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ERIC Number: ED560265
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Aug
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 27
Virtual Learning Ecosystems: A Proposed Framework for Integrating Educational Games, E-Learning Methods, and Virtual Community Platforms
Washington, Christopher
Online Submission
Digitally delivered learning shows the promise of enhancing learner motivation and engagement, advancing critical thinking skills, encouraging reflection and knowledge sharing, and improving professional self-efficacy. Digital learning objects take many forms including interactive media, apps and games, video and other e-learning activities and exercises. The author proposes the use of affordance-based design as an approach to effectively integrate learning objects and experiences into a comprehensive virtual learning ecosystem. The framework enables designers to engage in the purposeful integration of a variety of game types, e-learning methods, and virtual community platforms based on social, technical and educational affordances related to outcome expectancies. Implications of the model for instructional design, instructor training and development, learner involvement in improving instruction, and learner engagement are discussed.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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