Second Life and Inquiry Based Learning


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This poster was presented by Sheila Webber at the CILASS (Centre for Inquiry Based Learning in the Arts and Social Sciences) summer fair, on 14th June 2010. It presents an intervention using Second Life, the virtual world, in a core module (Information Literacy) in the BSc Information Management, and identifies the modes of IBL used.

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Second Life and Inquiry Based Learning

  1. 1. Second Life and Inquiry Based Learning Sheila Webber The learning & teaching The learning context environments Inf104: Information literacy Second Life By the end of the module students will have learnt: • to analyse their own information behaviour and start to identify ways in MOLE which they can become more information literate • to understand some key information literacy models and theories • to plan a strategy for seeking information and search for information in specific information sources • to apply an evaluation framework to information resources Face to Face • to interact with others to explore their information behaviour and needs • to communicate more effectively orally and in writing Assessment: Analysis of & reflection on research interviews in Second Life; E-portfolio on their progress in relation to the SCONUL 7 Pillars of Information Literacy Compulsory activities in a core level 1 module: BSc Information Management (25-35 students each year; 2007/8-2009/10) “Curriculum design should have The IBL framework a greater focus on the interactive dimensions of learning and the social The intervention experience of students, for example working in small groups and more enquiry-based and project work. It should also Student provide a more challenging avatars in the learning experience to encourage greater engagement 3D world, SL and the development of independent learning and high- level critical skills.” Whittaker, 2008: 8. Students as research IBL framework applied to SL Conclusion assistants “taking a blended [6:35] [6:35] Interviewer: did you acquire any information by bumping into it: coming across it when you weren't specifically looking for information on this topic? Interviewee D: I had seen cubes offering land for sale Inf104 approach made it easier to engage students with [6:36] Interviewee D: I knew a bit from just being in SL and knowing the environment [6:36] [6:36] Interviewee D: I'd clicked on a few rental posters and boxes Interviewer: and can you say something about how you felt when you had bumped into the information? Information Research question Literacy class all quarters of the IBL set by Inf104 tutor, primary data matrix …WebCT gathered by („information responsive‟) students within SL and SL („discovery Problem set by Inf104 tutor, active/responsive‟) were knowledge base explored complementary in this outside SL, presented within SL respect, while face to face work enabled References Webber, S. (2010) Investigating modes of student Inquiry in Second Life as part of a various modes of IBL, blended approach. International journal of personal and virtual learning environments, 1 (3). and prepared students (in press) for online work.” Whittaker, R. (2008) Quality Enhancement Themes: The First Year Experience: Transition to and during the first year. Glasgow: QAA Scotland Webber, 2010 © Sheila Webber / Sheila Yoshikawa & the University of Sheffield, Department of Information Studies: the iSchool June 2010. Photos by Sheila Webber Second Life is a trademark of Linden Labs