Design for Learning in Virtual Worlds, the first book focused specifically on how to design virtual worlds for educational purposes, explores:

• the history and evolution of virtual worlds

• the theories behind the use of virtual worlds for learning

• the design of curricula in virtual worlds

• design guidelines for elements experienced in virtual worlds that support learning

• design guidelines for learning quests and activities in virtual worlds.

The authors also examine the theories and associated design principles used to create embedded assessments in virtual worlds. Finally, a framework and methodology is provided to assist professionals in evaluating "off-the-shelf" virtual worlds for use in educational and training settings. Design for Learning in Virtual Worlds will be invaluable both as a professional resource and as a textbook for courses within Educational Technology, Learning Sciences, and Library Media programs that focus on gaming or online learning environments.

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Part one: Introduction and overview

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Part Two: Theoretical Basis For Learning And Assessment In Virtual Worlds

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Part Three: Theoretical Perspectives: Design For Learning In Virtual Worlds

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Part Four: Beyond Design: Development And Implementation Of Virtual Worlds