Design, Implementation, and Evaluation of Virtual Learning Environments

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Thomas, Michael
IGI Global, Jun 30, 2012 - Education - 344 pages
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Virtual learning environments offer a novel environment through which teachers can engage students in active learning. Whether through virtual worlds such as Second Life or a custom-designed personal learning environment, together students and teachers can explore new boundaries in education.

Design, Implementation, and Evaluation of Virtual Learning Environments highlights invaluable research covering the design, development, and evaluation of online learning environments. An essential resource for academics, professionals, corporate trainers and policy makers, this book examines the role of technology enhanced learning in this emerging area.

 

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Contents

The Centralisation Dilemma in Educational IT
1
eLearning in the Cloud
10
Toward a Personal Learning Environment Framework
20
Section 2
41
Designing Effective Spaces Tasks and Metrics for Communication in Second Life Within the Context of Programming LEGO NXT Mindstorms Robots
42
Homo Virtualis
58
Second Life as a Surrogate for Experiential Learning
77
An Interdisciplinary Design Project in Second Life
93
Affective Load and Engagement in Second Life
168
Investigating Modes of Student Inquiry in Second Life as Part of a Blended Approach
184
LowCost Virtual Laboratory Workbench for Electronic Engineering
201
Section 4
218
The Development of a Personal Learning Environment in Second Life
219
A Framework for the Assessment of WikiBased Collaborative Learning Activities
237
Evaluating GamesBased Learning
250
Challenges Facing the Semantic Web and Social Software as Communication Technology Agents in ELearning Environments
265

Virtual Speed Mentoring in the Workplace Current Approaches to Personal Informal Learning in the Workplace
112
Section 3
120
Communication and Education in a Virtual World
121
Mechanics Simulations in Second Life
137
Development of an Interactive Virtual 3D Model of the Human Testis Using the Second Life Platform
153
Compilation of References
279
About the Contributors
307
Index
316
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Michael Thomas, BA (Hons), M.Ed., MBA, Ph.D., FHEA, is Senior Lecturer in Language Learning Technologies at the University of Central Lancashire, United Kingdom. He has taught at universities in the United Kingdom, Germany, and Japan. His research interests are in task-based learning, digital technologies in education, and online and distance learning. He is lead editor of three book series, “Digital Education and Learning” (with J. P. Gee and J. Palfrey), “Advances in Digital Language Learning and Teaching” (with M. Peterson and M. Warschauer), and “Advances in Virtual and Personal Learning Environments.” He has published over ten books including Handbook of Research on Web 2.0 and Second Language Learning (2009), Interactive Whiteboards for Education: Theory, Research and Practice (2010), Task-Based Language Learning & Teaching with Technology (with H. Reinders) (2010), Digital Education: Opportunities for Social Collaboration (2011), Deconstructing Digital Natives: Young People, Technology and the New Literacies (2011), and Online Learning: Volumes I-IV (2011). He has completed funded research projects and consultancies on digital gaming, open educational resources, mobile learning and blended learning. Dr. Thomas is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. [Editor]

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