Scaffolding discovery learning in 3D virtual environments: Challenges and considerations for instructional design

Mark Lee, Barney Dalgarno

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Abstract

This chapter examines the importance of and possibilities for providing learner support and scaffolding in 3D virtual learning environments designed to promote and encourage learner exploration and discovery. The chapter begins with an overview of the need for scaffolding in discovery learning, before discussing scaffolding in technology-mediated learning environments. A framework is presented for understanding the types of scaffolding that can be provided in such environments. Using a case study based on the design of a 3D Virtual Chemistry Laboratory, examples illustrating the way each category of scaffolding within the framework could be provided within a 3D virtual environment are presented. The chapter concludes with coverage of the key considerations in designing scaffolded 3D virtual environments, as well as some of the important issues in adapting the concepts of scaffolding from face-to-face to technology-mediated environments.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationVirtual immersive and 3D learning spaces
Subtitle of host publicationEmerging technologies and trends
EditorsShalin Hai-Jew
Place of PublicationHershey, PA
PublisherIGI Global
Chapter8
Pages138-169
Number of pages32
ISBN (Electronic) 9781616928278
ISBN (Print)9781616928254
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2011

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