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Special Session
Virtual Worlds for Immersive Learning - VWIL 2013

6 - 8 May, 2013 - Aachen, Germany

Within the 5th International Conference on Computer Supported Education - CSEDU 2013



A. Miller
School of Computer Science, University of St Andrews
United Kingdom



Virtual Worlds (VWs) have become common amongst gamers and today’s youth for social interaction. Over the last few years there has been an active research community investigating VWs for contextualised learning for all age groups and for a variety of domains such as language learning, chemistry laboratories, archaeological digs etc. More recently, educational research has investigated the use of VWs for different educational strategies and levels of engagement such as information resourcing, or blended learning or constructive learning etc.. A variety of empirical studies have also been considered at various universities and colleges throughout the western world. This special session seeks to review the state of the art of current research with especial regard to the evaluation of both educational theories and empirical practices and to consider the optimal way forward for student centred learning within Virtual Worlds.

Topics include, but are not restricted to:
- Virtual World learning theories and strategies
- Empirical practices within VWs
- Evaluation of learning and empirical practice in VWs
- The variety of learning contexts and domains within VWs
- Student centred or directed learning
- Levels of student engagement
- Specific educational practices such as language learning, TEFL, scientific laboratories
- The role of interactive avatars
- World-wide inclusion of students and interaction


Available soon.


Prospective authors are invited to submit papers in any of the topics listed above.
Instructions for preparing the manuscript (in Word and Latex formats) are available at: Paper Templates
Please also check the Guidelines and Templates.
Papers should be submitted electronically via the web-based submission system at:


All accepted papers will be published in a special section of the conference proceedings book - under an ISBN reference and on CD-ROM support - and submitted for indexation by Thomson Reuters Conference Proceedings Citation Index (ISI), INSPEC, DBLP, EI (Elsevier Index) and Scopus.
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All papers presented at the conference venue will be available at the SCITEPRESS Digital Library


CSEDU Special Sessions - VWIL 2013