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dc.contributor.authorDuncan, Ishbel Mary Macdonald
dc.contributor.authorBrooks, Janie
dc.contributor.authorMiles, Paula
dc.identifier.citationDuncan , I M M , Brooks , J & Miles , P 2015 , Using a virtual world to aid overseas PGT orientation . in International Conference on Enhancement and Innovation in Higher Education . QAA for Higher Education , Glasgow , pp. 361-366 , The 2nd International Conference on Enhancement and Innovation in Higher Education 2015 , Glasgow , United Kingdom , 9/06/15 .en
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dc.identifier.otherORCID: /0000-0001-7297-9199/work/56639028
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dc.description.abstractThe Virtual St Andrews (ViStA) project aims to embed students within a Virtual Environment which duplicates, as near as possible, the real University’s centre, functions and social areas. The main project objectives are to allow Postgraduate Taught students, especially international students who only have one year to acculturate, work, socialize and graduate, to experience a pre-arrival orientation, meeting current and prospective students online as well as learning where designated staff and buildings are. The hypothesis that drives the research and virtual world development, is that online activities reduce acclimatisation stress and improve socialization, well being and study readiness. The project aim is to develop a Virtual World through which prospective or incoming students can learn about the University, talk to current students, seek advice and complete tasks that lead them through the orientation process. The world is growing organically through student projects and staff additions.
dc.publisherQAA for Higher Education
dc.relation.ispartofInternational Conference on Enhancement and Innovation in Higher Educationen
dc.rightsCopyright 2015 The Authors.en
dc.subjectComputer supported educationen
dc.subjectQA75 Electronic computers. Computer scienceen
dc.subjectLB2300 Higher Educationen
dc.titleUsing a virtual world to aid overseas PGT orientationen
dc.typeConference itemen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews. School of Computer Scienceen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews. University of St Andrewsen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews. International Education Instituteen

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