Track: Best Practices Showcase

Title The Saga of UW Maya Island: Digital storytelling, context- and game-based learning in Virtual Worlds
Author(s): Stylianos Mystakidis
Moderator(s):Ewan Bonham
Date Friday, March 16 13:00
Location: CAVE/EdTech Auditorium
Abstract Graduates of University of Washington's Virtual Worlds Certificate Program analyze diverse instructional design techniques that were utilized in the development of UW Maya Island.UW Maya Island ( is the graduates’ final project of 2011 University of Washington's Virtual Worlds Certificate Class. It has been designed and developed in 9 weeks by an international team of 13 members. It became an Editor’s Pick in the Second Life Destination Guide in July 2011 and attracted more than 5,000 visitors within 2 months. Today it hosts the activities of the Maya Island Society ( which have been featured in a CNN’s ireport.UW Maya Island features learning archetypes designed and developed according to the 3D instructional models proposed by Kapp & O’Driscoll (2010). These comprise learning experiences that immerse visitors and elicit active learning around ancient Maya Civilization.More specifically, visitors of the Maya Island are encouraged tocomplete a quest to become Maya physicians in order to save a village from an epidemic (digital storytelling),discover facts and practices of Maya Science (Astronomy, Agriculture and Fishing) in immersive builds (context-based learning) andwin a Triathlon to learn about Maya Mythology & Culture (game-based learning)Panelists will provide insights based on qualitative and quantitative data aboutcollaborative virtual immersive learning environments’ instructional design, development & programming,user experience & feedback,integration of web 2.0 tools and social media for virtual community building and event promotion.
Bio(s): Stylianos Mystakidis: E-learning Course Designer, Developer & Trainer, University of PatrasAdjunct Faculty Open University of CataloniaTeaching Assistant in Virtual Worlds, University of WashingtonMSc Μechanical Engineering, NTUA

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