EAI Endorsed Transactions on Future Intelligent Educational Environments 16(6): e3

Research Article

The use of cyber campuses to support online learning for students experiencing barriers accessing education

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  • @ARTICLE{10.4108/eai.27-6-2016.151522,
        author={Louis Nisiotis and Martin Beer and Elizabeth Uruchurtu},
        title={The use of cyber campuses to support online learning for students experiencing barriers accessing education},
        journal={EAI Endorsed Transactions on Future Intelligent Educational Environments},
        volume={16},
        number={6},
        publisher={EAI},
        journal_a={FIEE},
        year={2016},
        month={6},
        keywords={},
        doi={10.4108/eai.27-6-2016.151522}
    }
    
  • Louis Nisiotis
    Martin Beer
    Elizabeth Uruchurtu
    Year: 2016
    The use of cyber campuses to support online learning for students experiencing barriers accessing education
    FIEE
    EAI
    DOI: 10.4108/eai.27-6-2016.151522
Louis Nisiotis1,*, Martin Beer1, Elizabeth Uruchurtu1
  • 1: Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield, United Kingdom.
*Contact email: l.nisiotis@shu.ac.uk

Abstract

Attendance and participation in education are important for students to obtain the experiences necessary to develop their knowledge. However, there are some students who experience challenges hindering their access and participation in Higher Education. To support students, Universities utilise E-Learning. One of the many E-Learning tools is the use of virtual worlds in the form of cyber campuses. This paper investigates the extent to which cyber campuses can help to mitigate barriers and support students experiencing them. A prototype has been developed and a series of empirical studies have been performed. The results of this research suggest that a cyber campus environment can be used as an alternative learning support tool that can enhance online learning experiences, and help to mitigate some of the barriers that hinder access and participation to education. The associated limitations of this research and the future work planned out are also presented.