Volume 10, Issue 1, May 2019
The Journal of Virtual Studies publishes a specialÂ edition once a year for the Virtual Worlds BestÂ Practices in Education conference proceedings.Â All papers were peer reviewed with the same level of care as journal papers typically are, conveningÂ an additional special editorial staff to assist in theÂ process.
This yearly conference is one of the largest eventsÂ for showcasing the work of individuals who lead theÂ charge to re-imagine education. The proceedingsÂ found within these pages represent how virtualÂ world educators and researchers continue to breakÂ the rules of what a virtual space is, and how it can beÂ leveraged in education.
In this special issue, we have collected papers and abstracts from the conference that represent the vision of JoVS, which intersects work in virtual spaces with education.Â They explore the possibleÂ and the theoretical and present ideas that engageÂ and immerse.
Regardless of whether you choose to read all theÂ papers or to take a brief view at the abstracts, theÂ richness of research, praxis, and conceptual ideasÂ is evident in the varied and critical lenses that eachÂ of the authors and presenters utilized. WhetherÂ you are a researcher or a practitioner, reviewingÂ the proceedings of this virtual conference is a wayÂ to expand your own ideas, to provide you withÂ opportunities to extend your practice in ways youÂ may not have previously imagined.Â
We invite you toÂ download your own copyÂ of this biannual,Â peer reviewed, and open access publication that encourages continual renewalÂ of what a virtual space for learning is and how virtual spaces can beÂ best used in multiple educational contexts. We encourage teachers,Â academics, practitioners, and others engaged in the use of any virtualÂ space for education, research, or training, toÂ submit proposals to theÂ journalÂ for the upcoming issue.