Sustaining the future through virtual worlds

Sue Gregory, Brent Gregory, Mathew Hillier, Lisa Jacka, Stefan Schutt, David Ellis, Frederick Stokes-Thompson, Denise Wood, Yvonne Masters, Helen Farley, Lindy Orwin, Ieva Stupans, Sheila Scutter, Ian Warren, Caroline Steel, Penelope Neuendorf, Matt Bower, Charlynn Miller, Shane Mathews, Des ButlerMerle Hearns, Jaime Garcia, Jay Jay Jegathesan, Ross Brown, Grant Meredith, Eimear Muir-Cochran, Kim Flintoff, Scott Grant, Clare Atkins, Belma Gaukrodger, Angela Giovanangeli, Karen Le Rossignol, Ian Larson, Andrew Cram, Dale Linegar, Xiangyu Wang, Tracey Muir, Ben Cleland, Edith Paillat, Jenny Grenfell, Lynette Hay, Ning Gu, Anthony Williams, Simeon Simoff, Anton Bogdanovych, Angela McCarthy

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Virtual worlds continue to be used in Australia and New Zealand higher education institutions although the hype has settled. Whilst some higher education institutions continue to use virtual worlds as they have done for some time, other institutions are trialing different virtual worlds and some are opting out altogether. An overview of how 46 authors from 28 institutions see virtual worlds as an opportunity to sustain the future of higher education is presented. The positives and negatives of using virtual worlds are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFuture Challenges, Sustainable Futures
EditorsM Hartnett M Brown, T Stewart T Stewart
Place of PublicationWellington, New Zealand
PublisherMassey University and ascilite
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9780473229894
Publication statusPublished - 2012
EventASCILITE 2012: 29th International Conference on Innovation, Practice and Research in the Use of Educational Technologies in Tertiary Education - Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington, New Zealand
Duration: 25 Nov 201228 Nov 2012
Conference number: 110439 (Conference proceedings)


ConferenceASCILITE 2012
Abbreviated titleFuture challenges, sustainable futures
CountryNew Zealand
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    Gregory, S., Gregory, B., Hillier, M., Jacka, L., Schutt, S., Ellis, D., Stokes-Thompson, F., Wood, D., Masters, Y., Farley, H., Orwin, L., Stupans, I., Scutter, S., Warren, I., Steel, C., Neuendorf, P., Bower, M., Miller, C., Mathews, S., ... McCarthy, A. (2012). Sustaining the future through virtual worlds. In M. H. M. Brown, & T. S. T. Stewart (Eds.), Future Challenges, Sustainable Futures (pp. 361-368). Massey University and ascilite.