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Mary Stokrocki

January 01, 2014

Mary Stokrocki, an art education professor in the School of Art, is the editor of a new anthology "Exploration in Virtual Worlds: New Digital Multi-Media Literacy Investigations for Art Education" published by the National Art Education Association this year."Exploration in Virtual Worlds" aims to explore current pedagogical efforts of virtual world teaching and discover potentials for art instruction through virtual worlds in unique ways and to diverse audiences.Focusing specifically on virtual worlds, this anthology includes conceptual explorations and virtual art world examples in higher education with children, senior citizens, alternative audiences, and in different countries.

It also features museum education outreach, holistic assessments, pros and cons, and future directions and concerns.Virtual worlds are ideally suited for identity play because they provide such a widevariety of self-illustrative resources. Educational technology is not a way of the future; it is the way children are learning now," said Jenny Evans, former art teacher and doctoral candidate in the Education Department at Exeter University.