Marc Prensky finds that our students of this generation have changed.
Relating to my point about whether students are being influenced by the media and technology.Greenfield says that .............
Well, virtual worlds are already being used. Such as There are various educational institute on second life
To prove this point, I will Pickout three successfull example, i will talk about 3 institutes on second life
The students grades had rised and it enrouraged a lot more students to join second life.
By helping more than 150 colleges and universities learn to make broad use of virtual spaces, including institutions like MIT, Harvard, Yale, Princeton, USC, Rice, and many others, the NMC has built the largest educational project in any virtual world. The NMC's not-for-profit project has recovered all its costs through virtual world operations and became completely self-sustaining in early 2007.’
The OU campus in Second Life offers something completely new and invigorating for this varied and widely dispersed student body -
Second Life’s persistent virtual environments enable students to work together synchronously and then return, individually or as a team’ (Linden Lab, 2011)
Thus you can collaborate with the other educational environment. Such as the 700 institutions.
By reducing the need for travel and meeting in a virtual classroom, schools can save millions of carbon pounds from entering our environment.
Distractions on the internet. Philip Zhai argues that ‘virtual reality is equivalent to actual reality and we may end up leaving the real world behind and what this would mean to the human race’.
Immersionist they rarely reveal their real life identities, not disclosing personal information within their profile and using text rather than voice to communicate’. Thus they might not agree. Augmentationist: ‘people’s real world identities tend to be known, and there is no sense of role-play, or adopting the conventions of a separate self-contained space’.
Identities within Virtual Worlds and Future Metaverses:Implications for our Existence in Online Spaces
• The implications of the change to digital learning• Will it be accepted by the society?
‘There are ‘over 700 educational institutions from all over the world are in Second Life today’ (Linden Lab, 2011)‘Dozens of highly successful projects are provingthat Second Life can be as effective as traditional classrooms and for many students it’s an even more effective learning environment’ (Linden Lab, 2011) .
Loyalist college: Virtual World Simulation Training Prepares RealGuards on the US-Canadian Border: Loyalist College in Second Life „Before September 11, 2001, Customs and Immigration students at Loyalist College spent three weeks tailing professional border guards to experience the daily routine of their future job. However, In a post-911 environment however, this was no longer allowed. Training suffered until the Director of Educational Technology at Loyalist College catalyzed a virtual border crossing simulation in Second Life for Loyalist students‟. (second life, 2011) scores from a56% success in 2007, to 95% Over 650 at the end of students and 8 2008 faculty to explore Second Life for mixed purposes.
„The New Media Consortium (NMC)is a non-profit consortium oflearning-focused organizationsfounded in 1993. it has nearly 300members, including most of the topcolleges and universities in theworld, museums, research centers,foundations, and other forward-thinking organizations. Since 2006the NMC has used Second Life asanother medium to achieve theirmission - to encourage the use ofemerging technologies in support ofteaching, learning, research, andcreative expression – withremarkable results‟. (second life,2009)
The open university:Providing Geographically Dispersed Students & Faculty A Place to Meet and Learn Together:
• ‘Todays challenging Advantages environment: Economic pressures from budget cuts and the rising cost of education continue to mount. While students are forced to pay higher tuition fees, share resources, and even drop classes, educators are obligated to creatively “do more with less” by designing curricula that accommodates economic constraints‟ (Linden Lab, 2011)
• ‘Virtual worlds enable real life learning: And mostThey can also importantly,work with ‘You feel likestudents from It amplifies You can you’re there. Wevarious areas learning via prototype call it a sense ofwhich broaden presentatio real life “presence”’.their ns, chat, productions. (Linden Lab,imaginations. calls. 2011)
Ken Hudson,Managing Director,Virtual World DesignCenter, Loyalist Collegesays
It may not Ontologybe relevantfor allsubjectsStudents mightdisplaycyberdisinhibitionas i experienced Addictionon Unity 3d. (Vine,2010)
Bennetsen (2006) observed the two dominant modes in which activities take place within virtual worlds, in his case Second Life. He refers to these two modes as Immersion and Augmentation ( Bennetsen, 2006, p. 102) Augmentationist Immersionist
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