Preparing a case for the effectiveness of 3D virtual worlds in electronic learning

giving education a second life

Mohammed J. Alghamdi, Debbie Richards

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Abstract

The potential of 3D virtual worlds to introduce a new educational medium which can serve all types of learning as well as enhance the experience of both the instructor and learner appropriate to the 21st century classroom has been recognised and explored in previous studies. While participants report enjoyment and even improved learning outcomes, it is unclear what role the technology has played in achieving these benefits. Furthermore, e-learning, with its many forms, has been criticized due to the inability of the technology to provide the means which allows e-learning to become an equivalent alternative to traditional face-to-face learning particularly in terms of effectiveness and quality. The proposed study will examine explore these issues by assessing new alternatives, namely the use of Second Life, to traditional face-to-face education.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Computer Supported Education - Volume 1: CSEDU
EditorsJosé Cordeiro, Boris Shishkov, Alexander Verbraeck, Markus Helfert
Place of PublicationPortugal
PublisherSciTePress
Pages477-480
Number of pages4
Volume1
ISBN (Print)9789896740238
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2010
Event2nd International Conference on Computer Supported Education, CSEDU - 2010 - Valencia, Spain
Duration: 7 Apr 201010 Apr 2010

Other

Other2nd International Conference on Computer Supported Education, CSEDU - 2010
CountrySpain
CityValencia
Period7/04/1010/04/10

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    Alghamdi, M. J., & Richards, D. (2010). Preparing a case for the effectiveness of 3D virtual worlds in electronic learning: giving education a second life. In J. Cordeiro, B. Shishkov, A. Verbraeck, & M. Helfert (Eds.), Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Computer Supported Education - Volume 1: CSEDU (Vol. 1, pp. 477-480). Portugal: SciTePress. https://doi.org/10.5220/0002852304770480