Design, Implementation, and Evaluation of Virtual Learning Environments

Design, Implementation, and Evaluation of Virtual Learning Environments

Michael Thomas (University of Central Lancashire, UK)
Release Date: June, 2012|Copyright: © 2012 |Pages: 344
ISBN13: 9781466617704|ISBN10: 1466617705|EISBN13: 9781466617711|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-1770-4


Virtual learning environments offer a novel environment through which teachers can engage students in active learning. Whether through virtual worlds such as Second Life or a custom-designed personal learning environment, together students and teachers can explore new boundaries in education.

Design, Implementation, and Evaluation of Virtual Learning Environments highlights invaluable research covering the design, development, and evaluation of online learning environments. An essential resource for academics, professionals, corporate trainers and policy makers, this book examines the role of technology enhanced learning in this emerging area.

Topics Covered

The many academic areas covered in this publication include, but are not limited to:

  • Blended Learning
  • Collaborative Learning Activities
  • Distance Learning
  • Games-Based Learning
  • High Performance and Cloud Computing
  • Interactive Virtual 3-D Models
  • Personal Learning Environments
  • Second Life
  • Virtual Learning Environments
  • Virtual Worlds

Reviews and Testimonials

Overall this collection of articles gives an excellent overview of the state of the art in technologically assisted learning and provides an excellent basis for further research.

– David Mason, Victoria University of Wellington, Online Information Review, Vol. 37, No.2

...a very well-structured volume. A table of contents, followed by a detailed table of contents, followed by a further overview of the chapters provides a wonderful introduction to the work.

– Brad Ost, Atlanta University Center, in Teaching Theology and Religion

Table of Contents and List of Contributors

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Author(s)/Editor(s) Biography

Dr Michael Thomas BA (Hons) M.Ed. MBA Ph.D., Ph.D., PFHEA is Professor in Higher Education and Online Learning at the University of Central Lancashire, UK and Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. He holds two Ph.Ds. from Newcastle University and Lancaster University in the UK and has previously taught at universities in the UK, Germany and Japan. He has authored or edited over 35 books and journal special editions and is lead editor of the book series Digital Education and Learning (Palgrave) and Advances in Digital Language Learning and Teaching (Bloomsbury). His most recent authored monograph was Project-Based Language Learning with Technology (Routledge) and was editor of a four-volume reference work entitled Digital Language Learning and Teaching for Bloomsbury. He is currently coordinating the EU-funded GUINEVERE project which explores the role of digital game-based learning in 3D immersive environments ( He founded the International Journal of Virtual and Personal Learning Environments (IJVPLE) and is a member of leading journal editorial boards including the ALT Journal of Research in Learning Technologies.