hobart TAS Australia: The University of Tasmania. 2011. p. 475-490