Institutional support for and barriers to the use of 3D immersive virtual worlds in higher education

Barney Dalgarno, Mark Lee, Lauren Carlson, Sue Gregory, Belinda Tynan

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Anecdotal evidence suggests that despite recognising the potential benefits of 3D immersive virtual worlds for learning and teaching, many academic staff have chosen not to adopt them, due in large part to the complex array of technical and policy hurdles that must be negotiated in order to make use of such resources within higher education institutions. This paper presents selected results from the questionnaire phase of an Australia and New Zealand-wide scoping study of the use of 3D immersive virtual worlds in higher education. The particular focus in the paper is on findings from the questionnaire about support provided within institutions, technical and other barriers encountered by those considering adoption, and whether and how these were overcome.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Annual Conference of the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education (ASCILITE 2011)
EditorsB Cleland
Place of PublicationTasmania
PublisherUniversity of Tasmania
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9781862956445
Publication statusPublished - 2011
EventASCILITE 2011: 28th International Conference on Innovation, Practice and Research in the Use of Educational Technologies in Tertiary Education - Wrest Point, Hobart, Australia
Duration: 04 Dec 201107 Dec 2011


ConferenceASCILITE 2011
Abbreviated titleChanging demands, changing directions
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