@article{(Open Science Index):https://publications.waset.org/pdf/15260,
	  title     = {Virtual Environments...Vehicle for Pedagogical Advancement},
	  author    = {Elizabeth M. Hodge and  Sharon K. Collins and  Eric Kisling},
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	  institution	= {},
	  abstract     = {Virtual environments are a hot topic in academia and more importantly in courses offered via distance education. Today-s gaming generation view virtual worlds as strong social and interactive mediums for communicating and socializing. And while institutions of higher education are challenged with increasing enrollment while balancing budget cuts, offering effective courses via distance education become a valid option. Educators can utilize virtual worlds to offer students an enhanced learning environment which has the power to alleviate feelings of isolation through the promotion of communication, interaction, collaboration, teamwork, feedback, engagement and constructivists learning activities. This paper focuses on the use of virtual environments to facilitate interaction in distance education courses so as to produce positive learning outcomes for students. Furthermore, the instructional strategies were reviewed and discussed for use in virtual worlds to enhance learning within a social context.
},
	    journal   = {International Journal of Educational and Pedagogical Sciences},
	  volume    = {3},
	  number    = {6},
	  year      = {2009},
	  pages     = {980 - 985},
	  ee        = {https://publications.waset.org/pdf/15260},
	  url   	= {https://publications.waset.org/vol/30},
	  bibsource = {https://publications.waset.org/},
	  issn  	= {eISSN: 1307-6892},
	  publisher = {World Academy of Science, Engineering and Technology},
	  index 	= {Open Science Index 30, 2009},
	}