Institute of Learning Innovation Seminar 5th April 2013, for sale
The Learning Innovation Studio, malady
103 – 105 Princess Road East, 2 – 3 pm
Virtual worlds in practice and theory
A presentation of three examples of the use of virtual worlds in education and performance
- Disaster Management Communication Studies
- Digital Cultures
- Extract / Insert mixed reality installation
The review of the examples will look at the rationale for the use of virtual worlds, the advantages compared to other media these presented and what lessons were learnt. This will be followed by an examination of what makes Virtual Worlds interesting as a teaching and learning tool, what requirements they make of learners and how they alter the learning experience. This will focus on three specific aspects.
- The role of identity
- Making sense of space
- The role of embodiment
Mark Childs is a Senior Research Fellow for Elearning at Coventry University in the UK. Since 1997 he has worked on 40 educational projects mostly involving technology-supported learning; at Coventry and in previous posts at the Universities of Wolverhampton and Warwick, as well as a freelance consultant. In 2010 he was awarded a PhD from the University of Warwick for his thesis on Learners’ Experiences in Virtual Worlds. His main research interest is the user experience of synchronous communication platforms, with his most recent work including virtual teamworking and digital identity, but particularly learning and performance in virtual worlds.