The aim of this presentation is to critically evaluate the possibility, and effectiveness of using virtual world exercises to enhance learning outcomes to a range of professionals including those that work in the emergency services. The objectives include, firstly, to review the advantages and disadvantages of the use of virtual worlds as a learning environment for a range of professionals. Secondly, a comparison of the use of two exercises developed using Second Life. Lastly, it suggests the future development of a Virtual Learning Environment that may be used to support the staff of agencies involved in preparing for, and responding to, disasters and other communities of professionals, including those that work in a developing world context.
|Publication status||Published - 2014|
|Event||IDRC, Davos 2014 - Davos, Switzerland|
Duration: 24 Aug 2014 → 28 Aug 2014
|Conference||IDRC, Davos 2014|
|Period||24/08/14 → 28/08/14|
Bibliographical noteThis paper was given at the 5th International Disaster and Risk Conference (IDRC) 24-28 August, Davos Switzerland. The full abstracts are available at: http://idrc.info/fileadmin/user_upload/idrc/documents/IDRC14_ExtendedAbstracts.pdf
Chen, Y-F., Watson, D., & Miles, E. (2014). Investigating the effectiveness of using immersive virtual world exercises to teach disaster management and development: a comparative study of tools developed by Coventry University. 151-154. IDRC, Davos 2014, Davos, Switzerland.