Integrating an Awareness of Selfhood and Society into Virtual Learning

Integrating an Awareness of Selfhood and Society into Virtual Learning

Andrew Stricker (The Air University, USA), Cynthia Calongne (Colorado Technical University, USA), Barbara Truman (University of Central Florida, USA) and Fil Arenas (The Air University, USA)
Indexed In: SCOPUS
Release Date: January, 2017|Copyright: © 2017 |Pages: 363
ISBN13: 9781522521822|ISBN10: 1522521828|EISBN13: 9781522521839|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-2182-2

Description

Recent technological advances have opened new platforms for learning and teaching. By utilizing virtual spaces, more educational opportunities are created for students who cannot attend a physical classroom environment.

Integrating an Awareness of Selfhood and Society into Virtual Learning is a pivotal reference source that discusses the latest scholarly perspectives on creating meaningful learning and sensory engagement in virtual learning spaces, and examines how selfhood is expressed in these environments. Highlighting emerging topics in education, such as gender considerations, leadership development, and situated learning, this book is ideally designed for professionals, practitioners, graduate students, and academics interested in the role of virtual reality in learning contexts.

Topics Covered

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

  • Game-Based Learning
  • Gender Considerations
  • Health Education
  • Leadership Development
  • Situated learning
  • Social Network Analysis
  • The Internet of Things (IoT)

Table of Contents and List of Contributors

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Author(s)/Editor(s) Biography

Andrew Stricker serves as a distributed learning architect for The Air University by helping to design, develop, and implement advanced and emerging learning technology innovations into U.S. Air Force educational and professional military education programs. Previously, Dr. Stricker served Vanderbilt University as associate provost for innovation through technology. He has also served 27 years as an Air Force officer and scientist specializing in learning sciences and human-factors engineering. His research is focused on modeling adaptive expertise and the design of learning technologies. His graduate work was conducted at Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas and Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut.
Cynthia Calongne joined the computer science faculty at Colorado Technical University in 1996. Today,she teaches in the CTU Doctoral department. Prior to teaching,she worked as a software engineer and systems programmer with a defense contractor supporting Air Force Space Command and as a business manager for an environmental organization in Washington, D.C. Her team won the $25,000 grand prize for the Mars Expedition Strategy Challenge in 2010. She supported Will Wright’s community developed TV Show called Bar Karma and appeared in the closing credits of Episode One as Myxen. Using her avatar name, Lyr Lobo, she conducts research in virtual world simulation, game design and writes fiction.
Barbara Truman, DCS holds a Master’s degree in Instructional Systems Design from UCF and a DCS in Computer Science, Emerging Media from Colorado Technical University. She serves as Strategic Advisor, Immersive Learning and Collaboration within the Mixed Emerging Technologies Integration Lab (METIL) in the Institute for Simulation & Training at the University of Central Florida (UCF). Her research involves Human Computer Interaction (HCI) using collaborative virtual environments (CVEs) and cyber-physical systems (CPS). She studies how avatar use can develop identity and authenticity useful for collaboration across communities within networked physical and virtual spaces. Barbara is also a founder of online learning at UCF.
Dr. Fil Arenas is an Associate Professor of Organizational Leadership Studies at the USAF Squadron Officer College, Maxwell AFB, Alabama. Reporting in August 2007, he is also the Course Director for three USAF distance learning programs to include the Squadron Officer School DL Course which currently hosts nearly 7,000 active students worldwide, developing advanced leadership skills in their professional military education. He received his doctorate degree from The George Washington University in Higher Education Administration. His current areas of research study focus on: virtual immersive learning, emotional intelligence, and transformational leadership. Dr. Arenas retired from the military after 28 years of faithful service (14 USAF & 14 USN) in 2005.

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