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An exploration of teaching and learning in a virtual world in the context of higher education
Fitzsimons, Sabrina
This research provides an account of one third level educator’s experience of teaching and learning within the three dimensional multi-user virtual world Second Life. An ethnographic methodology is employed. First, a narrative of my journey of immersion into the field is provided. Three stages in this journey are identified: separation, transition and transformation. Within each stage are distinct sub-stages and each stage is explored in detail. Second, the findings from the data analysis are presented in terms of five key themes: the virtual teacher, learner engagement in the virtual world, the fear factor, getting to grips with methodology and finally, place based education in a virtual space. In the third part, the contribution to new knowledge of the thesis is explained through a virtual world adjustment theory comprising five phases; orientation, euphoria, crisis, survival and transformation. Each phase of the theory represents a movement toward new knowledge and understanding. The overall conclusion is followed by recommendations derived from the research and the implications of these recommendations for potential virtual world educators are analysed.
Keyword(s): Education; Educational technology; second life; virtual learning environments
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Type: Other
Peer-Reviewed: Unknown
Language(s): English
Contributor(s): Farren, Margaret
Institution: Dublin City University
Citation(s): Fitzsimons, Sabrina (2012) An exploration of teaching and learning in a virtual world in the context of higher education. PhD thesis, Dublin City University.
Publisher(s): Dublin City University. School of Education Studies
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