Riding the Hype Cycle: The Resurgence of Virtual Worlds

This volume was first published by Inter-Disciplinary Press in 2013.

Virtual Worlds are not “dead and gone” – far from it. If the 3rd Global Conference in Experiential Learning in Virtual Worlds taught its delegates anything, it was that virtual worlds are on the cusp of an exciting, resurging and impending upswing. A large variety of industries are captured within this eBook—architecture, computer programming, ethics, information science, literature, organizational development, and psychology – the editors of this eBook are confident you will find something appealing to you. Join us during this exciting time, and explore some of the fascinating learning experiences that virtual worlds have to offer!

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Paul Jerry is Associate Professor and Director of the Graduate Centre for Applied Psychology, Athabasca University – Canada’s Open University. His research interests include clinical training from a psychoanalytic perspective, regulation of professional psychology, and the use of counselling skills to manage virtual education experiences.

Nancy Tavares-Jones is a Masters graduate of the Graduate Centre for Applied Psychology, Athabasca University – Canada’s Open University. Her research interests include personality psychology, psychoanalytic/psychodynamic approaches to counselling and theories of identity and self from both a mental health and educational standpoint.

Sue Gregory is a long-term adult educator with over 20 years’ experience. She is currently a Senior Lecturer in ICT Education at the University of New England (UNE) and Chair of the Australian and New Zealand Virtual Worlds Working Group.