Virtual World Watch

Virtual World Watch (VWW) was a project that ran from 2007 to 2012. The main purpose of VWW was to find academics in the UK who were using virtual worlds, and to find out how and why their use of such technology worked (or didn’t).

To 2011, VWW was funded – either as a compiler of stand-alone reports, or as a more holistic information service – by the Eduserv Foundation. Since 2011, the service was largely unfunded and produced a few more stand-alone reports, making 13 in total. VWW also presented at several academic events; the slide decks from some are on Slideshare.

Snapshot reports

These were ten survey-based reports, the aim being to gain some kind of ‘snapshot’ of virtual world use in UK Higher and Further Education for that time.

# Year Title
1 2007 A July 2007 “snapshot” of UK Higher and Further Education Developments in Second Life.
2 2007 An update of the July 2007 “snapshot” of UK Higher and Further Education Developments in Second Life.
3 2008 A Spring 2008 “snapshot” of UK Higher and Further Education Developments in Second Life.
4 2008 The Autumn 2008 Snapshot of UK Higher and Further Education Developments in Second Life.
5 2009 The Spring 2009 Snapshot of Virtual World Use in UK Higher and Further Education.
6 2009 Early summer 2009 Virtual World Watch snapshot of virtual world activity in UK HE and FE.
7 2009 Virtual world activity in UK universities and colleges. An academic year of expectation?
8 2010 Virtual world activity in UK universities and colleges. Virtual teaching in uncertain times.
9 2010 Virtual world activity in UK universities and colleges. “What now?”
10 2012 Virtual world activity in UK universities and colleges. Zombies can’t fly: the enduring world of the virtual.

Other reports

Virtual World Watch also produced three non-snapshot reports.

# Year Title
1 2008 “Measuring” the Impact of Second Life for Educational Purposes.
2 2009 Choosing virtual worlds for use in teaching and learning in UK higher education.
3 2010 Zen and the Art of Avatar Maintenance.

 

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