The Future of Internet-Based Education through Virtual Worlds

By Dean Zeller.

Published by The Learner Collection

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As educators, it is our responsibility to learn and adapt to changing times in society. Even in the last ten years there have been fundamental changes in how instruction is delivered. In the late 1990’s, the boom of the Internet created online classes, discussion boards, wikis, blogs, and many other new methods of communication. It is a decade later, and some believe another fundamental change is on the horizon. This paper posits virtual worlds such as Second Life as a possible avenue for a potentially fundamental change in how people communicate through the Internet. The paper also discusses how such a change will affect the educational community, including virtual classrooms, online collaboration, and 3D manipulatives.

Keywords: Virtual Worlds, Internet-based Education, Introductory Programming Curriculum, Simulations

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 15, Issue 10, pp.45-56. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 795.253KB).

Dean Zeller

PhD Student, Department of Computer Science, Kent State University, Kent, Ohio, USA

Dean L. Zeller is in the computer science Ph.D. program at Kent State University. He achieved his Masters of Science in computer science from Bowling Green State University in 1996, as well as his Bachelors of Science in mathematics and computer science in 1992. He has over ten years of teaching experience in the education industry. Eight of the ten years have been in higher education environments, teaching classes introducing new students to computers, mid-level programming classes such as data structures and computer architecture, and up to advanced courses on compiler design, artificial intelligence, and computability theory. He also has two years of experience teaching to high- and middle-school students. His research interests include: computer science education, virtual worlds, and bioinformatics.

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