The Affects of Virtual Space on Learning: A Literature Review

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This paper examines how the effects of virtual space on learning have been elucidated in recent research with the aim of providing both a comprehensive picture of the current state of research and interesting avenues for future projects. Drawing on a multidisciplinary review, it identifies five key themes that together constitute research in virtual space and learning: analogies between the study of physical space and learning; socio-cultural constructivist perspectives; practical and theoretical pedagogy; architecture; and, aesthetics. Current research on how virtual space affects learning is fragmented, albeit rich. The pivotal challenge for the future is to establish a research infrastructure that can harness the richness of already existing studies, while simultaneously serving to drive, focus, and interconnect future research efforts.


  • Olle Sköld
Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Information Studies


  • Virtual Space, Learning Space, Virtual Learning Space, Virtual Worlds, Learning, Literature Review
Original languageEnglish
JournalFirst Monday
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Publication categoryResearch