Using Second LIfe for Teaching Difficult Concepts

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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 difficult concepts in an integrative virtual classroom.

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Using Second LIfe for Teaching Difficult Concepts

  1. 1. Using Second Life to Teach Difficult Theoretical Concepts<br />Dr. Edina Renfro-Michel, LPC<br />Montclair State University<br />
  2. 2. Contact and PPT Info<br />In SL: Edina Gumbo<br />E-Mail: renfromichee@mail.montclair.edu<br />PPT Available at:<br />http://bit.ly/klvBsc<br />
  3. 3. Welcome to Virtual Worlds!<br />
  4. 4. Virtual Me: Edina Gumbo<br />
  5. 5. Agenda<br />SL as a Learning Tool<br />Purpose of the Project<br />How I Utilized SL with Theories<br />Logistics<br />What I Learned – Research Results<br />Student Responses<br />
  6. 6. Second Life as a Learning Tool<br />Interactive<br />Immersive <br />Student Directed Learning<br />Creative and Fun<br />Experiences Not Available in “Real World”<br />Holistic Learning<br />
  7. 7. Ways to Utilize Second Life<br />Experiencing<br />Interacting<br />Create Hypotheses<br />Reflecting<br />Creating<br />Building<br />
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  15. 15. Genome Island<br />
  16. 16. DANTE’S INFERNO<br />
  17. 17. Renaissance Island<br />
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  20. 20. Camp Darfur<br />
  21. 21. Need Ideas?<br />Great Blog:<br />http://www.virtualworldsedu.info/blog/<br />SL Education Wiki:<br />http://wiki.secondlife.com/wiki/Second_Life_Education<br />SLED List:<br />https://lists.secondlife.com/cgi-bin/mailman/listinfo/educators<br />
  22. 22. Purpose of The Theorists Project<br />Create Interactive Collaborative Learning<br />Help Students Build Their Own Knowledge<br />See Counseling Theories in a New Way<br />Add to Student’s Technological Competence<br />
  23. 23. The Theorists Project<br />
  24. 24. The Theorists Project<br />
  25. 25. The Theorists Project<br />
  26. 26. The Courtyard <br />
  27. 27. How I Utilized SL with Theories<br />Learning About Psychoanalysis<br />Building Their Own ‘Theory Room’<br />Learning from Peers<br />Visiting Darfur and case analysis<br />
  28. 28. A Meeting of the Minds<br />
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  31. 31. The Building Assignment<br />Choose a Counseling Theory<br />Populate a ‘room’ with 5 objects<br />1 must be picture of group<br />2 must have creative components<br />200 Lindens per group<br />LIMIT Prims!<br />Visit and Evaluate Peers’ Rooms<br />
  32. 32. Adler’s Room<br />
  33. 33. Rogers Room<br />
  34. 34. Existentialism Ground<br />
  35. 35. Existentialism Skybox<br />
  36. 36. What I Learned<br />Take the Time to Play<br />Give Some Structure, but not too much!<br />Integrate, Integrate<br />Groups Work Well with Adult Learners<br /> Provide Lots of Support<br />Videos <br />Instructional Documents<br />Mentoring<br />
  37. 37. Student Responses<br />Many Enjoyed the Process<br />Many Rather Traditional Presentations<br />Worked Well for This Group of Students<br />Learned More from Each Other than from Me<br />
  38. 38. 38<br />Trouble in Paradise<br /><ul><li>Laid of 1/3 of the staff(including all of the EDU support personnel)
  39. 39. Eliminated the Teen Grid
  40. 40. Eliminated the discount for Educationeffectively doubling the cost</li></li></ul><li>
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  43. 43. This is not about the applicationit is about the result<br />

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