Implementing the liquid curriculum: the impact of virtual world learning on higher education

Nicole Steils, Gemma Tombs, M. Mawer, Maggi Savin-Baden, Katherine Wimpenny

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    Abstract

    This paper presents findings from a large-scale study which explored the socio-political impact of teaching and learning in virtual worlds on UK higher education. Three key themes emerged with regard to constructing curricula for virtual world teaching and learning, namely designing courses, framing practice and locating specific student needs. The authors argue that the findings indicate that ‘liquid learning’ and ‘liquid curricula’ are central concepts and practices that can be used to democratise the way technology-enhanced learning can and should be integrated into higher education.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)155-170
    Number of pages16
    JournalTechnology, Pedagogy and Education
    Volume24
    Issue number2
    Early online date2 Oct 2014
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2015

    Bibliographical note

    This is an Author's Original Manuscript of an article published in Steils, N. , Tombs, G. , Mawer, M. , Savin-Baden, M. and Wimpenny, K. (2015) Implementing the liquid curriculum: the impact of virtual world learning on higher education. Technology, Pedagogy and Education, volume 24 (2): 155-170. Technology, Pedagogy and Education is available online at: www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/1475939X.2014.959454 .

    Keywords

    • assessment
    • curriculum design
    • liquid learning
    • Second Life
    • student engagement
    • virtual worlds

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