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This ppt accompanied a presentation at the Emerging Learning Design 2011 Conference in Montclair, NJ. I discuss how to use SL and other virtual worlds in higher education, to teach theoretical or......

This ppt accompanied a presentation at the Emerging Learning Design 2011 Conference in Montclair, NJ. I discuss how to use SL and other virtual worlds in higher education, to teach theoretical or difficult concepts in an integrative virtual classroom.

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  • 1. Using Second Life to Teach Difficult Theoretical Concepts
    Dr. Edina Renfro-Michel, LPC
    Montclair State University
  • 2. Contact and PPT Info
    In SL: Edina Gumbo
    E-Mail: renfromichee@mail.montclair.edu
    PPT Available at:
    http://bit.ly/klvBsc
  • 3. Welcome to Virtual Worlds!
  • 4. Virtual Me: Edina Gumbo
  • 5. Agenda
    SL as a Learning Tool
    Purpose of the Project
    How I Utilized SL with Theories
    Logistics
    What I Learned – Research Results
    Student Responses
  • 6. Second Life as a Learning Tool
    Interactive
    Immersive
    Student Directed Learning
    Creative and Fun
    Experiences Not Available in “Real World”
    Holistic Learning
  • 7. Ways to Utilize Second Life
    Experiencing
    Interacting
    Create Hypotheses
    Reflecting
    Creating
    Building
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  • 15. Genome Island
  • 16. DANTE’S INFERNO
  • 17. Renaissance Island
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  • 20. Camp Darfur
  • 21. Need Ideas?
    Great Blog:
    http://www.virtualworldsedu.info/blog/
    SL Education Wiki:
    http://wiki.secondlife.com/wiki/Second_Life_Education
    SLED List:
    https://lists.secondlife.com/cgi-bin/mailman/listinfo/educators
  • 22. Purpose of The Theorists Project
    Create Interactive Collaborative Learning
    Help Students Build Their Own Knowledge
    See Counseling Theories in a New Way
    Add to Student’s Technological Competence
  • 23. The Theorists Project
  • 24. The Theorists Project
  • 25. The Theorists Project
  • 26. The Courtyard
  • 27. How I Utilized SL with Theories
    Learning About Psychoanalysis
    Building Their Own ‘Theory Room’
    Learning from Peers
    Visiting Darfur and case analysis
  • 28. A Meeting of the Minds
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  • 31. The Building Assignment
    Choose a Counseling Theory
    Populate a ‘room’ with 5 objects
    1 must be picture of group
    2 must have creative components
    200 Lindens per group
    LIMIT Prims!
    Visit and Evaluate Peers’ Rooms
  • 32. Adler’s Room
  • 33. Rogers Room
  • 34. Existentialism Ground
  • 35. Existentialism Skybox
  • 36. What I Learned
    Take the Time to Play
    Give Some Structure, but not too much!
    Integrate, Integrate
    Groups Work Well with Adult Learners
    Provide Lots of Support
    Videos
    Instructional Documents
    Mentoring
  • 37. Student Responses
    Many Enjoyed the Process
    Many Rather Traditional Presentations
    Worked Well for This Group of Students
    Learned More from Each Other than from Me
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    Trouble in Paradise
    • Laid of 1/3 of the staff(including all of the EDU support personnel)
    • 39. Eliminated the Teen Grid
    • 40. Eliminated the discount for Educationeffectively doubling the cost
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  • 43. This is not about the applicationit is about the result