Teaching  Prejudice and Discriminationusing Second L ife       By msserene and missrjFrom Innova Junior College, Singapore
Setting the Context    • Our profiles:      – General Paper lecturers cum tutors        at Innova Junior College, Singapor...
Setting the Context• The subject: General Paper    – Aims to enable students to better      understand the world by foster...
Setting the Context• The topic: Prejudice and  Discrimination    – Prejudice and Discrimination is one      of the main to...
Rationale for using SL    •   Second Life provides a stimulating environment        for students to ‘leave behind’ their a...
Maletopia
Overview• City concept• City landscape• Avatars• Town Hall and Forum  Spaces• Lesson Design
Design• City concept  – AD 2050  – 29 million light years    away from Earth  – Commercial hub of the    Sombrero Galaxy  ...
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Design• City landscape  – Statue of The Male    Figure  – Businesses  – Billboards
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Design• Avatars  – Kwong Jo Kin  – Dania Sykostky  – Reena Deion  – Shah Daniyal Jehan• Role-cards  – More information abo...
Kwong Jo Kin           • Chairperson             of the             Economy             RevitalisingD             Committe...
Shah Daniyal Jehan              • High school                student              • 2nd                generationD        ...
Reena Deion    • University      graduate,      Dean’s List    • VotedD     Graduate      Most Likely      to Succeed in  ...
Dania Sykostky    • President of      Women      Unite    • New citizenD     of Maletopia    • Proponent of      utilitari...
Design• Town Hall  – Information on    Maletopia  – Information on Male    Choice Priority (MCP)  – News articles on the  ...
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Lessons• Two lessons  – Familiarisation and    Immersion  – Discussion and    Generation
Familiarisation and   Immersion• To acquaint students  with Second Life  platform• To immerse students in  Maletopia and i...
Discussion and    Generation• To analyse the premise  of Male Choice Priority  (MCP)  – Does MCP infringe on    the rights...
Post-lesson Review    • Students to respond to the      following:      – Women will never have the same        rights as ...
In the works …    • To be implemented in April      2012, by the GP Unit from      Innova Junior College for      students...
Thank you!D       Questions?
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Innova Junior College's General Paper educator, Ms Serene Tan and Ms Lee Rui Jun presented at the 2012 Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education Conference on Second Life on the topic 'Teaching Prejudice and Discrimination Using Second Life'.

Conference Abstract: Welcome to Maletopia, a Second Life build that seeks to facilitate students’ exploration of ideas in prejudice and discrimination, one of the topics in the General Paper (GP) curriculum. The presentation will cover the rationale, objectives and design of the lessons revolving around Maletopia, which will be implemented in April 2012, by the GP Unit from Innova Junior College (Singapore, Grades 11-12). Through adopting the identities of their avatars, it is envisaged that Maletopia provides a stimulating environment for students to ‘leave behind’ their actual identities and engage in fruitful dialogues for enhanced understanding of prejudice and discrimination issues.

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  1. 1. Teaching Prejudice and Discriminationusing Second L ife By msserene and missrjFrom Innova Junior College, Singapore
  2. 2. Setting the Context • Our profiles: – General Paper lecturers cum tutors at Innova Junior College, SingaporeD • Our students: – Grades 11-12, preparing for GCE ‘A’ Level Examinations
  3. 3. Setting the Context• The subject: General Paper – Aims to enable students to better understand the world by fostering a critical awareness of various political, economic and social issues.D – To be aware of shared historical and social experiences both within Singapore and the region. – To develop maturity of thought, critical thinking skills, evaluation of arguments and opinions and the proficient use of language.
  4. 4. Setting the Context• The topic: Prejudice and Discrimination – Prejudice and Discrimination is one of the main topics of discussion under the General Paper syllabus.D – Compared with other topics such as Education, Crime and Punishment and the Media etc., the concepts, arguments and examples are more abstract and encompass multifarious perspectives that might be beyond the experiences of a Grade 11 student.
  5. 5. Rationale for using SL • Second Life provides a stimulating environment for students to ‘leave behind’ their actual identities to be immersed in the roles of their assigned avatars that they could not experience in reality. • Simulates a fantastical environment in a vividD design set that cannot be achieved in a classroom setting. • It is a platform for students to engage in fruitful dialogues, that can be captured as text via chat- logs, for enhanced understanding of prejudice and discrimination issues and for recording purposes. • Encourages self-directed learning outside the classroom, in the comfort of their homes.
  6. 6. Maletopia
  7. 7. Overview• City concept• City landscape• Avatars• Town Hall and Forum Spaces• Lesson Design
  8. 8. Design• City concept – AD 2050 – 29 million light years away from Earth – Commercial hub of the Sombrero Galaxy – Outgrowth of Earth, but is genetically-warped – Ideology of male superiority
  9. 9. DesignD
  10. 10. DesignD
  11. 11. Design• City landscape – Statue of The Male Figure – Businesses – Billboards
  12. 12. DesignD
  13. 13. DesignD
  14. 14. DesignD
  15. 15. DesignD
  16. 16. DesignD
  17. 17. DesignD
  18. 18. Design• Avatars – Kwong Jo Kin – Dania Sykostky – Reena Deion – Shah Daniyal Jehan• Role-cards – More information about the avatars’ profiles
  19. 19. Kwong Jo Kin • Chairperson of the Economy RevitalisingD Committee • Creator of the MCP Policy
  20. 20. Shah Daniyal Jehan • High school student • 2nd generationD Maletopian • Entitlement mentality
  21. 21. Reena Deion • University graduate, Dean’s List • VotedD Graduate Most Likely to Succeed in Life
  22. 22. Dania Sykostky • President of Women Unite • New citizenD of Maletopia • Proponent of utilitarianis m
  23. 23. Design• Town Hall – Information on Maletopia – Information on Male Choice Priority (MCP) – News articles on the events leading to MCP, and the responses to MCP• Forum spaces – Debating the validity and necessity of MCP
  24. 24. DesignD
  25. 25. DesignD
  26. 26. DesignD
  27. 27. Lessons• Two lessons – Familiarisation and Immersion – Discussion and Generation
  28. 28. Familiarisation and Immersion• To acquaint students with Second Life platform• To immerse students in Maletopia and in their assigned avatars• To relate to Maletopia in their assigned avatars – What do you think of your city of residence? – Do you like the new policy (MCP)? Why or why not?
  29. 29. Discussion and Generation• To analyse the premise of Male Choice Priority (MCP) – Does MCP infringe on the rights of female Maletopians?• To develop the different perspectives of the avatars, in relation to MCP
  30. 30. Post-lesson Review • Students to respond to the following: – Women will never have the same rights as men. Do you agree?D • Perception questionnaire – To identify engagement level during lessons – To measure interest generated in the topic
  31. 31. In the works … • To be implemented in April 2012, by the GP Unit from Innova Junior College for students of Grades 11-12D
  32. 32. Thank you!D Questions?

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