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The Effects of Virtual Space on Learning: A Literature Review
Åbo Akademi.
2012 (English)In: First Monday, ISSN 1396-0466, Vol. 17, no 1, 4-4 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper examines how the effects of virtual space on learning have been elucidated in recent research with the aim of providing both a comprehensive picture of the current state of research and interesting avenues for future projects. Drawing on a multidisciplinary review, it identifies five key themes that together constitute research in virtual space and learning: analogies between the study of physical space and learning; socio-cultural constructivist perspectives; practical and theoretical pedagogy; architecture; and, aesthetics. Current research on how virtual space affects learning is fragmented, albeit rich. The pivotal challenge for the future is to establish a research infrastructure that can harness the richness of already existing studies, while simultaneously serving to drive, focus, and interconnect future research efforts.

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2012. Vol. 17, no 1, 4-4 p.
Keyword [en]
Virtual Space, Learning Space, Virtual Learning Space, Virtual Worlds, Learning, Literature Review
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Library and Information Science
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-180001OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-180001DiVA: diva2:547506
Available from: 2012-08-28 Created: 2012-08-28 Last updated: 2012-09-12Bibliographically approved

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