Using a virtual world to aid overseas PGT orientation

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Abstract

The Virtual St Andrews (ViStA) project aims to embed students within a Virtual Environment which duplicates, as near as possible, the real University’s centre, functions and social areas. The main project objectives are to allow Postgraduate Taught students, especially international students who only have one year to acculturate, work, socialize and graduate, to experience a pre-arrival orientation, meeting current and prospective students online as well as learning where designated staff and buildings are. The hypothesis that drives the research and virtual world development, is that online activities reduce acclimatisation stress and improve socialization, well being and study readiness. The project aim is to develop a Virtual World through which prospective or incoming students can learn about the University, talk to current students, seek advice and complete tasks that lead them through the orientation process. The world is growing organically through student projects and staff additions.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInternational Conference on Enhancement and Innovation in Higher Education
Place of PublicationGlasgow
PublisherQAA for Higher Education
Pages361-366
Publication statusPublished - 9 Jun 2015
EventThe 2nd International Conference on Enhancement and Innovation in Higher Education 2015 - Crowne Plaza Hotel, Glasgow, United Kingdom
Duration: 9 Jun 201511 Jun 2015
http://enhancementthemes.ac.uk/conference

Conference

ConferenceThe 2nd International Conference on Enhancement and Innovation in Higher Education 2015
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
CityGlasgow
Period9/06/1511/06/15
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Keywords

  • Computer supported education

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