Using cyber campuses to support online teaching and learning

Date/Time: 
Thursday 21 April 2016, 5.30pm - 7.30pm

Venue:
Room 7140, Stoddart Building, City Campus, Sheffield Hallam University, Howard Street, Sheffield, S1 1WB

Speaker:
Dr Louis Nisiotis, Lecturer in Information Systems and Data Management, Sheffield Hallam University.

Abstract

The use of E-Learning tools to support and enhance students learning needs is a common approach in education. There are many tools that allow materials reviewing and sharing, communication, collaboration, etc. One of them is the use of virtual worlds in the form of cyber campuses. These are persistent computerised 3D environments, in which students and tutors can gather, synchronously communicate and collaborate in online learning activities. Cyber campuses usually have a realistic look that convey formal learning atmospheres, providing a range of tools to support online teaching and learning. In this session, the example of the SHU3DED cyber-campus environment will be demonstrated.

Speakers

Louis has been awarded his PhD (2015, Sheffield Hallam University) for contributing on developing an understanding of the extent to which cyber campus environments can support learning for students experiencing barriers hindering access to Higher Education. He has been awarded his MSc IT in 2010 from Sheffield Hallam University, and achieved his BSc in Computer Information Technology from the University of Derby.

Louis's research interest includes Multi User Virtual Environments, Virtual Worlds, 3D virtual environments, immersive learning environments, online learning, and Technology Enhanced Learning.