Education & Business in Virtual Worlds

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  • 1. cil2
  • 2. Education & Business in Virtual Worlds http://tinyurl.com/cil2009vw Jill Hurst-Wahl Hurst Associates, Ltd. March 31, 2009 Copyright © 2009, Hurst Associates, Ltd. All rights reserved .
  • 3. Gartner Hype Cycle
    • Technology Trigger
    • Peak of Inflated Expectations
    • Trough of Disillusionment
    • Slope of Enlightenment
    • Plateau of Productivity
  • 4. Second Life: Residents Logged In (3/17) 1.4M 1.0M 722K 560K Last 60 Days Last 30 Days Last 14 Days Last 7 Days
  • 5. Quick Facts - Education
    • Discovered benefits & applications (#4)
    • Hundreds of K-16 educators
    • Similar interaction as face-to-face
    • Addresses different learning styles
      • Visual, audio, or kinesthetic / tactile
    • Topic-focused learning
  • 6. Quick Facts - Business
    • Disillusionment (#3)
    • Virtual trade shows, conferences, meetings
    • VW commerce is not replacing RL commerce
  • 7. Trends
    • Creating VWs for simultaneous use by all ages
    • More VWs financially sustainable
    • Businesses searching for the right model
    • Virtual isn’t enough, people want to be physically present – Liz Lawley
  • 8.
    • Jill Hurst-Wahl
    • [email_address]
    • Meebo & Skype: jill.hurst.wahl
    • www.HurstAssociates.com
    • www.Digitization101.com
    • www.eNetworking101.com