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Changing worlds: Virtual worlds for higher degree research, supervision and networking.
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, Southern Cross University, Australia ; , University of New England, United States ; , University of South Australia, Australia ; , University of New England, United States ; , University of Southern Queensland, Australia ; , Southern Cross University, Australia ; , Monash University, Australia ; , Manukau Institute of Technology, New Zealand

ASCILITE - Australian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education Annual Conference, Publisher: Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education

Abstract

The DEHub Virtual Worlds Working Group (VWWG) consists of Australian and New Zealand higher education academics investigating the role that virtual worlds (VWs) play in the future of education. A sub group of the VWWG that includes Higher Degree Research (HDR) students and supervisors have been meeting regularly in the VW of second life. Many of these HDR students are the only student within their institution researching VWs. In many ways they lack the peer support that is so important to facilitate an expedient and successful completion of PhD candidates’ dissertations. Through the regular VW meetings the HDR VW group have overcome the isolation of working alone and have developed a strong collegial network that extends beyond their individual institutions. These students and supervisors represent a cross section of researchers who are using VWs as a vital resource for their investigations, collegial networking and student-supervisor communication. Meeting with like-minded HDR students has facilitated a range of opinions and debate in relation to supervisor roles, methodologies, VW skills and research techniques. 622

Citation

Jacka, L., Gregory, S., Stokes-Thompson, F., Orwin, L.M., Farley, H., Ellis, A., Grant, S. & Hearns, M. (2011). Changing worlds: Virtual worlds for higher degree research, supervision and networking. In Proceedings of ASCILITE - Australian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education Annual Conference 2011 (pp. 622-623). Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education. Retrieved May 24, 2019 from .

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