Experiential Learning in Virtual Worlds: Opening an Undiscovered Country

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Experiential Learning in Virtual Worlds: Opening an Undiscovered Country

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Edited by Paul Jerry and Linda Lindsey

Year: 2011

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Over the course of several beautiful days in March 2011, a number of experts from around the world gathered together to consider the potentials and possibilities of the use of a virtual spaces to enhance the next end learning experiences. This volume is a snapshot of those several days in Prague in which a group of individuals interested in the virtual, gathered together in the real, and considered what it meant to exist in, and make use of the virtual in service of education and learning.

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Over the course of several days in March 2011, a number of experts from around the world gathered together to consider the potentials and possibilities of the use of a virtual spaces to enhance learning experiences. This volume is a snapshot of those several days in Prague in which a group of individuals interested in the virtual, gathered together in the real, and considered what it meant to exist in, and make use of the virtual in service of education and learning. The advent of information communication technologies has changed how we work, teach, learn, and relate to each other. The idea of a virtual world encompasses online communities, communities of inquiry, formal teaching and learning, and horror and fantasy games, as well as how we interact socially online. The experiences gained in such virtual worlds, whether high or low tech, impact who we are in the analog world and what we bring to the virtual. Finding several emergent themes including issues related to the medium itself, the complexities of identity in multiple spaces and pragmatic questions of technique and practice, the papers contained in this volume, and the discussions they sparked, lead us closer to understanding the potential for using virtual worlds in the delivery of experiential learning.

Introduction
Paul Jerry

Developing Learning Communities in Distance Online Courses: Pedagogical and Community Building Strategies
Kwok-Wing Lai

Understanding and Intervening in Virtual Learning in Higher Education Institutions
Ana Torres

Experience as an Essential Aspect of Learning and Teaching in Virtual Worlds
Tomas Bouda

E-Teachers and E-Tutors: A Networking
Maria de Fátima Goulão

Virtual Exchanges in Online Learning: Developing Best Teaching Practices and Strategies
Bob G. Barrett

A Phenomenographic Study to Investigate Practising Architects’ Experiences of Second Life
Moira Hunter

The Courtship Hypothesis and Second Life: Explaining Sexual Behaviour in a Virtual World
Paul Jerry

Citizenship, Identity and Experiential Learning in the Virtual World
Stewart Martin

Love It or Hate It: Students’ Responses to the Experience of Virtual Worlds
Marc Childs and Anna Peachey

Leadership Lessons from Pandora and Beyond
Jim Gritton

Lok’tar Ogar! Leadership in the World of Warcraft
Melissa Johnson Farrar

Spirituality in a Hybrid, Experiential Leadership Development Program
Stuart Allen and Peter Williams

Do I Know You?: Virtual Communities and Their Impact on Identity
Sanjana Govil

Second Life and Higher Education: New Opportunities for Teaching and Learning
Yvonne Masters and Sue Gregory

Archipelago Design: Virtualopolis and the Interactive Virtual Team Scenario
Karen Le Rossignol

Virtual Simulation as an Alternative to Work Integrated Learning (W.I.L.)
Willa Louw

Tuesdays with an Open and Distance Learning Mentor
Abrie Michau and Willa Louw

Virtual Reality for Personalized Health Coaching
Rami al-Gharaibeh, Ayad Salhieh, Mostafa Ali and Khaled Jadallah

Problem-Based Learning in Virtual Worlds: A Case Study in User Interface Design
Spyros Vosinakis, Panayiotis Koutsabasis, Panagiotis Zaharias and Marios Belk

On Line Games for Understanding Elements of Complex Situations
Mario Allegra, Dario La Guardia, Manuel Gentile, Giovanni Fulantelli and Davide Taibi

Evaluating Podcasting as a Teaching and Learning Tool in an Open and Distance Learning (ODL) Environment
Kerry de Hart and Leonie Steyn

Rethinking Teaching and Learning through Machinima Professional Development on Sloodle
Sue Gregory

OMG: Zola & Dope Fantasize Communities of Practice
Brent Hirak and Linda Lindsey

Paul Jerry is Associate Professor and Director of the Graduate Centre for Applied Psychology, Athabasca University. His research interests include clinical training from a psychoanalytic perspective, regulation of professional psychology, and the use of counselling skills to manage virtual education experiences. He is a Past President of the College of Alberta Psychologists and is a Registered Psychologist maintaining a clinical practice in rural Canada.

Linda Lindsey earns her masters of education in 2011 and plans to continue her studies in a Ph.D program investigating her favorite subject–online learning.