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Sustaining the future through virtual worlds

Gregory, Susan, Gregory, Brent, Hillier, Mathew, Jacka, Lisa, Farley, Helen, Stokes-Thompson, Frederick, Masters, Yvonne, Orwin, Lindy, Stupans, Ieva, Scutter, Sheila, Warren, Ian, Steel, Caroline, Neuendorf, Penelope, Bower, Matt, Miller, Charlynn, Butler, Desmond A., Hearns, Merle, Mathews, Shane, Wood, Denise, Garcia, Jaime, Jegathesan, Jay Jay, Brown, Ross A., Meredith, Grant, Ellis, David, Muir-Cochran, Eimear, Flintoff, Kim, Grant, Scott, Atkins, Clare, Gaukrodger, Belma, Giovanangeli, Angela, Le Rossignol, Karen, Schutt, Stefan, Larson, Ian, Cram, Andrew, Linegar, Dale, Wang, Xiangyu, Muir, Tracey, Cleland, Ben, Paillat, Edith, Grenfell, Jenny, Hay, Lyn, Gu, Ning, Williams, Anthony, Simoff, Simeon, Bogdanovych, Anton, & McCarthy, Angela (2012) Sustaining the future through virtual worlds. In Brown, M & Hartnett, J.E. (Eds.) Future Challenges, Sustainable Futures : Proceedings Ascilite 2012, ASCILITE, Te Papa Tongarewa National Museum, Wellington, New Zealand, pp. 361-368.

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Abstract

Virtual worlds (VWs) continue to be used extensively in Australia and New Zealand higher education institutions although the tendency towards making unrealistic claims of efficacy and popularity appears to be over. Some educators at higher education institutions continue to use VWs in the same way as they have done in the past; others are exploring a range of different VWs or using them in new ways; whilst some are opting out altogether. This paper presents an overview of how 46 educators from some 26 institutions see VWs as an opportunity to sustain higher education. The positives and negatives of using VWs are discussed.

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ID Code: 53959
Item Type: Conference Paper
Keywords: virtual worlds, Virtual Worlds Working Group, VWWG, Second Life, SL, OpenSim
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE AND IMAGE PROCESSING (080100) > Virtual Reality and Related Simulation (080111)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > DISTRIBUTED COMPUTING (080500) > Distributed and Grid Systems (080501)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > INFORMATION SYSTEMS (080600) > Computer-Human Interaction (080602)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > EDUCATION SYSTEMS (130100) > Technical Further and Workplace Education (130108)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > EDUCATION SYSTEMS (130100) > Education Systems not elsewhere classified (130199)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Current > Schools > School of Information Systems
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Current > Schools > School of Law
Current > Schools > School of Advertising, Marketing & Public Relations
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Deposited On: 03 Oct 2012 11:50
Last Modified: 20 Dec 2013 08:46

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