Virtual worlds makes learning by interacting with other students much more interesting. You can compare the teaching style to flipped learning, where students without the assistance of a teacher explore a virtual world to learn about a topic. The teacher’s role is to support students in their individual and co-operative learning paths and afterwards direct the class or group discussions to inspire critical thinking and help students share their learning experiences.
The first learning module “Energy Matters” is built around the future workshop method, which is a process tool for teachers to guide their students from building ideas to the creation of sustainable solutions in 3D or outside the virtual world.
Interesting new possibilities for learning
There are some interesting new possibilities for learning in virtual worlds.
- Co-operative learning by solving tasks with students from any country can help you learn languages in a much more natural way.
- Teachers become mentors of your individual learning path, where video material and other online resources are defined as study material for a given task.
- In a virtual world co-operative teaching is easy, because you can invite teachers from other schools in any country to talk about a subject they master.
- Virtual worlds can help the inclusion of students with social barriers for learning. Step by step you can help students get more integrated in the class, where virtual and real world tasks can blend together.