Inter-Life: a novel, 3-dimensional, virtual learning environment for life transition skills learning

Devlin, A. , Lally, V., Sclater, M. and Parussel, K. (2013) Inter-Life: a novel, 3-dimensional, virtual learning environment for life transition skills learning. Interactive Learning Environments, (doi: 10.1080/10494820.2013.768271)

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This paper presents the findings from one of the first empirical research studies which has investigated the impact of Inter-Life; a novel three-dimensional immersive virtual learning environment, on learning and development of social and educational life transition skills in a group of looked after and accommodated children. Drawing on social constructivism in which meaningful learning is related to context and situated in practice, we report on a series of Inter-Life workshops that enabled young people to work together and through the processes of participation in authentic learning activities contributed to the development of life transition skills such as self-confidence, empathy, negotiation and mediation skills, teamwork and active problem-solving skills. The novel affordances of the Inter-Life virtual world which contributed to the development of the learning community included the ability to personalise learner engagement and activities from the outset along with ‘co-presence’ and ‘immersion’ and the flexibility provided by the innovative, technology-enhanced Inter-Life platform. This study presents some empirical evidence to demonstrate the efficacy of new models of learning that are mediated by innovative malleable technologies that can be shaped by the learner in a participatory manner.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Devlin, Dr Alison and Sclater, Dr Madeleine and Lally, Professor Victor
Authors: Devlin, A., Lally, V., Sclater, M., and Parussel, K.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Health & Wellbeing > MRC/CSO SPHSU
College of Social Sciences > School of Education > Interdisciplinary Science Education Technologies and Learning
Journal Name:Interactive Learning Environments
Publisher:Taylor and Francis
ISSN (Online):1744-5191
Published Online:06 March 2013
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2013 Taylor and Francis
First Published:First published in Interactive Learning Environments
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
468391Inter-life: Interoperability and transitionVictor LallyEconomic & Social Research Council (ESRC)ES/F042116/1ED - INTERDISC. SCIENCE ED TECH & LEARN.