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SLACTIONS 2011 - Use Second Life to teach Religion

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Presentation held on SLACTIONS 2011 Conference about the Use of Second Life in the teaching of Religion - a case study in the monotheist religions teaching

Presentation held on SLACTIONS 2011 Conference about the Use of Second Life in the teaching of Religion - a case study in the monotheist religions teaching

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  • 1. THE USE OF SECOND LIFE IN THE © TEACHING OF RELIGION a case study in the monotheist religions teachingFernando Cassola Marques / Fernando MoreiraUniversidade PortucalensePorto - Portugal
  • 2. SUMMARY Some of the results Our own obtained study Studies about this theme Initial aproachSLACTIONS 2011 18-11-2011
  • 3. QUESTION?SLACTIONS 2011 18-11-2011
  • 4. THE BEGINNING …SLACTIONS 2011 18-11-2011
  • 5. FIND SOME STUFF ABOUT THAT …SLACTIONS 2011 18-11-2011
  • 6. FIND SOME STUFF ABOUT THAT … http://youtu.be/a4h4x5xjum0SLACTIONS 2011 18-11-2011
  • 7. UQ RELIGION BAZAARSLACTIONS 2011 18-11-2011
  • 8. UQ RELIGION BAZAARSLACTIONS 2011 18-11-2011
  • 9. UQ RELIGION BAZAAR - CONCLUSIONS• The students did not have enough lab time to adequately prepare for the role play on Second Life• Planning to continue with this project, for example in the course “Introduction to World Religions”, but improving some variants of the role-play model usedSLACTIONS 2011 18-11-2011
  • 10. GOALS OF OUR OWN STUDY …• Check if the SL can be used in an educational context, teaching the monotheistic religions;• Identify advantages and disadvantages of using SL in teaching the monotheistic religions;• Planning for future investigations using SL in teaching the monotheistic religionsSLACTIONS 2011 18-11-2011
  • 11. OUR CASE STUDY …• 4 student groups of different years • 2 groups in the 9th grade (15 years old), • a group in the 10th grade (16 years old), • a group belonging to the 11 th grade (17 years old),• Enrolled in the course of Moral Education and Catholic Religious (EMRC) in the Portuguese public school.• 44 individuals, divided on 32 female and 12 male elements• Coordinated by two teachersSLACTIONS 2011 18-11-2011
  • 12. FIRST LESSON Do you use Virtual WorldsHave you heard about virtual worlds? (SecondLife, OpenSim, ReactionGrid, Heritage, BlueMars, Habbo, etc.)SLACTIONS 2011 18-11-2011
  • 13. SECOND LESSONSLACTIONS 2011 18-11-2011
  • 14. SECOND LESSON - RESULTS Can you better understand the symbols of the following religions, through visiting their islands?It was easy to identify the locations (islands)with the respective religion SLACTIONS 2011 18-11-2011
  • 15. THIRD LESSONSLACTIONS 2011 18-11-2011
  • 16. THIRD LESSON - RESULTS Do you think it is possible to use the Second Life in the discipline of EMRC?Was I more aware of the issues Will you recommend the use ofstudied because it was used the Second Life as a learning tool in Second Life? the classroom? SLACTIONS 2011 18-11-2011
  • 17. THIRD LESSON - RESULTS What were your greatest difficulties in using Second Life in the classroom?a. We were constantly without internet connection 18%b. Problems logging in Second Life (login and password) 14%c. Difficulty in moving the avatar 9%d. Problems in finding interesting content on the islands visited 16%e. Second Life was too slow to load graphics 7%f. I had no trouble, or if I did it was easily overcome 34%Other 2%SLACTIONS 2011 18-11-2011
  • 18. SOME CONCLUSIONS … Virtual worlds is a very potential pedagogical teaching tool Some preconception and even structural barriers to its use in the classroom Virtual Worlds potential overcome any technical difficulties that may arise The students where motivated and committed The level of acquisition and understanding of content, using the SL was very high Need for more time for users in order to explore the islands visited, and the contents learned At the level of religious education, much is yet to be done and created on the SL Existing resources are scarce and make the users of these worlds have enormous difficulties SLACTIONS 2011 18-11-2011
  • 19. THANK YOU ! fernandocassola@gmail.com fejocama Ubble / fernando cassola http://www.twitter.com/fernandocassola http://www.facebook.com/fernandocassola http://www.scoop.it/t/fernandocassola/ http://www.slideshare.com/fejocama http://uportu.academia.edu/FernandoCassolaMarques http://pt.linkedin.com/in/fernandocassolaSLACTIONS 2011 18-11-2011

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