A paper reviewing the design and success of a custom virtual world for online learning, with separately designed areas for each course.
Gives a good overview of social constructivism, based on the following tenants:
- learning is participatory;
- knowledge is social;
- learning leads development through predictable stages via shared activity;
- a useful knowledge base emerges through meaningful activity with others;
- learners develop dispositions relative to the communities in which they practice.