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  1. 1. A First Experience on Implementing a Lecture on Second Life Luis M Martinez, BScEE, MSc IMS, PhD Department of Communications Learning Technolgies Laboratory Universidad Iberoamericana Mexico
  2. 2. Introduction <ul><li>We implemented a Technology, Human and Transcendence course lecture in SL </li></ul><ul><li>Used first principles of pedagogy including delivery criteria </li></ul><ul><li>First higher education experience in SL reported in Mexico </li></ul>Instructional design Lecture implementation Results
  3. 3. <ul><li>SL is a furtive and challenging environment for academic and educational activities </li></ul><ul><li>Observed development lines of SLEA : </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Meta-educational regions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Extension of “real world“ activities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Personal teaching initiatives </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Course & context <ul><li>Universidad Iberoamericana is the Jesuit university in Mexico City (+12,000 students @ 33+ UG & PG programs) </li></ul><ul><li>Every UG student must carry-out 4 elective courses “University Reflection Courses” (curricular spaces aimed at ethical reflection and development of critical capacity and self criticism) </li></ul>
  5. 5. Course & Context <ul><li>Reported experience belongs to the course “Technology, Human and Trascendence” </li></ul><ul><li>Aims to identify convergence points between philosophy, religion and science </li></ul>
  6. 6. Motivation <ul><li>Research at the Learning Technologies Program at UIA </li></ul><ul><li>Broader study, identifying SLEA </li></ul><ul><li>Exploration of spirituality activity at SL </li></ul><ul><li>Experimentation spirit within SL </li></ul>
  7. 7. Instructional design <ul><li>Based on theory on learning (Gagne) & the Ignatian pedagogy </li></ul>Evaluation Context Experience Action Reflection
  8. 8. A lecture in second life <ul><li>Theme : Terrorism </li></ul><ul><li>Objective : identify convergence between technology, faith and philosophy in recent terrorist events </li></ul><ul><li>Delivery strategy : present information, discussion, brainstorming </li></ul><ul><li>Additional activities for “extra time” </li></ul><ul><li>Student profile : UG, 3rd year, engineering, design, law, political science and architecture </li></ul><ul><li>Lecturer profile : engineer & researcher, 15y teaching experience </li></ul>
  9. 9. Lecture hall design
  10. 10. Pedagogical event
  11. 11. Lesons learned <ul><li>Students need a “SL tutorial” for adapting to the environment and optimize time </li></ul><ul><li>Implementation time is twice as for face-to-face lecture </li></ul><ul><li>We estimate a length of less than 45min for proper attention level </li></ul><ul><li>Chat must be “moderated” </li></ul><ul><li>Active learning techniques = less distraction </li></ul><ul><li>Parallel conversations in other channels </li></ul><ul><li>Observers can be present in RL without interference </li></ul><ul><li>Lectures can be recorded </li></ul>
  12. 12. Student ´s experience <ul><li>Graded the lecture with 8.5 / 10 </li></ul><ul><li>No need for RL presence </li></ul><ul><li>Care for avatar design </li></ul><ul><li>Slower class rythm compared to RL </li></ul>
  13. 13. Conclusion <ul><li>Novel and exciting environment for online learning </li></ul><ul><li>Competitive advantages over conventional LMS. Inmersive interaction and synchronous dialogue </li></ul><ul><li>Near face to face interaction can be achieved </li></ul><ul><li>Usability and reliability needs improvement </li></ul>
  14. 14. <ul><li>Luis M Martinez (Hipouia masala) </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Department of Communications </li></ul><ul><li>Universidad Iberoamericana </li></ul>

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