Exploring virtual world innovations and design through learner voices

Sue Gregory, Brent Gregory, Scott Grant, Marcus McDonald, Sasha Nikolic, Helen Farley, Judy O’Connell, Des Butler, Lisa Jacka, Jegatheva Jegathesan, Naomi McGrath, Amit Rudra, Frederick Stokes-Thompson, Suku Sukunesan, Jason Zagami, Jenny Sim, Stefan Schutt, Belma Gaukrodger, Merle Hearns, Leah Irving

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Abstract

Student voice has played a big role in shaping the development and measure of success/failure of
virtual worlds in education. Data on past and ongoing educational uses and contexts of use of
virtual worlds and associated student feedback was gathered via a survey of educational
researchers specialising in virtual worlds. Introduced are a range of specific uses that provide the
source of and context for student feedback. Ten major themes emerged from student voices that
highlight strengths and weakness and point the way forward for both educators and the students
themselves. Positive feedback highlighted experiences of both pedagogical design and the ability
of the technology to support it. Negative feedback revolved around technical problems, seen as
hampering the effectiveness of student learning experiences. Student voice regarding virtual
worlds is both positive and rewarding, and commending of staff who have dedicated their time
and effort to transform the learning experience.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationShow Me The Learning
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings ASCILITE 2016
EditorsS. Barker, S. Dawson, A. Pardo, C. Colvin
Place of PublicationAustralia
PublisherAustralasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education
Pages245-254
Publication statusPublished - 2016
EventAscilite 2016: Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education - Adelaide, Australia
Duration: 27 Nov 201630 Nov 2016

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ConferenceAscilite 2016: Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education
CountryAustralia
CityAdelaide
Period27/11/1630/11/16

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Gregory, S., Gregory, B., Grant, S., McDonald, M., Nikolic, S., Farley, H., ... Irving, L. (2016). Exploring virtual world innovations and design through learner voices. In S. Barker, S. Dawson, A. Pardo, & C. Colvin (Eds.), Show Me The Learning : Proceedings ASCILITE 2016 (pp. 245-254). Australia: Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education.
Gregory, Sue ; Gregory, Brent ; Grant, Scott ; McDonald, Marcus ; Nikolic, Sasha ; Farley, Helen ; O’Connell, Judy ; Butler, Des ; Jacka, Lisa ; Jegathesan, Jegatheva ; McGrath, Naomi ; Rudra, Amit ; Stokes-Thompson, Frederick ; Sukunesan, Suku ; Zagami, Jason ; Sim, Jenny ; Schutt, Stefan ; Gaukrodger, Belma ; Hearns, Merle ; Irving, Leah . / Exploring virtual world innovations and design through learner voices. Show Me The Learning : Proceedings ASCILITE 2016. editor / S. Barker ; S. Dawson ; A. Pardo ; C. Colvin. Australia : Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education, 2016. pp. 245-254
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Gregory, S, Gregory, B, Grant, S, McDonald, M, Nikolic, S, Farley, H, O’Connell, J, Butler, D, Jacka, L, Jegathesan, J, McGrath, N, Rudra, A, Stokes-Thompson, F, Sukunesan, S, Zagami, J, Sim, J, Schutt, S, Gaukrodger, B, Hearns, M & Irving, L 2016, Exploring virtual world innovations and design through learner voices. in S Barker, S Dawson, A Pardo & C Colvin (eds), Show Me The Learning : Proceedings ASCILITE 2016. Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education, Australia, pp. 245-254, Ascilite 2016: Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education, Adelaide, Australia, 27/11/16.

Exploring virtual world innovations and design through learner voices. / Gregory, Sue ; Gregory, Brent ; Grant, Scott ; McDonald, Marcus ; Nikolic, Sasha ; Farley, Helen ; O’Connell, Judy ; Butler, Des ; Jacka, Lisa ; Jegathesan, Jegatheva; McGrath, Naomi ; Rudra, Amit ; Stokes-Thompson, Frederick ; Sukunesan, Suku ; Zagami, Jason ; Sim, Jenny ; Schutt, Stefan ; Gaukrodger, Belma ; Hearns, Merle ; Irving, Leah .

Show Me The Learning : Proceedings ASCILITE 2016. ed. / S. Barker; S. Dawson; A. Pardo; C. Colvin. Australia : Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education, 2016. p. 245-254.

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Gregory S, Gregory B, Grant S, McDonald M, Nikolic S, Farley H et al. Exploring virtual world innovations and design through learner voices. In Barker S, Dawson S, Pardo A, Colvin C, editors, Show Me The Learning : Proceedings ASCILITE 2016. Australia: Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education. 2016. p. 245-254