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“The Potential for Digital Field Assignments in Second Life”
Digital field assignments are course activities in which students collect and analyze data from the field using digital technologies. However, what happens when the field is a virtual, 3-D environment? This presentation will explore the possibility of using Second Life to conduct course research assignments. Case studies being explored at Johns Hopkins and other institutions will be described.
Questions:
1) What is the value of teaching qualitative research skills in Second Life instead of the Real Life?
2) What are students’ perspectives on using Second Life as a situated learning experience?
3) How does identity formation operate in Second Life (and how does it transfer to Real Life)?

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    1. 1. The Potential for Digital Field Assignments in Second Life This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike License. To view a copy of this license, visit http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/.
    2. 2. Mike Reese (Kidkooley Xu) Assistant Director, Center for Educational Resources Doctoral Student, Johns Hopkins Sociology Department
    3. 3. Digital Field Assignments <ul><li>- course activities in which students collect and analyze data from the field using digital technologies . </li></ul>
    4. 4. Active/Situated Learning <ul><li>“ Hear and you forget; see and you remember; do and you understand.” ~Confucius </li></ul>
    5. 5. Why?
    6. 6. Research is King
    7. 7. <ul><li>Research Teaching </li></ul>Pres. Daniel Coit Gilman
    8. 8. Social Scientists & Humanists
    9. 11. <ul><li>Immersive 3-D Virtual Environment </li></ul><ul><li>Field </li></ul>
    10. 12. <ul><li>Power of SL  Social Environment </li></ul>
    11. 13. Qualitative Research Methods <ul><li>Field Research in Second Life </li></ul><ul><li>Bradley University </li></ul><ul><li>Prof. Beliveau </li></ul><ul><li>(Ed Lamoureux) </li></ul>Image Source: http://slane.bradley.edu/com/faculty/lamoureux/website2/lamoureux_6_07_nmc.zip
    12. 14. Identify Formation – Microagressions Role Play
    13. 15. Balanced Opinions <ul><li>Student Perspectives </li></ul><ul><li>Second Life Limitations </li></ul><ul><li>Media Grid activity - http://mediagrid.org/ </li></ul>
    14. 16. Thank You Mike Reese (mreese@jhu.edu)

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