CFP: Experiential Learning, Virtual Worlds

1st Global Conference, Experiential Learning in Virtual Worlds, Sunday 20th March – Tuesday 22nd March 2011, Prague, Czech Republic

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 blind peer reviewed where appropriate. If an abstract is accepted for the conference, a full draft paper should be submitted by Friday 4th February 2011. Abstracts should be submitted simultaneously to the Organising Chairs; abstracts may be in Word, WordPerfect, or RTF formats with the following information and in this order: a) author(s), b) affiliation, c) email address, d) title of abstract, e) body of abstract

Please use plain text (Times Roman 12) and abstain from using footnotes and any special formatting, characters or emphasis (such as bold, italics or underline). We acknowledge receipt and answer to all paper proposals submitted. If you do not receive a reply from us in a week you should assume we did not receive your proposal; it might be lost in cyberspace! We suggest, then, to look for an alternative electronic route or resend. If an abstract is accepted for the conference, a 12-20 page full draft paper should be submitted to both Organising Chairs by Monday 7th February 2011.

Organising Chairs: Peter Williams, Assistant Professor Organizational Leadership, University of La Verne, La Verne, California, USA, E-mail: pwilliams@stlearn.com

Rob Fisher, Network Founder and Network Leader, Inter-Disciplinary.Net, Freeland, Oxfordshire OX29 8HR, United Kingdom, E-mail: elvw@inter-disciplinary.net

The conference is part of the ‘At the Interface’ programme of research projects. It aims to bring together people from different areas and interests to share ideas and explore various discussions which are innovative and exciting. All papers accepted for and presented at this conference will be eligible for publication in an ISBN eBook. Selected papers maybe invited for development for publication in a themed hard copy volume(s). For further details about the project please visit: http://www.inter-disciplinary.net/at-the-interface/education/experiential-learning-in-virtual-worlds/

For further details about the conference please visit: http://www.inter-disciplinary.net/at-the-interface/education/experiential-learning-in-virtual-worlds/call-for-papers/

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