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Choreographing the dance: Reflections after three years facilitating learning experiences in SL

Gil Ortega, Mari Carmen

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Abstract

Innovation@UWE Island in Second Life, home of the MA Education in Virtual Worlds, is an example of pedagogical innovation that capitalizes on what virtual worlds have to offer to social aspects of teaching and learning. In this distance learning programme, we use Second Life to provide postgraduate learners―physically located in diverse geographical areas of the world―with a sense of community and connectedness that matches the sense of belonging that often accompanies the on-campus learning experience. In this presentation I will introduce the rationale behind the choice architecture of the learning environment as well as the instructional design of the programme to enhance co-presence and place presence, to build a true community of practice, and to foster collaboration for reflective learning. I will provide examples of students engaging in an environment where traditional conceptions of both “teaching” and “learning” do not apply, where the four-walled classroom is not the only setting where learning happens, where everyone in the group can potentially be an instructor or a peer, an expert or a novice, and learn from each other in a meaningful way.

In reflecting on, and evaluating my experience as a facilitator of several modules in this programme, I draw on evidence from: students’ interviews, chatlogs, inworld snapshots, machinima of tutorials, and my own notes and records. I conclude by identifying key lessons learned and the value of virtual worlds as environments that can bring our distance learners close to home.

Presentation Conference Type Conference Paper (unpublished)
Start Date May 10, 2015
Publication Date May 1, 2015
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
APA6 Citation Gil Ortega, M. C. (2015, May). Choreographing the dance: Reflections after three years facilitating learning experiences in SL. Paper presented at Virtual, Augmented and Mixed Reality: Changing the Face of Learning; Special Conference Stream within The Experiential Learning in Virtual Worlds Project: 5th Global Meeting
Keywords learning experiences, virtuality, facilitating learning
Publisher URL http://www.inter-disciplinary.net/at-the-interface/education/experiential-learning-in-virtual-worlds/conference-programme-abstracts-and-papers/abstracts-listed-by-author-a-l/
Additional Information Title of Conference or Conference Proceedings : Virtual, Augmented and Mixed Reality: Changing the Face of Learning; Special Conference Stream within The Experiential Learning in Virtual Worlds Project: 5th Global Meeting