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Publications & Presentations

I have a keen interest in using multi-user virtual environments in teaching and learning languages, and am currently undertaking research in the field, as part of my Graduate Diploma in IT. I’m a committee member of the Virtual Life Education in NZ association (VLENZ) and am currently involved in the Koru Development Project. I’m also a member of the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education (Ascilite).

My current research includes language teaching and learning in multi-user virtual worlds – especially the mutually beneficial authentic oral language exchange between complementary L1 & L2 learners.

Previous research includes:

Gregory, S., Gregory, B., Orwin, L., Stupans, I., Scutter, S., Warren, I., & Farley, H. (2012, November).Sustaining the future through virtual worlds| Proceedings of the Ascilite Conference, Wellington, New Zealand

Gaukrodger, B., (2012, October) Second Life for the communicative classroom. Paper presented at the CLESOL Conference, Palmerston North, NZ

Atkins, C., & Gaukrodger, B. (2011, November). LEARNING A SECOND LANGUAGE IN SECOND LIFE–USING ‘HOLODECKS’FOR THE LANGUAGE CLASSROOM. Nau mai, Haere mai, Whakatau mai! Nga mihi mahana tenei., 145. Paper presented at the eLearning Futures Conference, Auckland, New Zealand

Paillat, E., & Gaukrodger, B. (2011, October) Language Learning through participation in Communities of Practice in Virtual Worlds.  Paper presented at the National Teaching and Learning Conference, Nelson, New Zealand

Atkins, C., & Gaukrodger, B. (2011, October) Virtual Worlds Virtually Anywhere Paper presented at the National Teaching and Learning Conference, Nelson, New Zealand

Gaukrodger, B., (2010, July ) Learning a second language in Second Life. Paper presented at the Shar-e-fest, Hamilton, New Zealand

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