A Virtual World Environment for Group Work

A Virtual World Environment for Group Work

E. Brown (Anglia Ruskin University, United Kingdom), M. Hobbs (Anglia Ruskin University, United Kingdom) and M. Gordon (Anglia Ruskin University, United Kingdom)
DOI: 10.4018/jwltt.2008010101
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Abstract

This article seeks to show that a virtual world can provide a useful addition in the use of computer-mediated learning tools. We discuss the underlying educational context and link this to the properties of virtual worlds and, in particular, that of Second Life. We report on the progress of a project for developing group work that seeks to link affordances in the environment to learning outcomes and employs a socially situated, constructivist, pedagogical framework. We found that a virtual world environment can enable autonomous, differentiated learning through the use of suitably structured tasks, and postulate that an individual’s depth of engagement with the environment may be linked to the learning style.

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