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Title: An exploration of higher education teaching in a virtual world in the context of blended learning
Author: Ata, Ridvan
ISNI:       0000 0004 5349 4550
Awarding Body: University of Sheffield
Current Institution: University of Sheffield
Date of Award: 2014
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This research explores teaching experiences of educators within the virtual world of Second Life and pedagogical practices adopted. A Case Study with an ethnographic perspective is employed. A blended approach is applied by using physical classrooms, BlackboardTM, web-based resources, and the virtual world of Second Life in an Information Literacy class for 1st year undergraduate students at an institution in the UK. In reflecting on and evaluating the teaching experiences, evidence is drawn from observations, semi structured interviews, chatlogs, snapshots, and field notes. A thematic approach is used to analyse the data. The findings from the data analysis are presented in terms of seven themes: cybergogy, creativity, trial and error, wow moment, uncertainty, experiential learning, and dynamic relationship. The overall conclusion is followed by recommendations derived from the research, and the implications of the study for potential immersive teaching experiences are discussed.
Supervisor: Davies, Julia ; Webber, Sheila Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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