FARMTASIA: An online game-based learning environment based on the VISOLE pedagogy
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AbstractVirtual interactive student-oriented learning environment (VISOLE) is a game-based constructivist pedagogical approach that encompasses the creation of an online interactive world modeled upon a set of interdisciplinary domains, in which students participate as "citizens" to take part cooperatively and competitively in shaping the development of the virtual world as a means to construct their knowledge and skills. FARMTASIA is the first online game designed using the VISOLE philosophy, encompassing the subject areas of biology, government, economics, technology, production system and natural environment. The "virtual world" deployed is a farming system covering the domains of cultivation, horticulture and pasturage, situated in a competitive economy governed by good public policies. The design and implementation of FARMTASIA pursue three vital principles. The first one is to make the game as realistic as possible so that students can learn in a near-real life environment; the second one is to inject motivational elements so that students can sustain to learn and acquire various knowledge and skills with the game; and the third one is to make easy for teachers to conduct various VISOLE facilitation tasks. According to our exploratory educational study, we show evidentially that positive perceptions and an advancement of subject-specific and interdisciplinary knowledge appeared among the students who participated in VISOLE learning with FARMTASIA. © Springer-Verlag London Limited 2008.
All Author(s) ListCheung K.K.F., Jong M.S.Y., Lee F.L., Lee J.H.M., Luk E.T.H., Shang J., Wong M.K.H.
Journal nameVirtual Reality
Year2008
Month3
Day1
Volume Number12
Issue Number1
PublisherSpringer London
Place of PublicationUnited Kingdom
Pages17 - 25
ISSN1359-4338
LanguagesEnglish-United Kingdom
KeywordsEducational game, Edutainment, Virtual learning environment, VISOLE

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