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Organisational Factors Crucial for the Use of Virtual Worlds in Education
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, Windesheim University Zwolle, Netherlands

E-Learn: World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education, in Vancouver, Canada ISBN 978-1-880094-76-1 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), San Diego, CA

Abstract

Abstract: In modern didactics some functions are crucial: Social networking & Forming learning-communities, Cooperation & Participation, and Co-creation. Here a platform to meet is essential for students and teachers. Nowadays suchs platforms are provided by the use of real-life (RL) meetings, e-mail, MSN, and Blackboard. Experience shows that these platforms often are inadequate (e.g.: when RL-meetings are impossible by time-consuming travelling, or when simulations are necessary): with the present IT-technology (e-mail, MSN and Blackboard) students experience distance towards fellow-students and teachers (this is called a lack of “presence”). However, presence is essential for learning. Virtual worlds can offer a solution here. In this brief paper an overview is given of recent research in this field in the Netherlands. Special attention is payed to a study on the added value of the virtual world Second Life to education. Here the focus is on the organisational factors essential to create this added value in education.

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Trooster, W. (2009). Organisational Factors Crucial for the Use of Virtual Worlds in Education. In T. Bastiaens, J. Dron & C. Xin (Eds.), Proceedings of E-Learn 2009--World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education (pp. 3191-3193). Vancouver, Canada: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved October 15, 2019 from .

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