Learning and Assessment with Virtual Worlds

Hobbs, Mike, Brown, Elaine and Gordon, Marie (2009) Learning and Assessment with Virtual Worlds. In: E-Learning Technologies and Evidence-Based Assessment Approaches. IGI Global, Hershey, PA, pp. 55-75. ISBN 9781605664101

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.4018/978-1-60566-410-1.ch004


This chapter provides an introduction to learning and teaching in the virtual world Second Life (SL). It focuses on the nature of the environment and the constructivist cognitive approach to learning that it supports. The authors present detailed accounts of two case studies and provide preliminary analysis of the way in which the environment helps students to achieve both explicit and implicit learning outcomes. The formal assessment for these studies allowed the content, style, narrative and working pattern to be decided by the students. They believe that this approach provides a useful stepping stone between content driven and problem-based teaching techniques. Initial results seem to indicate that students have brought in learning from other areas with a mature approach that enhances their transferable skills in group work, project management and problem based learning. The authors suggest that loosely specified assessments with suitable scaffolding, within the rich environment of Second Life, can be used to help students develop independent, self motivated learning. To support this they map criteria from problembased learning literature and link the learning experience to types of learner.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Faculty: ARCHIVED Faculty of Science & Technology (until September 2018)
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Date Deposited: 07 Mar 2016 15:45
Last Modified: 28 Mar 2022 12:42
URI: https://arro.anglia.ac.uk/id/eprint/600748

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