Students as Designers of Virtual World Learning Environments

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Jacka, Lisa and Booth, Kate. 2019. "Students as Designers of Virtual World Learning Environments." Pre-Service and In-Service Teacher Education: Concepts, Methodologies, Tools, and Applications. IGI Global. pp. 1697-1712
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Students as Designers of Virtual World Learning Environments

Book Chapter CategoryEdited book (chapter)
ERA Publisher ID2177
Book TitlePre-Service and In-Service Teacher Education: Concepts, Methodologies, Tools, and Applications
AuthorsJacka, Lisa (Author) and Booth, Kate (Author)
Page Range1697-1712
Chapter Number79
Number of Pages16
Year2019
PublisherIGI Global
ISBN9781522573050
9781522573067
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.4018/978-1-5225-7305-0.ch079
Web Address (URL)https://www.igi-global.com/book/teacher-education-concepts-methodologies-tools/
Abstract

Virtual worlds provide pre-service teachers with the opportunity to study teaching and learning in an immersive 3D computer based environment. The pre-service teacher is able to become a designer of learning environments in ways that were previously impossible in a traditional bricks and mortar classroom. The learning environment that pre-service teachers create can, in turn, inform established educators about the usefulness of virtual worlds for education. In the School of Education at Southern Cross University, Australia, pre-service teachers have been given the opportunity to design and build virtual world learning environments. This chapter presents the story of one pre-service teacher and her tutor as they discuss the design of a virtual world learning environment for maths. This particular design project resulted in virtual worlds being integrated across a number of pre-service teacher courses and extended into the K-6 classroom. An overview of these other projects is also presented.

Keywordsteacher education; pre-service teachers; Information Communication Technology (ICT); virtual world learning environment; maths; Southern Cross University; Australia
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020390405. Educational technology and computing
390307. Teacher education and professional development of educators
390303. Higher education
Byline AffiliationsSouthern Cross University
Journal TitlePre-Service and In-Service Teacher Education: Concepts, Methodologies, Tools, and Applications
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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