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Virtual worlds in Australian and New Zealand higher education: remembering the past, understanding the present and imagining the future
Proceedings of the 30th ascilite Conference: electric dreams
  • Sue Gregory, University of New England
  • Ali Fardinpour
  • Lisa Jacka, Southern Cross University
  • Scott Grant, Monash University
  • Jay Jay Jegathesan, University of Western Australia
  • Frederick Stokes-Thompson, University of South Australia
  • Chris Campbell, University of Queensland
  • SweeKin Loke, University of otago
  • Ning Gu, University of Newcastle
  • Anton Bogdanovych, University of Western Australia
  • Caroline Steel, University of Queensland
  • Lindy McKeown Orwin, University of Southern Queensland
  • Brent Gregory, University of New England
  • Mathew Hillier, The University of Queensland
  • Des Butler, Queensland University of Technology
  • Merle Hearns, Manukau Institute of Technology
  • David Ellis, Southern Cross University
  • Belma Gaukrodger, Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology
  • Xiangyu Wang, Curtin University of Technology
  • Sheila Scutter, James Cook University
  • Stefan Schutt, Victoria University
  • Thomas Trescak, University of Western Australia
  • Penny Neuendorf, Canberra Institute of Technology
  • Tom Kerr, Macquarie University
  • Torsten Reiners, Curtin University of Technology
  • Mark JW Lee, Charles Sturt University
  • David Holloway, University of Wollongong
  • Kim Flintoff, Curtin University of Technology
  • Marcus McDonald, RMIT University
  • Jason Zagami, Griffith University
  • Jamie Garcia Salinas, University of Queensland
  • Christine Newman, Queensland University of Technology
  • Simeon Simoff, University of Western Australia
  • Matt Bower, Macquarie University
  • Ian Warren, Deakin University
  • Denise Wood, University of South Australia
  • Dale Linegar, Oztron
  • Ross Brown, Queensland University of Technology
  • Angela Giovanangeli, University of Technology, Sydney
  • Eimear Muir-Cochrane, Flinders University
  • Ian larson, Monash University
  • Charlynn Miller, University of Ballarat
  • Vicki Knox, University of New England
  • Grant Meredith, University of Ballarat
  • Arin Basu, University of Canterbury
  • Shane Mathews, Queensland University of Technology
  • Yvonne Masters, University of New England
  • Clare Atkins, Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology
  • Andrew Cran
  • Michael Jacobson, University of Sydney
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Conference publication
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3D virtual reality, including the current generation of multi-user virtual worlds, has had a long history of use in education and training, and it experienced a surge of renewed interest with the advent of Second Life in 2003. What followed shortly after were several years marked by considerable hype around the use of virtual worlds for teaching, learning and research in higher education. For the moment, uptake of the technology seems to have plateaued, with academics either maintaining the status quo and continuing to use virtual worlds as they have previously done or choosing to opt out altogether. This paper presents a brief review of the use of virtual worlds in the Australian and New Zealand higher education sector in the past and reports on its use in the sector at the present time, based on input from members of the Australian and New Zealand Virtual Worlds Working Group. It then adopts a forward-looking perspective amid the current climate of uncertainty, musing on future directions and offering suggestions for potential new applications in light of recent technological developments and innovations in the area.
Citation Information

Gregory, S, Fardinpour, A, Jacka, L, Grant, S, Jegathesan, JJ, Stokes-Thompson, F, Campbell, C, Loke, SK, Gu, N, Bogdanovych, A, Steel, C, McKeown Orwin, L, Gregory, B, Hillier, M, Butler, D, Hearns, M, Ellis, D, Gaukrodger, B, Wang, X, Scutter, S, Schutt, S, Trescak, T, Neuendorf, P, Kerr, T, Reiners, T, Lee, MJW, Holloway, D, Flintoff, K, Mcdonald, M, Zagami, J, Salinas, JG, Newman, C, Farley, H, Simoff, S, Bower, M & Warren, I , Wood, D, Linegar, D, Brown, R, Giovanangeli , A, Muir-Cochrane, E, Larson, I, Miller, C, Knox, V, Meredith, G, Le Rossignol, L, Basu, A, Mathews, S, Masters, Y, Atkins, C, Cram, A, Jacobson, M 2013, 'Virtual worlds in Australian and New Zealand higher education: remembering the past, understanding the present and imagining the future', in H Carter, M Gosper & J Hedberg (eds), Proceedings of the 30th ascilite Conference: electric dreams, Macquarie University, Sydney, NSW, 1-4 December, Macquarie University, Sydney, NSW, pp. 312-324.ISBN: 9781741384031

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