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3D virtual worlds in higher education

Rapanotti, Lucia; Minocha, Shailey; Barroca, Leonor; Boulos, Maged N. Kamel and Morse, David R. (2011). 3D virtual worlds in higher education. In: Olofsson, Anders D. and Lindberg, J. Ola eds. Informed Design of Educational Technologies in Higher Education: Enhanced Learning and Teaching. IGI Global, pp. 212–240.

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3D virtual worlds are becoming widespread due to cheaper powerful computers, high-speed broadband connections and efforts towards their tighter integration with current 2D web environments. Besides traditional gaming and entertainment applications, some serious propositions are starting to emerge for their use particularly in education, where they are perceived as enablers of active learning, learning by doing, and knowledge construction through social interaction. However, there is still little understanding of how 3D virtual worlds can be designed and deployed effectively in the education domain and many challenges remain. This chapter makes a contribution towards such an understanding by reporting on three notable case studies at the authors’ own institutions, which have pioneered the use of Second Life, a 3D virtual world, in higher education.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Copyright Holders: 2012 IGI Global
ISBN: 1-61350-080-7, 978-1-61350-080-4
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Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
Not SetNot SetJISC
Not SetNot SetFaculty of Mathematics, Computing and Technology
Academic Unit/Department: Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) > Computing and Communications
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Research in Computing (CRC)
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Item ID: 25204
Depositing User: Shailey Minocha
Date Deposited: 23 May 2011 08:16
Last Modified: 06 Oct 2016 04:52
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