1st Global Conference Experiential Learning in Virtual Worlds

Venue: Prague

Location: Prague, Czech Republic

Event Date/Time: Mar 20, 2011 End Date/Time: Mar 20, 2011
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1st Global Conference Experiential Learning in Virtual Worlds Sunday 20th March – Tuesday 22nd March 2011 Prague, Czech Republic Call for Papers The advent of Information and Communication Technologies has changed how we work, teach, learn, and relate to each other. The idea of a virtual world encompasses online communities, communities of inquiry, formal teaching and learning, and horror and fantasy games. The experiences gained in such virtual worlds, whether high or low tech, impact who we are in the analog world (and vice versa): Who am I? How do we relate to each other? What is my role? How can we be productive as a team? What is mortality? How do we resolve conflict? These questions are addressed, to some degree, through the experiences we have in virtual worlds. What are we learning through those experiences? How can we perform better in both worlds? The aim of this conference will be to examine formal and informal learning in virtual worlds in an attempt to critique both its essential characteristics and its future possibilities. Teachers of all levels, university faculty, virtual world players, researchers, and others interested in what happens in virtual worlds and what it means for us as humans are invited to participate. Being such a broad topic, Experiential Learning in Virtual Worlds defies a definitive list of sub-topics but the following list is indicative of the envisaged topics covered within this Call for Papers: * Virtual and global teams * Communication modes and etiquette * Skill development in MMORPGs * Online communities, formal and informal * Case studies of experimental projects * Understanding mortality in the virtual worlds * Sexuality: appropriate behaviour in virtual learning worlds * Play, fun, fantasy and horror in the virtual world * Art of building a virtual persona * Emerging technologies within Higher Education * International technology challenges * Blended Learning approaches * Expectations of performance in virtual spaces * Metrics and assessment in virtual worlds * New forms of testing in virtual worlds * Organizational issues/strategies in Virtual education * Professional development/support structures * Role switching between traditional and virtual organizations Papers will be considered on any related theme. The Steering Group also welcomes the submission of pre-formed panel proposals. Papers will be considered on any related theme. 300 word abstracts should be submitted by Friday 1st October 2010. All submissions are minimally double bl