Research Associate position in an e-learning project on 3-D Virtual Worlds (Second Life)

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Research Associate position in an e-learning project on 3-D Virtual Worlds (Second Life)

Shailey Minocha
Full-time Research Associate position based at the Open University in
Milton Keynes, UK

Closing date for applications: 21/08/2008

The Faculty of Mathematics, Computing and Technology at the Open
University, UK is seeking a post-graduate researcher to work on a
JISC-funded e-learning research project: "Design of Learning Spaces in
3-D Virtual Environments"; Salary range: £25,888 – £30,912; 9 months
contract available from 1st October 2008.

The aim of this project is to address: "How 3-D learning spaces should
be designed for learner-engagement?" The project involves evaluation
of learning spaces within Second Life, a 3-D virtual world
( You will gather data on a variety of learning
spaces exhibiting different degrees of 'realism' within Second Life,
and how these support varied learning-objectives. You will elicit
perceptions of learners and educators about the spaces for teaching
and learning.

Ideally, should have a Ph.D. in Education, Human-Computer Interaction,
Psychology, or a related discipline. However, candidates who are
suitably qualified and have experience of evaluating
technology-enabled learning environments will be considered. Previous
research experience or training at post-graduate level of applying
research methods is essential. Experience of conducting
remote-evaluations of interactive-systems would be an added advantage.

For detailed information and how to apply email the Recruitment
Secretary at [hidden email] quoting the reference number.
[Please quote reference 4877.] The project details are on and For enquiries
about the research project, please contact: Dr. Shailey Minocha
[[hidden email]].

Further particulars are available in large print, disk or audiotape
(Minicom 01908 654901). We promote diversity in employment and welcome
applications from all sections of the community.
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