The Sapphire Vortex : blending virtual world machinima with real world commentary for effective learning of criminal law

Butler, Desmond A. & Matthew, Anne F. (2012) The Sapphire Vortex : blending virtual world machinima with real world commentary for effective learning of criminal law. In Brown, M., Hartnett, M., & Stewart, T. (Eds.) Proceedings ascilite Wellington 2012, ascilite, Te Papa Tongarewa National Museum, Wellington.

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Traditional approaches to teaching criminal law in Australian law schools include lectures that focus on the transmission of abstracted and decontextualised knowledge, with content often prioritised at the expense of depth. This paper discusses The Sapphire Vortex, a blended learning environment that combines a suite of on-line modules using Second Life machinima to depict a narrative involving a series of criminal offences and the ensuing courtroom proceedings, expert commentary by practising lawyers and class discussions.

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ID Code: 56589
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: blended learning, machinima, second life, criminal law, expert commentary, HERN
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES (180000) > OTHER LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES (189900) > Law and Legal Studies not elsewhere classified (189999)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Current > Schools > School of Law
Copyright Owner: Copyright © 2012 Des Butler and Anne Matthew
Copyright Statement: The authors assign to ascilite and educational non-profit institutions, a non-exclusive licence to use this document for personal use and in courses of instruction, provided that the article is used in full and this copyright statement is reproduced. The authors also grant a non-exclusive licence to ascilite to publish this document on the ascilite Web site and in other formats for the Proceedings ascilite Wellington 2012. Any other use is prohibited without the express
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Deposited On: 23 Jan 2013 03:03
Last Modified: 01 Feb 2013 10:17

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