Authentic Virtual World Education

Facilitating Cultural Engagement and Creativity

  • Sue Gregory
  • Denise Wood

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Debbie Corder, Alice U-Mackey
    Pages 25-43
  3. Janice K. Jones, Helen Farley, Angela Murphy
    Pages 45-59
  4. Torsten Reiners, Lincoln C. Wood, Marko Teräs, Hanna Teräs, Sue Gregory, Vanessa Chang et al.
    Pages 61-78
  5. Ali Fardinpour, Torsten Reiners, Lincoln C. Wood
    Pages 79-94
  6. Scott Grant, Hui Huang, Sarah Pasfield-Neofitou
    Pages 95-115
  7. Michael Henderson, Lyn Henderson, Scott Grant, Hui Huang
    Pages 117-134
  8. Sue Gregory, Denise Wood
    Pages 199-203

About this book


The book presents the possibilities and realities of virtual worlds in education through the application of 3D virtual worlds to support authentic learning, creativity, learner engagement and cultural diversity in higher education. It includes a unique variety of cross disciplinary approaches to research, teaching and learning in a virtual world, including analysis of data from the experiences of students in education, law, Chinese language, sustainability, computer architecture, business, health and the Arts. The book provides unique learning experiences that have celebrated the rich media of virtual world environments through the utilisation of affordances such as simulation, bots, synchronous interaction, machinima and games. The perspectives come from Australia and New Zealand higher education academics but transferable to any higher educational institution in the sector, worldwide, and is significant to various disciplines in the higher education field.


Virtual worlds Second Life Online learning Distance education Higher education Cultural diversity Intercultural awareness Multi-user virtual environments Legal education Cognitive engagement Thinking skills Second language acquisition Internationalisation Stimulated recall methodology

Editors and affiliations

  • Sue Gregory
    • 1
  • Denise Wood
    • 2
  1. 1.School of EducationUniversity of New EnglandArmidaleAustralia
  2. 2.Central Queensland UniversityRockhampton NorthAustralia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Education
  • Print ISBN 978-981-10-6381-7
  • Online ISBN 978-981-10-6382-4
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