Kay McLennan, OpenSim educator and professor at the Tulane School of Professional Advancement is holding a survey to determine how educators are changing their use of virtual worlds and virtual reality during this coming academic year in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“As evidenced by educator participation in annual Open Simulator Community Conferences, published works, and other sources, it appears a noteworthy group of educators use virtual world and virtual reality educational simulations as one of their teaching strategies,” she told Hypergrid Business. “Still, despite advances in simulation technologies, it seems like educator use of virtual simulations is growing at a slow rate — or is even stagnating.”
This survey is intended to see if the large-scale move to online learning accelerated by the pandemic may have also awaked renewed interest in virtual worlds, she said.
“If a large enough group of educators respond to the survey, the data collected from the survey will be detailed in a second article in Hypergrid Business,” she added.
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