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Researching Learning in Virtual Environments - ReLIVE08

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The ReLIVE08 Conference took place on the 20th and 21st November 2008 at The Open University, Milton Keynes, UK. ReLIVE08 was the first international conference on Researching Learning in Virtual Environments and taking part were some 120 people, including the Keynote Speakers, Edward Castronova and Roo Reynolds.

Contributors to RELIVE08 were invited to present papers, workshops, symposiums, posters and in-world events that explored four broad themes:

Crossing boundaries and making connections – papers under this theme intended to extend our knowledge of the interdisciplinary nature of research into learning and teaching in virtual worlds. Papers drew upon or extended conceptual and explanatory frameworks from computing, cognitive science, social sciences and/or education as part of their research processes and outcomes.

Opportunities and challenges of virtual worlds for learning and teaching – papers under this theme were directly related to issues such as: ethics associated with online representations; disclosure; child protection issues; enabling disadvantaged learners. Papers in this theme also explored (often unexpected) opportunities and challenges were associated with research in virtual worlds for learning and teaching.

Approaches to research – papers in this theme revealed a breadth of approaches utilised by researchers of learning and teaching in virtual worlds. Many authors submitting papers to this them highlighted that the collection of data in-world necessitated careful consideration of methodology and analytical strategies.

Implementing and sustaining innovation – authors submitting papers to this strand of the conference gave accounts of their research and activity in a broader context of Institutional or Faculty strategy; adoption roadmaps; resourcing strategies and/or impact measures.

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