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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10547/333419
Title:
Investing in ephemeral virtual worlds: an educational perspective
Authors:
Christopoulos, Athanasios; Conrad, Marc
Abstract:
The increased demand for the use of virtual worlds in higher education has led many educators and researchers in in-depth analysis and evaluation of a number of different virtual environments, aiming to highlight their potentials. Until recently, Second Life was one of the most widely used virtual worlds for educational purposes. However, the decision of Linden Lab to stop offering the educational discount, the rumours around its future and the emergence of a novel technology called OpenSim challenged institutions’ decisions to keep using Second Life. In a try to identify the way institutions make their decision to use a virtual world, 34 interviews have been conducted with university educators. The results of this study reveal that both the cost and the persistence of a virtual world play an important role on this decision. However, there are still some unique benefits offered by each world affecting to a great extent the educators’ decision. We conclude the paper by advocating the use of a cross-institutional hypergrid.
Affiliation:
University of Bedfordshire
Citation:
Christopoulos, A., Conrad, M. (2014) 'Investing in Ephemeral Virtual Worlds: An Educational Perspective' To appear in 6th International Conference on Computer Supported Education (CSEDU) 2014, Barcelona, Spain.
Journal:
6th International Conference on Computer Supported Education (CSEDU)
Issue Date:
2014
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10547/333419
DOI:
10.5220/0004957801180123
Additional Links:
http://www.scitepress.org/DigitalLibrary/Index/DOI/10.5220/0004957801180123; https://files.ifi.uzh.ch/stiller/.../CSEDU/.../CSEDU_2014_223_CR.pdf
Type:
Conference papers, meetings and proceedings
Language:
en
Appears in Collections:
National Centre for Cyberstalking Research (NCCR)

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dc.contributor.authorChristopoulos, Athanasiosen
dc.contributor.authorConrad, Marcen
dc.date.accessioned2014-10-30T11:19:16Z-
dc.date.available2014-10-30T11:19:16Z-
dc.date.issued2014-
dc.identifier.citationChristopoulos, A., Conrad, M. (2014) 'Investing in Ephemeral Virtual Worlds: An Educational Perspective' To appear in 6th International Conference on Computer Supported Education (CSEDU) 2014, Barcelona, Spain.en
dc.identifier.doi10.5220/0004957801180123-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10547/333419-
dc.description.abstractThe increased demand for the use of virtual worlds in higher education has led many educators and researchers in in-depth analysis and evaluation of a number of different virtual environments, aiming to highlight their potentials. Until recently, Second Life was one of the most widely used virtual worlds for educational purposes. However, the decision of Linden Lab to stop offering the educational discount, the rumours around its future and the emergence of a novel technology called OpenSim challenged institutions’ decisions to keep using Second Life. In a try to identify the way institutions make their decision to use a virtual world, 34 interviews have been conducted with university educators. The results of this study reveal that both the cost and the persistence of a virtual world play an important role on this decision. However, there are still some unique benefits offered by each world affecting to a great extent the educators’ decision. We conclude the paper by advocating the use of a cross-institutional hypergrid.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.relation.urlhttp://www.scitepress.org/DigitalLibrary/Index/DOI/10.5220/0004957801180123en
dc.relation.urlhttps://files.ifi.uzh.ch/stiller/.../CSEDU/.../CSEDU_2014_223_CR.pdfen
dc.subjectvirtual worlden
dc.subjectvirtual realityen
dc.subjectvirtual learningen
dc.subjectSecond Lifeen
dc.subjectOpensimen
dc.subjectpersistenceen
dc.titleInvesting in ephemeral virtual worlds: an educational perspectiveen
dc.typeConference papers, meetings and proceedingsen
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Bedfordshireen
dc.identifier.journal6th International Conference on Computer Supported Education (CSEDU)en
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