Multidiscipline role-play in a 3D virtual learning environment: Experiences with a large cohort of healthcare students

Marcus McDonald, Tracii Ryan, Jenny Sim, Jennifer P James, Philip Maude, Sheila Scutter, Denise Wood

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Three-dimensional virtual learning environments (3DVLEs), such as Second Life, have been used in education for some time. Although many writers have addressed where, how, and why 3DVLEs are applied in education, only a few articles have concentrated on the coalface of running a learning project within them. This paper looks at the experience of using Second Life to conduct a multi-discipline healthcare role-playing project with a large cohort of university
students. It aims to add to the body of evidence highlighting the technical and logistical difficulties in running such a project, and attempts to offer solutions and advice on directions of problem solving. This paper will also add to best practices concerning the use of 3DVLEs in higher education.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFuture Challenges-Sustainable Futures
Subtitle of host publicationascilite2012 Conference Proceedings
EditorsM Brown, M Hartnett, T Stewart
Place of PublicationNew Zealand
PublisherMassey University
Number of pages11
ISBN (Print)9780473229894
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes
EventAnnual Conference of the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education 2012 - Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington, New Zealand
Duration: 25 Nov 201228 Nov 2012
Conference number: 29th (conference website) (Conference Proceedings)


ConferenceAnnual Conference of the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education 2012
Abbreviated titleASCILITE 2012
CountryNew Zealand
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  • Second Life
  • Virtual learning environment

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