From Reality to Second Life

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From Reality to Second Life

  1. 1. From Reality to Second Life®:Presenting Student Research in a Virtual WorldPatricia Edwards, Ph.D.Mary Bold, Ph.D., CFLECatherine Dutton, M.A.© 2008 Texas Woman’s University
  2. 2. The ChallengeHow do we offer distanceeducation students the meansof participating in acampus event?
  3. 3. The SolutionProvide an equivalent virtualexperience with as many of thesame functions aspossible.
  4. 4. The ContextTWU Student Creative Arts &Research Symposium2007- Virtual Posterswith Wikis2008- Second Life
  5. 5. The ProcessIdentifyStaffDeterminePlatformRegentsPresentationDevelopPolicies UserSupportPresenterSupportQualityCheckCommunityPresentationsDevelopSpaceCopyrightCompliance
  6. 6. The EventReal Life meets a Second Life“So, in a virtualworld, we don’thave distance.”“Additive ratherthan distractive.”
  7. 7. The DebriefingPresenters“The experience exceeded my expectations!”Feeling of accomplishment and excitement to share research.FacultyPlans & requests formore uses of platformStaffOverall SuccessAdjustments and changesfor future events1014 1123190102030VP1 SOA1 VP2 SOA2 VP3Session AttendedReal Life Attendees
  8. 8. The FutureSymposium Alumni Activities Teaching Student Research
  9. 9. Patricia Edwards, Ph.D.: pedwards@twu.eduMary Bold, Ph.D., CFLE: bold@marybold.comCatherine Dutton, MA: cdutton@twu.eduSL contact: Catherine Soderstrom© 2008 Texas Woman’s University

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