Presence Pedagogy: Teaching and Learning in a 3D Virtual Immersive World

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Robert L. Sanders Ed.D., Professor (Creator)
Appalachian State University (ASU )
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Abstract: As the use of 3D immersive virtual worlds in higher education expands, it is important to examine which pedagogical approaches are most likely to bring about success. AET Zone, a 3D immersive virtual world in use for more than seven years, is one embodiment of pedagogical innovation that capitalizes on what virtual worlds have to offer to social aspects of teaching and learning. The authors have characterized this approach as Presence Pedagogy (P2), a way of teaching and learning that is grounded in social constructivist theory. In it, the concepts of presence, building a true community of practice, and constructing an online environment which fosters collaboration for reflective learning are paramount. Unlike learning communities that might emerge from a particular course taught under more traditional circumstances, students engaged in a P2 learning environment become members of a broader community of practice in which everyone in the community is a potential instructor, peer, expert, and novice—all of whom learn with and from one another.

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Bronack, S.C., Sanders, R.L., Cheney, A., Riedl, R.E., Tashner, J.H. & Matzen, N.J. (2008). Presence pedagogy: Teaching and learning in a 3D virtual immersive world. International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, 20(1). (ISSN: 1812-9129) published by the International Society for Exploring Teaching and Learning. The copy of record is available open access at: Archived in NCDOCKS with permission of the editors.
Language: English
Date: 2008

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