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Second Life

  1. 1. Second Life
  2. 2. Using Second Life as a learning environment
  3. 3. <ul><li>Educating Faculty to Teach in Second Life </li></ul>
  4. 4. Who is in Second Life? <ul><li>Individual “Players” </li></ul><ul><li>Educators </li></ul><ul><li>Small Businesses </li></ul><ul><li>Large Businesses </li></ul><ul><li>Non-profit organizations </li></ul><ul><li>Political actors </li></ul>
  5. 5. Why Use Immersive Education? <ul><li>Because in-person isn’t possible, practical, or desirable </li></ul><ul><li>Because educators and students need the ability to connect & communicate </li></ul><ul><li>Because the learning experience will benefit greatly </li></ul><ul><li>Because it simulates BEING THERE. </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>Second Life (SL) is a world that tries to reproduce </li></ul><ul><li>the real one, including the development of rules and even its own economy. </li></ul>Second Life
  7. 7. <ul><li>People are represented by their avatars (their 3D representations) and they communicate through chat (voice or written text), notecards, their profiles or Instant Messages (IM). </li></ul>
  8. 8. Heart Murmur Sim aims to provide a place for cardiac training where the participants can visit virtual patients, listen to their cardiac rhythms and make a diagnosis.
  9. 9. The goals of this island are to stimulate scientific discussion and reflection upon climate issues and, at the same time, allow participants to engage in simulations that wouldn’t be possible in the real world. Figure National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) island
  10. 10. Educational Institutions <ul><li>Harvard University, </li></ul><ul><li>Leicester University, </li></ul><ul><li>Universidade de Aveiro, Porto, and </li></ul><ul><li>Open University (UK), among others, </li></ul><ul><li>Have their own educational spaces in SL where they deliver some courses in several fields. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Main subject areas <ul><li>Health and medicine </li></ul><ul><li>Nursing training </li></ul><ul><li>Health and safety training </li></ul><ul><li>Physics simulations e.g. wind turbines </li></ul><ul><li>Information science theory </li></ul><ul><li>Art and fashion </li></ul><ul><li>Legal training </li></ul><ul><li>Theatre and drama </li></ul><ul><li>Computer science programming </li></ul><ul><li>Crime scene training </li></ul><ul><li>Languages, esp. Spanish </li></ul><ul><li>Midwifery </li></ul>Webber, 2010
  12. 12. Educational Institutions <ul><li>The Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society delivers a course to create and present: </li></ul><ul><li>Internet and Web 2.0 tools such as Wikis e blogs. </li></ul><ul><li>The students also meet in-world at Berkman Island. </li></ul>
  13. 13. Education Virtual Hajj Muinjij native American island Teeside Virtual factory Uncle D story quest on HIV/AIDS FSU Holocaust
  14. 14. Entrepreneurship and Second Life <ul><li>Why Second Life and entrepreneurship? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Second Life is designed with rules that allow an economy to operate </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Players own the items they create; that is, they have property rights </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>This has resulted in the development of a vibrant economy with a large number of entrepreneurs </li></ul></ul>
  15. 15. <ul><li>With the help of building tools and scripting, she </li></ul><ul><li>built laboratories where the students can participate in virtual experiences and produce data for analysis . </li></ul><ul><li>The students can also interact with experts in </li></ul><ul><li>GENETICS to broaden their knowledge. </li></ul>The Texas Wesleyan University has got the Genome Island
  16. 16. <ul><li>Develops professional training in </li></ul><ul><li>ICTs, management, sales and customer support. </li></ul><ul><li>It uses SL for synchronous classes and on-demand </li></ul><ul><li>training through audio, video or podcasts resources </li></ul>Thomson Netg Training
  17. 17. <ul><li>Co-surfed side by side </li></ul><ul><li>Answered a lot of questions. </li></ul><ul><li>Traveled to a nursing sim, participated in a conversation, befriended other nursing educators, and JOINED A GROUP ! </li></ul>
  18. 18. Webber 2010
  19. 19. Students present their conference highlights, in their Second Life homes in the Educational Informatics village
  20. 20. Second Life is a valuable as one of the environments that can be used for teaching & learning and (if you want) you can also have fun!