Trinity: Class of Iteration 2.2 September 2010

Iteration 2.2: Student Constructed Learning Spaces in 3D MUVE

I have observed many things while working with different schools, students and teachers in projects this year. The one thing that stood out for me is the ‘transferring’ process.

‘Transferring’ presents itself in various degrees and forms, ranging from slight to significant:

  • transfer in learning
  • transfer in belief
  • transfer in ideas and concepts
  • transfer in behaviour
  • transfer in thinking
  • transfer in teaching practice
  • transfer in classroom management
  • transfer in engagement and motivation

Why does this happen? 3D Virtual Worlds in teaching and learning allows for the idea of ‘Concept Actualisation’. In other words, the ability

  • to create something very quickly;
  • to realise an idea that has been scribbled down on paper;
  • to look at something from all different angles and perspectives;
  • to have opportunities to collaborate and problem-solve together and
  • to ‘experience’ the learning rather than just looking at or talking about things in abstract terms – all within an immersive environment.

While I have been working with teachers and students, I have been reflecting on my own teaching practice. It has assisted me to understand more on how students learn and interact in this learning space. Can ‘transfer’ in learning be ‘transformed’? Absolutely – Technologies such as 3D Virtual Worlds can support student learning. It is a very powerful tool and when all these elements are combined, the possibilities for teaching and learning are endless.

Especially when teachers tell you that their students are excited about learning, they go home to tell their parents what they are learning and they are ‘running to class’ you know that this is what teaching and learning is about.

Students from this project iteration will be presenting their work on Learning Spaces in 3D MUVE at the Listen2Learners “Be Very Afraid” (BVA7) conference in Melbourne on 10-11 October, 2010. http://www.heppell.net/bva/

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