Pedagogy and learning for sustainability in a virtual world scaffold

Thorne, Marcia, and MacGregor, Colin (2017) Pedagogy and learning for sustainability in a virtual world scaffold. In: Gregory, Sue, and Wood, Denise, (eds.) Authentic Virtual World Education: Facilitating Cultural Engagement and Creativity. Springer, Singapore, pp. 9-23.

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Abstract

Higher education institutions have an important contribution to make to learning for sustainability and education for sustainable development. A blended learning approach in a virtual world called Second Life was utilised in The Case for Sustainability, a second year core subject at James Cook University in Cairns Australia. The aim was to provide a rich contextual landscape to stimulate learner engagement with sustainability curricula. Data from student assessment tasks—a written review, an oral presentation, and ePortfolio submission, a voluntary online survey, tutorial observations, and conversations with students— were comparatively analysed with subject learning outcomes and desired graduate attributes. Findings confirm a high level of learner engagement with the topic, improved student engagement with the subject’s learning outcomes, and developed graduate attributes of information literacy, self-reliance and interpersonal understanding, and with the use of tools and technologies. This blended learning activity in a virtual world scaffold augmented undergraduate critical thinking and problem solving for real-world sustainability learning.

Item ID: 52250
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
ISBN: 978-981-10-6381-7
Keywords: virtual world learning; pedagogy; sustainability
Date Deposited: 22 Jun 2018 00:00
FoR Codes: 13 EDUCATION > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130202 Curriculum and Pedagogy Theory and Development @ 100%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9301 Learner and Learning > 930102 Learner and Learning Processes @ 50%
93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930201 Pedagogy @ 50%
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