Virtual worlds in Australian and New Zealand higher education: Remembering the past, understanding the present and imagining the future

S Gregory, B Gregory, T Reiners, A Fardinpour, M Hillier, M Lee, L Jacka, D Butler, D Holloway, S Grant, M Hearns, K Flintoff, Jay Jay Jegathesan, D Ellis, M Mcdonald, F Stokes Thompson, B Gaukrodger, J Zagami, C Campbell, X WangJ Garcia Salinas, S Loke, S Scutter, C Newman, N Gu, S Schutt, H Farley, A Bogdanovych, T Trescak, S Simoff, C Steel, P Neuendorf, M Bower, L Mckeown Orwin, T Kerr, I Warren, D Wood, C Miller, S Mathews, D Linegar, V Knox, Y Masters, R Brown, G Meredith, C Atkins, A Giovanangeli, K Le Rossignol, A Cram, E Muir Cochrane, A Basu, M Jacobson, I Larson

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    Abstract

    3D virtual reality, including the current generation of multi-user virtual worlds, has had a long
    history of use in education and training, and it experienced a surge of renewed interest with the
    advent of Second Life in 2003. What followed shortly after were several years marked by
    considerable hype around the use of virtual worlds for teaching, learning and research in higher
    education. For the moment, uptake of the technology seems to have plateaued, with academics
    either maintaining the status quo and continuing to use virtual worlds as they have previously
    done or choosing to opt out altogether. This paper presents a brief review of the use of virtual
    worlds in the Australian and New Zealand higher education sector in the past and reports on its
    use in the sector at the present time, based on input from members of the Australian and New
    Zealand Virtual Worlds Working Group. It then adopts a forward-looking perspective amid the
    current climate of uncertainty, musing on future directions and offering suggestions for potential
    new applications in light of recent technological developments and innovations in the area.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publication30th Ascilite Conference Proceedings
    Editors H. Carter, P. Betts
    Place of PublicationAustralia
    PublisherMacquarie University
    Pages312-324
    ISBN (Print)9781741384031
    Publication statusPublished - 2013
    EventAscilite 2013: 30th Annual Conference of the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education - Sydney, Australia
    Duration: 1 Dec 20134 Dec 2013

    Conference

    ConferenceAscilite 2013: 30th Annual Conference of the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education
    CountryAustralia
    CitySydney
    Period1/12/134/12/13

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