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Responding to the widening participation agenda through improved access to and within 3D virtual learning environments

journal contribution
posted on 06.12.2017, 00:00 by Denise WoodDenise Wood, J Willems
The Australian Government's widening participation agenda - also referred to as the social inclusion agenda - considers equity through the triple focus of access, participation and outcomes. These foci are catalysts for re-examining teaching and learning approaches in formal education. This article considers this national refocus and the possibilities for addressing access and equity issues through and within three dimensional virtual learning environments (3DVLEs). The findings of an Australian Learning and Teaching Council (ALTC)-funded project that investigated the potential of an accessible 3DVLE for increasing access and participation of students with disabilities are reported, and strategies for improving outcomes (i.e. retention, success and completion) proposed. The article also highlights some of the remaining challenges with regard to the goal of improving outcomes for under-represented learner groups. The final section of the article identifies areas for further research.

History

Volume

28

Start Page

459

End Page

479

Number of Pages

21

ISSN

1449-5554

Location

Australia

Publisher

ASCILITE

Language

en-aus

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

Yes

External Author Affiliations

Monash University; TBA Research Institute; University of South Australia;

Era Eligible

Yes

Journal

Australasian journal of educational technology.