ERIC Number: EJ1029022
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Abstractor: As Provided
Evaluating a "Second Life" Problem-Based Learning (PBL) Demonstrator Project: What Can We Learn?
Beaumont, Chris; Savin-Baden, Maggi; Conradi, Emily; Poulton, Terry
Interactive Learning Environments, v22 n1 p125-141 2014
This article reports the findings of a demonstrator project to evaluate how effectively Immersive Virtual Worlds (IVWs) could support problem-based learning. The project designed, created and evaluated eight scenarios within "Second Life" (SL) for undergraduate courses in health care management and paramedic training. Evaluation was primarily qualitative, using illuminative evaluation which provided multiple perspectives through interviews, focus groups and questionnaires with designers, facilitators, learning technologists and students. Results showed that SL provided a rich, engaging environment which enhanced authenticity of the scenarios, though there were issues of access and usability. The article concludes by drawing together the lessons learned which will inform educators who seek to design and develop learning scenarios in this medium.
Descriptors: Virtual Classrooms, Demonstration Programs, Program Evaluation, Problem Based Learning, Computer Simulation, Undergraduate Students, Health Education, Training, Qualitative Research, Semi Structured Interviews, Student Attitudes, Access to Information, Information Retrieval, Usability, Instructional Design, Vignettes, Focus Groups, Questionnaires, Allied Health Occupations Education, Foreign Countries
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom