The Open UniversitySkip to content

3D immersive virtual worlds in higher education: an Australian and New Zealand scoping study

Delgamo, Barney; Lee, Mark J. W.; Carlson, Lauren; Gregory, Sue and Tynan, Belinda (2010). 3D immersive virtual worlds in higher education: an Australian and New Zealand scoping study. In: ASCILITE 2010: Curriculum, Technology and Transformation for an Unknown Future, 5-8 Dec 2010, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, pp. 269–280.

Google Scholar: Look up in Google Scholar


This paper reports initial findings of a major scoping study that is being undertaken to examine current and planned applications of 3D immersive virtual worlds at higher education institutions across Australia and New Zealand. This scoping study is the first of its kind in the region. It is parallel and complementary to several studies conducted in other countries, and results obtained thus far appear consistent with international trends. The overall research design of the scoping study is discussed, along with preliminary results from the Australian/New Zealand sector-wide questionnaire. There seem to be preferred platforms being used in the Australian and New Zealand context, and usage has increased dramatically in recent years. Academics are using 3D immersive virtual worlds with their students in a variety of ways, for both assessable and non-assessable tasks. The project is supported by the Distance Education Hub research consortium, with team members from Charles Sturt University and the University of New England.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item
Copyright Holders: 2010 Barney Dalgarno, Mark J.W. Lee, Lauren Carlson, Sue Gregory & Belinda Tynan
Keywords: 3D immersive virtual world; 3D multi-user virtual environment; Second Life
Academic Unit/School: Other Departments > Vice-Chancellor's Office
Other Departments
Related URLs:
Item ID: 37944
Depositing User: Belinda Tynan
Date Deposited: 12 Jul 2013 09:45
Last Modified: 07 Dec 2018 10:17
Share this page:

Actions (login may be required)

Policies | Disclaimer

© The Open University   contact the OU