Exploring the potential of virtual worlds for enquiry-based learning

K. Nadia Papamichail, Amal Alrayes, Linda A. MacAulay

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Nowadays academic institutions seek to equip students with interpersonal and project management skills by enhancing their learning experience through the use of new collaborative technologies. This paper presents an enquiry based learning initiative at Manchester Business School. A virtual world environment was introduced to facilitate group project work. The setting was the B.Sc. Information Technology Management for Business (ITMB) programme, a new degree designed to meet the needs of major employers in the business-led IT sector. This paper discusses how the project acted as a vehicle for increasing the involvement of employers in the programme and achieving the objectives of greater student creativity, productivity, engagement, participation and productivity in team work. © 2009 Springer Berlin Heidelberg.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)|Lect. Notes Comput. Sci.
Place of PublicationBerlin
PublisherSpringer Nature
Number of pages9
Publication statusPublished - 2009
Event2nd World Summit on the Knowledge Society, WSKS 2009 - Chania, Crete
Duration: 1 Jul 2009 → …

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence


Other2nd World Summit on the Knowledge Society, WSKS 2009
CityChania, Crete
Period1/07/09 → …


  • EBL
  • Second Life
  • Team work
  • Virtual worlds


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