A Virtual World Environment for Group Work

Brown, Elaine and Hobbs, Mike and Gordon, Marie (2008) A Virtual World Environment for Group Work. International Journal of Web-Based Learning and Teaching Technologies. ISSN 1548-1093

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Abstract

This article seeks to show that a virtual world can provide a useful addition in the use of computer-mediated learning tools. We discuss the underlying educational context and link this to the properties of virtual worlds and, in particular, that of Second Life. We report on the progress of a project for developing group work that seeks to link affordances in the environment to learning outcomes and employs a socially situated, constructivist, pedagogical framework. We found that a virtual world environment can enable autonomous, differentiated learning through the use of suitably structured tasks, and postulate that an individual’s depth of engagement with the environment may be linked to the learning style.

Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: Citation: Brown, E., Hobbs, M. & Gordon, M., 2008. A Virtual World Environment for Group Work. International Journal of Web-Based Learning and Teaching Technologies, 3(1), pp.1–12..
Faculty: Faculty of Science & Technology
Depositing User: Mr I Walker
Date Deposited: 07 Mar 2016 15:43
Last Modified: 07 Jul 2016 12:54
URI: http://arro.anglia.ac.uk/id/eprint/600747

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