To be or not to be – That it the role play question
Abstract: Choosing to develop scenario-based role plays using a virtual world environment as the stage for the performance requires a paradigm shift in thinking. Pedagogically sound scenario-based role plays are activities with a specific learning outcome designed to create a realistic learning experience for participants. Scenario-based role plays are an effective and socially dynamic learning strategy in the vocational education sector (Fannon, 2002) extending these activities into the virtual world environment has added another layer of learning for participants that is arguably more immersive and authentic (Freitas, 2008). The adaptability, ease of use and low costs associated with customizing a virtual world environment appeals to the teachers and education managers. This paper will be of value to teachers, trainers and academics who consider themselves to be virtual world novices and wish to explore using scenario role play activities in virtual world environments to enhance professional teaching and learning.