The effects of virtual space on learning: A literature review


  • Olle Sköld Åbo Akademi University



Virtual Space, Learning Space, Virtual Learning Space, Virtual Worlds, Learning, Literature Review


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.

Author Biography

Olle Sköld, Åbo Akademi University

Olle Sköld is a doctoral student at the Department of Information Studies, School of Business and Economics, Åbo Akademi University in Åbo, Finland. Olle Sköld?s doctoral research uses a cultural heritage and archival perspective in the study of information remediation and knowledge organization in social media pertaining to virtual worlds. His other research interests include the historical, cultural, social, and political conditions of societal memory and the challenges and possibilities of using the Internet ? and related platforms and technologies ? as a tool in education. In 2010 he received a MA degree in Comparative Literature and a MA degree in Culture and Information Studies for Archives, Libraries and Museums with Specialization in Archival Studies from Lund University in Lund, Sweden.




How to Cite

Sköld, O. (2011). The effects of virtual space on learning: A literature review. First Monday, 17(1).