Virtual Learning Environments
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Level: Undergraduate, Graduate
Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: School of Media Studies
Department: Media Studies
Course Number: NMDS 5575
Course Format: Studio
Location: Online
Permission Required: No
What is a virtual learning environment? Is a website a virtual learning environment? Is it an "online campus"? Does it involve 3D virtual reality? How have current trends in technology, such as social media and virtual worlds, affected the processes and objectives of education? Virtual Learning Environments (VLEs) are designed information and social spaces that integrate multiple technologies and pedagogical approaches. In this course, we examine a variety of VLEs, ranging from text-based forms such as Blackboard to 3D immersive worlds such as Second Life, and will focus on optimizing virtual world platforms for learning experiences. We will explore the collaborative and instructional processes involved, the kinds of collaboration possible, and the methods adapted to accommodate teaching, learning and sharing in these socially engaged, networked spaces. We will examine how instructing and learning have evolved to include a more dynamic role for the student, from passive to active authors of the space, and in general, how much instruction now involves blended forms of learning, consisting of both theory and praxis across different media and disciplines. We will integrate these aspects, learning about VLEs while being inside them, eventually developing an educational project for real-world implementation.
Course Open to: Majors Only
Course Pre/Co-requisites:
Class open to graduate students only.


Open to Graduate students.