Where next for virtual worlds in UK higher and further education?
Looking at Eduserv funded research into virtual worlds for learning and teaching. #wn4vw
London Knowledge Lab
Monday Jan 25th 2010
In November 2006 Eduserv tentatively decided to issue a grant call inviting suggestions for research into the use of 3D virtual worlds for learning and teaching. We were unsure what to expect in response. The result was overwhelming and by the autumn of the following year we had funded 3 research projects, held a successful and hugely over-subscribed symposium in May 2007, and were in the process of commissioning a series of snapshot studies looking at the uptake of Second Life in UK HE and FE, undertaken on our behalf by John Kirriemuir.
This event celebrated the success of these activities, looking at the lessons that have been learned over the last two and a half years, and discussing where we might go in the future. The day consisted of a series of presentations, each followed by a discussion, investigating some of the key themes and issues as we move forward.
The Future of Virtual Environments
Ralph Schroeder, Oxford Internet Institute
What Next For Virtual Worlds
John Kirriemuir, Virtual Worlds Watch
Where next for virtual worlds? The Theatron 3 project
Mark Childs, Coventry University
Rethinking concepts in virtual worlds and education research
Diane Carr and Martin Oliver, London Knowledge Lab
Where next for virtual worlds?
Dan Livingstone, University of West of Scotland