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Title: Conclusion
Contributor(s): Dalgarno, Barney (author); Lee, Mark J W (author); Gregory, Sue  (author)orcid ; Tynan, Belinda (author)
Publication Date: 2016
Open Access: Yes
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Abstract: Although virtual worlds, and 3D virtual environments more broadly, have been used in educational contexts for more than 20 years, there remains a great deal that we still do not know about how best to design and use them to maximize learning effectiveness and outcomes. The contributors to this volume have explored a range of research topics related to the use of virtual worlds in education. Topics spanned human-computer interaction issues related to navigation, communication, identity formation, and authentic learning; leading-edge technologies that have the potential to take learning in virtual worlds forward in new directions, with a specific focus on conversational agents and computer-controlled avatars; and considerations and frameworks for designing and implementing learning in virtual worlds. The contributions made by these chapters within the broad areas of human-computer interaction, advanced technologies, and learning design and implementation are discussed in turn in the following parts before concluding with a summary of the main contributions of the book as a whole and the opportunities that exist for future research.
Publication Type: Book Chapter
Source of Publication: Learning in Virtual Worlds: Research and Applications, p. 295-306
Publisher: Athabasca University Press
Place of Publication: Edmonton, Canada
ISBN: 9781771991339
Field of Research (FOR): 130306 Educational Technology and Computing
130103 Higher Education
130212 Science, Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy
HERDC Category Description: B2 Chapter in a Book - Other
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Series Name: Issues in Distance Education
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