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Uncanny spaces for higher education: teaching and learning in virtual worlds | Bayne | Research in Learning Technology

Uncanny spaces for higher education: teaching and learning in virtual worlds

Siân Bayne

Abstract


This paper brings together the theory of the uncanny as it emerges in cultural theory, with an understanding of the uncanniness and troublesomeness seen to be inherent in certain understandings of teaching and learning in higher education. Drawing on research into students’ experiences of learning in virtual worlds, it explores the sense in which teaching in such spaces materialises and extends the positive aspects of uncertainty, strangeness, disquietude and troublesomeness in online higher education.

Keywords: virtual world; second life; uncanny

DOI: 10.1080/09687760802526749


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