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NCTIES Poster 2009
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  • 1. Constructing Knowledge Together in Virtual Worlds: Appalachian State’s AET Zone Amy Cheney Appalachian State University
  • 2. Online Learning <ul><li>Advantages? </li></ul><ul><li>Limitations? </li></ul>
  • 3. Why Should We Care About Virtual Worlds? <ul><li>By 2011, over 80% of active Internet users will have a virtual presence (Gartner, 2007) </li></ul><ul><li>More than 200 virtual worlds are active or in development for children 18 and under (Virtual Worlds Management, 2009) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>This is 50 more than in August of 2008 </li></ul></ul>
  • 4. What is Gained?
  • 5. See the Difference?
  • 6. Social Constructivism and Virtual Worlds (RCOE Conceptual Framework) <ul><li>Learning occurs through participation in a Community of Practice; </li></ul><ul><li>Knowledge is socially constructed and learning is social in nature in a Community of Practice; </li></ul><ul><li>Learners proceed through stages of development from Novice to Expert under the guidance of more experienced and knowledgeable mentors and among likeminded peers in the Community of Practice; </li></ul>
  • 7. Social Constructivism <ul><li>An identifiable knowledge base that is both general in nature and also specific to specialties emerges from focused activity within the Community of Practice; </li></ul><ul><li>All professional educators develop a set of Dispositions reflecting attitudes, beliefs, and values common to the Community of Practice. </li></ul>
  • 8. Why a 3D Virtual Environment for Education? <ul><li>Population served </li></ul><ul><li>Social constructivist philosophy </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Wanted to build a community of learners throughout North Carolina </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Hoped to facilitate meaningful interactions in the learning environment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Did not think that traditional web-based tools (i.e. WebCT) offered these types of opportunities </li></ul></ul></ul>
  • 9. Group Discussion of Education in Japan in AET Zone
  • 10. History of AET Zone <ul><li>First server purchased more than eight years ago (ActiveWorlds – www.activeworlds.com ) </li></ul><ul><li>Began moving all courses in Instructional Technology program into the environment </li></ul><ul><li>Now it is the core environment for this Master’s program </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Also provides course environment/interaction with other programs </li></ul></ul>
  • 11. Features of AET Zone <ul><li>Along with AW server . . . </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Threaded discussion board </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Talking Communities ( www.talking communities.com ) Voice over IP utility, which includes desktop and document sharing, whiteboard, etc. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Wikis, blogs, other Web 2.0 tools imbedded throughout </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Developed own student management system </li></ul></ul>
  • 12. What Has Happened? <ul><li>More than 2400 citizens of the Zone, including students, alumni, guests and speakers from around the nation and world </li></ul><ul><li>Added content and interactive elements </li></ul><ul><li>Collaborative learning environment has developed </li></ul>
  • 13. Necessary Conditions <ul><li>Presence and co-presence </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Facilitated by avatars </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Instructor presence a requirement </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Modeling </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Encouraging conversation and interaction </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Structuring of courses to require both small and large group student interactions around common goals </li></ul>
  • 14. A Tour of AET Zone <ul><li>Let’s take a look around! </li></ul>
  • 15. Resources <ul><li>Gartner Research (2007). Gartner Says 80 Percent of Active Internet Users Will Have A &quot;Second Life&quot; in the Virtual World by the End of 2011. Retrieved February 15, 2009, from http://www.gartner.com/it/page.jsp?id=503861 . </li></ul><ul><li>Reich College of Education – Appalachian State University, Boone, N.C. (2005). Conceptual Framework. Retrieved November 6, 2008, from http://ced.appstate.edu/about/conceptualframework.aspx. </li></ul><ul><li>Virtual Worlds Management (2009). 200+ Youth Worlds Live or Developing . Retrieved February 15, 2009, from http://www.virtualworldsmanagement.com/2009/youth-01-26-2009.html . </li></ul>
  • 16. Contact Information <ul><li>Amy Cheney </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Assistant Professor, Instructional Technology Department of Leadership and Educational Studies Appalachian State University [email_address] </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>AET Zone: A Virtual World for Learning </li></ul></ul>

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