Source: Journal of Technology and Teacher Education, Volume 22, No. 2, April 2014, p. 213-241.
The goal of this review is to identify the key components of effective teacher training in virtual schooling, with a focus on three-dimensional (3D) immersive virtual worlds (IVWs).
The process of identifying the essential components of effective teacher training in the use of 3D IVWs will be described step-by-step.
First, the need of virtual teacher training will be established (why), followed by the identification of the required teaching skills.
Next, existing empirical guidelines for teaching in 3D IVWs will be presented from which the skills required for effective teaching in 3D IVWs will be extrapolated (what).
The final step (how) will consist of presenting teachers with compelling evidence of the unique affordances of 3D IVWs for education, with the goal to promote teachers’ commitment to the use of 3D IVWs.