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Learning in virtual worlds : Using communities of practice to explain how people learn from play

Oliver, Martin and Carr, Diane (2009) Learning in virtual worlds : Using communities of practice to explain how people learn from play. British Journal of Education and Technology, 40 (3). pp. 444-457. ISSN 0007-1013

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Abstract

Although there is interest in the educational potential of online multiplayer games and virtual worlds, there is still little evidence to explain specifically what and how people learn from these environments. This paper addresses this issue by exploring the experiences of couples that play World of Warcraft together. Learning outcomes were identified (involving the management of ludic, social and material resources) along with learning processes, which followed Wenger’s model of participation in Communities of Practice. Comparing this with existing literature suggests that productive comparisons can be drawn with the experiences of distance education students and the social pressures that affect their participation.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: The definitive version is available at www3.interscience.wiley.com
Controlled Keywords: Digital technologies, ICT and learning
Divisions: IOE Departments > Departments > London Knowledge Lab
Depositing User: IOE Repository Editor (2)
Date Deposited: 27 Nov 2009 16:54
Last Modified: 14 Oct 2013 12:03
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