Digital technologies have transformed cultural perceptions of
learning and what it means to be literate, expanding the importance
of experience alongside interpretation and reflection. Learning the
Virtual Life offers ways to consider the local and global effects
of digital media on educational environments, as well as the
cultural transformations of how we now define learning and
While some have welcomed the educational challenges of digital
culture and emphasized its possibilities for individual
emancipation and social transformation in the new information age,
others accuse digital culture of absorbing its recipients in an
all-pervasive virtual world. Unlike most accounts of the
educational and cultural consequences of digital culture, Learning
the Virtual Life presents a neutral, advanced introduction to the
key issues involved with the integration of digital culture and
education. This edited collection presents international
perspectives on a wide range of issues, and each chapter combines
upper-level theory with "real-world" practice, making this
essential reading for all those interested in digital media and
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