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A Literature Review on the Use of Three-Dimensional Virtual Worlds in Higher Education

A Literature Review on the Use of Three-Dimensional Virtual Worlds in Higher Education
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Author(s): Reza Ghanbarzadeh (School of Business and Tourism, Southern Cross University, Australia) and Amir Hossein Ghapanchi (College of Engineering and Science, Victoria University, Australia)
Copyright: 2021
Pages: 27
Source title: Current and Prospective Applications of Virtual Reality in Higher Education
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Dong Hwa Choi (Park University, USA), Amber Dailey-Hebert (Park University, USA) and Judi Simmons Estes (Park University, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-4960-5.ch002

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Abstract

Three-dimensional virtual worlds (3DVW) have been substantially adopted in teaching and learning worldwide. The current study conducted a literature review of the published research relevant to the application of 3DVWs in higher education. A literature search was performed on nine scientific databases, and following scrutiny according to inclusion criteria, 176 papers were selected for review. The literature review process was summarized, reviews undertaken by the authors, and results about the applicability of 3DVWs in higher education were extracted. A wide variety of application areas for 3DVWs in higher education were found and classified into five main categories. Various 3DVW platforms and virtual environments used for educational goals were also identified. This study found that a wide range of virtual environments and tools have been implemented by 3DVW technology and applied for teaching and learning in higher education.

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