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Transforming Virtual World Learning Vol: 4

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28 Sep 2011
Emerald Group Publishing Limited
371 pages - 156 x 234 x 23mm
Cutting-edge Technologies in Higher Education


This book is a practical guide on how to transform your ideas from virtual world course ware to virtual world learning experiences. This book argues that setting up learning in 3D virtual worlds requires a transformative approach. The advice given in this book comes from real world implementers of virtual world learning. The models presented here show how to transform your thinking in 3D spaces and achieving your organizational learning goals while motivating your learners. The practical articles and lesson plans come from those pioneers who have used virtual worlds to learn, teach and support their learners with in-world presence. Transforming starts with recognizing virtual worlds as a place, and then using the space to plan in 3D, design real-time and implement a 'virtual biodome effect' for continuous learning. It is our hope the book inspires current educational institutions to think about creating persistent, scalable communities that thrive on communication, global collaboration and sustainable interactivity. The results are the same for K-12, community college, university, industry and lifelong learners. It's not just about being in a virtual world, it's about doing something engaging there to educate and entertain the work force of the interconnected internet.
List of Contributors. Acknowledgements. Introduction: Thinking in 3D. A Cybergogy of Learning Archetypes and Learning Domains: Practical Pedagogy for 3D Immersive Virtual Worlds. Initial Teacher Training in a Virtual World. Faculty Development for and in Virtual Worlds. Pre-Service Teachers' Teaching Practice in Second Life®. A Practical Model and Assignments for Using Virtual Worlds in Higher Education. Instructional Design Frameworks for Second Life® Virtual Learning. Using the Community of Inquiry (CoI) Model and Bloom's Revised Taxonomy to Support 21st Century Teaching and Learning in Multi-User Virtual Environments. Marinetta Ombro: A Culture not a Classroom. Enhancing Graduate Courses through Educational Virtual Tours. Using Problem-Based Learning within 3D Virtual Worlds. Intercultural Collaborative Learning in Virtual Worlds. Alice's Adventures in Programming Narratives. Teaching Higher Education Students with Diverse Learning Outcomes in the Virtual World of Second Life®. About the Authors. Transforming Virtual World Learning. Cutting-Edge Technologies in Higher Education. Cutting-Edge Technologies in Higher Education. Copyright page. Subject Index.

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