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Teaching Classes in Second Life

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Presented at an academic conference. Describes my work teaching non-credit offering in Second Life.

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Teaching Classes in Second Life

  1. 1. Teaching Entrepreneurs using Second Life Mark Atkinson Small Business Development Center University of Wyoming
  2. 2. Agenda UW Entrepreneurship Programs What is a 3-D Virtual World? SBDC Project Theory & Current Research Classes
  3. 3. Funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small BusinessAdministration. All opinions, conclusions or recommendations expressed arethose of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the SBA.
  4. 4. 3-D Virtual World
  5. 5. A Tale of Three WorldsPhysical Space Web Conference Video Game
  6. 6. 3-D Virtual Worlds
  7. 7. Second Life is considered “the most attractiveproposition for educators” (Warburton, 2009,p. 418).
  8. 8. Why Virtual Worlds?Investigation, cultivation, and developmentof interactive learning environments.(Wynn, 2002).Follow social movement.
  9. 9. UW SBDC Project
  10. 10. Reality of a Virtual World Program • Support instruction • Needs a champion • Understand scholarly underpinnings • Tied to org’s mission statement
  11. 11. Reality of a New IdeaEntrepreneurship Education Program 1.Business Counseling 2.Classes 3.Web Services (forms, video, account sign in, class registration & payment) 4.Internal Meetings 5.Alliances 6.Branding
  12. 12. Needs Assessment 2009
  13. 13. British Journal of Educational Technology“…80% of internet users will have an avatar by end of 2011…”
  14. 14. Staff Training
  15. 15. Retreat Photos
  16. 16. Retreat Photos
  17. 17. Theory & Current Research
  18. 18. Social Presence TheoryShort, Williams, Christie – UniversityCollege London1976
  19. 19. Social Presence TheorySocial Presence is……a quality of thecommunications media, asperceived by the user.
  20. 20. Social Presence TheoryUltimate uses of any technology arefrequently much more diverse thanenvisioned by the original innovators(Short, Williams, & Christie, 1976).
  21. 21. Social Presence Theory Interpartyacting out rolestask orientated Interpersonal maintaining relationships relationship oriented
  22. 22. Social Presence TheoryMissing from mediated communication:facial expression, direction ofgaze, posture, dress, and physicaldistance (proximics).
  23. 23. Social Presence Theory Non-Verbal Communication Information passage & system 1. attention 2. channel control 3. feedback 4. illustrations 5. emblems 6. attitudes
  24. 24. Stanford UniversityVirtualHumanInteractionsLab
  25. 25. Teaching Tools
  26. 26. Second Life Viewer 2 in the Cloud1. Content Delivery2. Information Processing/Interaction
  27. 27. The Classes
  28. 28. Classes March 2011 Start a Business Sell Online with a Website1 hour each18 attendees; 14 registeredQ&AEvaluatedSBDC Established CurriculaLecture and Demonstration, no activities
  29. 29. Images
  30. 30. Images
  31. 31. Images
  32. 32. EvaluationsI would attend another class taught by thisinstructor in Second Life? 85% yes 15% not sure 0% no
  33. 33. Evaluations Excellent Good Average PoorPresentation quality 57% 29% 0% 14%Effective use of technology by instuctor 57% 29% 0% 14%How much I learned 14% 29% 43% 0%How easy it was to access class 29% 29% 14% 29%How Instructor handled problems while teaching 57% 43% 0% 0%Length of class 43% 29% 29% 0%
  34. 34. Issues• Access: broadband, graphics card, RAM, age of computer• Sound• Class pre-requisites• Conceptual understanding of VW• Griefing & Security
  35. 35. Why?• 3-D• Proliferation of Virtual Social Spaces• Video Game Generation• Rich Collaboration• Reduction of DL Isolation?
  36. 36. Mark Atkinson mark.atkinson@uwyo.eduSmall Business Development Center

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