The impact of an integrative 3-d virtual learning environment in diverse ninth grade earth and space science classes

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dc.contributor.author Fenwick, Emily L.
dc.date.accessioned 2010-06-21T18:43:15Z
dc.date.available 2010-06-21T18:43:15Z
dc.date.issued 2010-06-21T18:43:15Z
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2097/4231
dc.description.abstract Problem-based learning in the sciences has been demonstrated to be a successful educational approach to engage students and increase content knowledge. However, the power of collaborative learning to engage students, increase content knowledge and develop problem-solving skills in the sciences has not yet been fully researched. Collaborative learning has an enormous potential not only to foster student learning, but also to increase interest in the sciences and promote cutting-edge education strategies worldwide. Collaborative learning tactics in this study take place within the virtual learning environment entitled “GeoWorlds.” GeoWorlds is an online educational gaming program within the Second Life 3-D Teen Grid. The curriculum was developed as a collaborative, investigative and engaging program to promote learning of Earth science content. The program allows students to be submersed-in and explore different geologic time periods; enabling them to observe species and geological structures while interacting with one another to complete tasks. This study investigates the educational impact, emotional response and overall feedback of the GeoWorlds virtual learning environment on Midwest ninth graders. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Kansas State University en
dc.subject Education en_US
dc.subject Geoscience en_US
dc.subject Virtual Learning Environment en_US
dc.subject Second Life en_US
dc.title The impact of an integrative 3-d virtual learning environment in diverse ninth grade earth and space science classes en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.description.degree Master of Science en_US
dc.description.level Masters en_US
dc.description.department Department of Geology en_US
dc.description.advisor Iris M. Totten en_US
dc.subject.umi Education, Sciences (0714) en_US
dc.subject.umi Geology (0372) en_US
dc.date.published 2010 en_US
dc.date.graduationmonth August en_US


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