Informal Adult Learning in Second Life


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Presented April 14, 2009 at TCC - The TCC Worldwide Online Conference is hosted annually by University of Hawai'i, Kapi'olani Community College (KCC) and the University of Hawai'i at Manoa, Educational Technology Department in association with Osaka Gakuin University (Japan) and in partnership with in New York.

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Much has been made of the potential of virtual environments for planned and formal training and educative experiences. While the potential for educational organizations planning for educational activities in virtual environments is being recognized, less emphasis has been placed on the potential for these environments for self-directed and or informal learning. Second Life, (see an online three-dimensional world, is emerging as a current exemplar of computer-based virtual environments. Work that is currently being done in the creation of an environmental and conceptual landscape for informal learning will be explored in this presentation.

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  • Informal Adult Learning in Second Life

    1. 1. Informal Adult Learning in Second Life Robin Ashford and Scot Headley: George Fox University
    2. 2. Overview <ul><li>Many formal learning opportunities exist in Second Life </li></ul><ul><li>Informal learning (professional and personal) opportunities are vast </li></ul><ul><li>Be aware </li></ul><ul><li>Be prepared </li></ul><ul><li>Be involved </li></ul>
    3. 11. George Fox University Skydeck – Librarian’s office building, information resources, scripted objects, educational display, video, PPT, teleporter – home base for many
    4. 13. Welcome to students, course participants and our global education community Stop by & visit anytime:
    5. 14. Librarian’s front office – Course specific information objects, scripted computers, tools
    6. 15. “ Intro to Second Life for Educators” Graduate level one credit hour edtech course offered to students and faculty from School of Education <ul><li>Course Purpose </li></ul><ul><li>The purpose of the course is to acquaint participants with Second Life (SL), a 3D virtual environment. Our intent is to discover the functions, processes & relationships that exist, as well as the potential of virtual worlds (VWs) for educators and education. </li></ul><ul><li>Course Objectives </li></ul><ul><li>To learn how to survive as a resident in SL </li></ul><ul><li>To become familiar with resources for educational use in SL </li></ul><ul><li>Experience community life within SL </li></ul>
    7. 16. First class: meet & greet-reinforcing basic skills from orientation
    8. 17. Importance of avatar customization – Identity, comfort level, social presence
    9. 18. Abyss Museum of Ocean Science: Early intro to interactivity, immersion, presence
    10. 19. Learning the value of community and joining groups - ISTE Island
    11. 20. Immersive Educational Builds in SL UCDavis Virtual Hallucinations Genome Island Cell Biology OSU Testis Tour OSU Testis Tour
    12. 21. Dr Doug Danforth - Creating resources for medical students and sharing with the world
    13. 22. Students/faculty interview Dr. Doug after taking OSU Testis Tour during week
    14. 23. University of Sheffield faculty/senior lecturer, Sheila Webber (SL Sheila Yoshikawa), takes class on tour of her Infolit iSchool Island using tour chairs tool
    15. 24. Enjoying informal discussion with Sheila and students
    16. 25. Creator/founder of International Schools Island (ISI), Chris Smith (SL Shamblesguru Voom), shares from Thailand on his work with educators & educational tools in SL
    17. 26. HealthInfo Island with Carol Perryman-tour of nonprofits in SL
    18. 27. Monash University Chinese Tea House-interactive objects, language/culture learning
    19. 28. Language and Chinese culture learning-Monash University tour with Xilin ( 西林 ) – Vegetable garden tour-touch items for audio of name in Chinese language
    20. 29. Montclair State University Theorists Project tour with AJ Kelton (aka SL AJ Brooks)
    21. 30. Ready to Learn – How to make a new shirt
    22. 31. Everyone eager and ready for learning activity-confidence building and fun
    23. 32. Student takes the lead demonstrating and teaching building skills to class
    24. 33. Our Journey <ul><li> </li></ul>
    25. 34. Attending education roundtable discussions, presenting on Infolit iSchool Island, collaborating with Spinoza builder, attending ALA conference from inworld--opportunities for collaboration & informal learning in SL abound
    26. 35. Friends Meeting House
    27. 37. Cedar Island