The development of river city, a multi-user virtual environment-based scientific inquiry curriculum: Historical and design evolutions

Diane Jass Ketelhut, Jody Clarke, Brian Nelson

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Abstract

This chapter details the 8-year development of River City from the initial design through its current large-scale version. Throughout the project's history, we employed a design-based research (DBR) approach to the iterative, formative development of the MUVE-based inquiry curriculum, with a current focus on resolving scalability issues inherent in large-scale implementations. In this chapter, we reflect on the evolution of our design-based methodology and discuss what we have learned about designing for inquiry using DBR through several cycles of implementations. We also present an overview of the affective and learning outcomes of the nearly 15,000 students and 100 teachers that have learned from River City. By reflecting explicitly on the evolution of our design strategy, we hope to provide a guide to others interested in design-based research for the use of MUVEs to facilitate scientific inquiry in the K-12 classroom.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationDesigns for Learning Environments of the Future
Subtitle of host publicationInternational Perspectives from the Learning Sciences
PublisherSpringer US
Pages89-110
Number of pages22
ISBN (Print)9780387882789
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2010

Keywords

  • Design-based research
  • Middle school
  • Scientific inquiry
  • Virtual environment
  • Virtual inquiry

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)
  • Arts and Humanities(all)

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    Ketelhut, D. J., Clarke, J., & Nelson, B. (2010). The development of river city, a multi-user virtual environment-based scientific inquiry curriculum: Historical and design evolutions. In Designs for Learning Environments of the Future: International Perspectives from the Learning Sciences (pp. 89-110). Springer US. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-0-387-88279-6_4