The future of virtual worlds

Childs, Mark (2013). The future of virtual worlds. In: Childs, Mark and Withnail, Greg eds. Experiential Learning in Virtual Worlds. Oxford: Inter-Disciplinary Press.


The effectiveness of the experience of learning in virtual worlds is particularly dependent on the nature of the technology. This chapter reviews the previous chapters with respect to what they reveal this close inter-relationship and how the pedagogies they describe are supported and limited by the functionality of virtual worlds. The chapter also reflects on earlier predictions about virtual worlds, and identifies some of the current technological trends that will influence the future of virtual worlds, and hence the future of experiential learning in virtual worlds. Finally, the chapter attempts to create its own prediction of a virtual world learning scenario that synthesises the various elements of the technologies in evidence today.

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