Game-based virtual-world environments to engage lifelong learners in open courseware for open learning

Wen Hao David Huang, Jessica Li, Meng Fen Grace Lin

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Abstract

The Open Educational Resource (OER) movement has reached its tipping point in recent years due to advancement of technologies. The OpenCourseWare (OCW) of MIT, for instance, has inspired higher education institutions around the world to deploy OCW systems that provide educational contents free of charge to lifelong learners. In Taiwan, the Opensource Opencourse Prototype System (OOPS; www. myoops.org) plays a significant role in enabling Chinese-speaking learners to benefit from this global movement. Although OOPS has attracted hundreds of thousands of users with open courses translated into Chinese, understanding who these users are and why they chose this particular venue to advance their informal and lifelong learning remains elusive. As a result, the OOPS and other compatible open courseware portals around the world are often challenged by issues related to user engagement that could ultimately determine the sustainability of any open courseware portals. From the perspective of learning system design, it is impossible to develop and deploy effective user engagement strategies without knowing who the users are and what drive them to use the open learning system. To address this issue, this chapter, informed by open courseware users' feedback, proposes a game-based learning approach situated in virtual worlds to improve and sustain user engagement in open learning environments.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHandbook of Research on Technologies for Improving the 21st Century Workforce
Subtitle of host publicationTools for Lifelong Learning
PublisherIGI Global
Pages76-97
Number of pages22
Volume1
ISBN (Print)9781466621817
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2012

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informal learning
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Huang, W. H. D., Li, J., & Lin, M. F. G. (2012). Game-based virtual-world environments to engage lifelong learners in open courseware for open learning. In Handbook of Research on Technologies for Improving the 21st Century Workforce: Tools for Lifelong Learning (Vol. 1, pp. 76-97). IGI Global. https://doi.org/10.4018/978-1-4666-2181-7.ch006

Game-based virtual-world environments to engage lifelong learners in open courseware for open learning. / Huang, Wen Hao David; Li, Jessica; Lin, Meng Fen Grace.

Handbook of Research on Technologies for Improving the 21st Century Workforce: Tools for Lifelong Learning. Vol. 1 IGI Global, 2012. p. 76-97.

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Huang, WHD, Li, J & Lin, MFG 2012, Game-based virtual-world environments to engage lifelong learners in open courseware for open learning. in Handbook of Research on Technologies for Improving the 21st Century Workforce: Tools for Lifelong Learning. vol. 1, IGI Global, pp. 76-97. https://doi.org/10.4018/978-1-4666-2181-7.ch006
Huang WHD, Li J, Lin MFG. Game-based virtual-world environments to engage lifelong learners in open courseware for open learning. In Handbook of Research on Technologies for Improving the 21st Century Workforce: Tools for Lifelong Learning. Vol. 1. IGI Global. 2012. p. 76-97 https://doi.org/10.4018/978-1-4666-2181-7.ch006
Huang, Wen Hao David ; Li, Jessica ; Lin, Meng Fen Grace. / Game-based virtual-world environments to engage lifelong learners in open courseware for open learning. Handbook of Research on Technologies for Improving the 21st Century Workforce: Tools for Lifelong Learning. Vol. 1 IGI Global, 2012. pp. 76-97
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