Virtual campus: online universities are the future of higher education

Dror Ben Naim posts on The Conversation, looks at the development of online learning and in particular online gaming and reflects on the opportunities presented for students to learn

Instead of students passively learning from a lecturer, imagine immersive online “serious” games where students can learn through practice.

Virtual patients now allow medical students at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) to develop diagnostic and clinical skills through online scenarios. They can learn from their mistakes with no adverse consequences for real life patients and without the need to be at the university.

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