International Handbook of Virtual Learning Environments
What is virtual reality and how do we conceptualize, create, use, and inquire into learning settings that capture the possibilities of virtual life? The International Handbook of Virtual Learning Environments was developed to explore Virtual Learning Environments (VLE’s), and their relationships with digital, in real life and virtual worlds.
Three issues are explored and used as organizers for The Handbook. First, a distinction is made between virtual learning and learning virtually. Second, since the focus is on learning, an educational framework is developed as a means of bringing coherence to the available literature. Third, learning is defined broadly as a process of knowledge creation for transforming experience to reflect different facets of "the curriculum of life".
To reflect these issues The Handbook is divided into four sections: Foundations of Virtual Learning Environments; Schooling, Professional Learning and Knowledge Management; Out-of-School Learning Environments; and Challenges for Virtual Learning Environments. A variety of chapters representing different academic and professional fields are included. These chapters cover topics ranging from philosophical perspectives, historical, sociological, political and educational analyses, case studies from practical and research settings, as well as several provocative 'classics' originally published in other settings.
Includes both types of VLE, digital and virtual, in order to describe the wide landscape of possibilities for discussing, conceptualizing, creating and inquiring into VLEsApproximately 60 authors from around the world are involved in the handbook, doing critical work documenting, creating, researching, teaching and living in, on or about virtual learning environments The international thrust is important: although much of the early work has been done in North America, many of the most exciting developments are happening about the globePart of the Springer International Handbooks Education Series