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How are Australian higher education institutions contributing to change through innovative teaching and learning in virtual worlds?
28th Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education (ASCILITE) Conference: Changing demands, changing directions
  • Brent Gregory, University of New England
  • Sue Gregory, University of New England
  • Denise Wood, University of South Australia
  • Yvonne Masters, University of New England
  • Mathew Hillier, University of Queensland
  • Frederick Stokes-Thompson, University of South Australia
  • Anton Bogdanovych, University of Western Sydney
  • Des Butler, Queensland University of Technology
  • Lyn Hay, Charles Sturt University
  • Jay Jay Jegathesan, University of Western Australia
  • Kim Flintoff, Curtin University of Technology
  • Stefan Schutt, Victoria University
  • Dale Linegar, Victoria University
  • Robyn Alderton, TAFENSW Western Institute
  • Andrew Cram, Macquarie University
  • Ieva Stupans, University of New England
  • LIndy McKeown Orwin, University of New England
  • Grant Meredith, University of Ballarat
  • Debbie McCormick, Monash University
  • Francesca Collins, Monash University
  • Jenny Grenfell, Deakin University
  • Jason Zagami, Griffith University
  • Allan Ellis, Southern Cross University
  • Lisa Jacka, Southern Cross University
  • John Campbell, University of Canberra
  • Ian Larson, Monash University
  • Andrew Fluck, University of Tasmania
  • Angela Thomas, University of Tasmania
  • Helen Farley, University of Southern Queensland
  • Nona Muldoon, Central Queensland University
  • Ali Abbas, University of Sydney
  • Suku Sinnappan, Swinburne University of
  • Katrina Neville, RMIT
  • Ian Burnett, RMIT
  • Ashley Aitken, Curtin University of Technology
  • Simeon Simoff, University of Western Sydney
  • Sheila Scutter, James Cook University
  • Xiangyu Wang, University of New South Wales
  • Kay Souter, La Trobe University
  • David Ellis, Southern Cross University
  • Mandy Salomon, Swinburne University of Technology
  • Greg Wadley, University of Melbourne
  • Michael Jacobson, University of Sydney
  • Anne Newstead, University of Sydney
  • Gary Hayes, MUVEDesign.com
  • Scott Grant, Monash University
  • Alyona Yusupova, University of Western Sydney
Document Type
Conference publication
Publication Date
1-1-2011
Abstract
Over the past decade, teaching and learning in virtual worlds has been at the forefront of many higher education institutions around the world. The DEHub Virtual Worlds Working Group (VWWG) consisting of Australian and New Zealand higher education academics was formed in 2009. These educators are investigating the role that virtual worlds play in the future of education and actively changing the direction of their own teaching practice and curricula. 47 academics reporting on 28 Australian higher education institutions present an overview of how they have changed directions through the effective use of virtual worlds for diverse teaching and learning activities such as business scenarios and virtual excursions, role-play simulations, experimentation and language development. The case studies offer insights into the ways in which institutions are continuing to change directions in their teaching to meet changing demands for innovative teaching, learning and research in virtual worlds. This paper highlights the ways in which the authors are using virtual worlds to create opportunities for rich, immersive and authentic activities that would be difficult or not possible to achieve through more traditional approaches.
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Citation Information

Gregory, B, Gregory, S, Wood, D, Masters, Y, Hillier, M, Stokes-Thompson, F, Bogdanovych, A, Butler, D, Hay, L, Jegathesan, JJ, Flintoff, K, Schutt, S, Linegar, D, Alderton, R, Cram, A, Stupans, I, Orwin, LM, Meredith, G, McCormick, D, Collins, F, Grenfell, J, Zagami, J, Ellis, A, Jacka, L, Campbell, J, Larson, I, Fluck, A, Thomas, A, Farley, H, Muldoon, N, Abbas, A, Sinnappan, S, Neville, K, Burnett, I, Aitken, A, Simoff, S, Scutter, S, Wang, X, Souter, K, Ellis, DJ, Salomon, M, Wadley, G, Jacobson, M, Newstead, A, Hayes, G, Grant, S & Yusupova, A 2011, 'How are Australian higher education institutions contributing to change through innovative teaching and learning in virtual worlds?', paper presented to 28th Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education (ASCILITE) Conference: Changing demands, changing directions, Hobart, Tasmania, 4-7 December.

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