This ppt accompanied a presentation at the Emerging Learning Design 2011 Conference in Montclair, NJ. I discuss how to use SL and other virtual worlds in higher education, to teach theoretical or difficult concepts in an integrative virtual classroom.
Purpose of The Theorists Project<br />Create Interactive Collaborative Learning<br />Help Students Build Their Own Knowledge<br />See Counseling Theories in a New Way<br />Add to Student’s Technological Competence<br />
The Building Assignment<br />Choose a Counseling Theory<br />Populate a ‘room’ with 5 objects<br />1 must be picture of group<br />2 must have creative components<br />200 Lindens per group<br />LIMIT Prims!<br />Visit and Evaluate Peers’ Rooms<br />
What I Learned<br />Take the Time to Play<br />Give Some Structure, but not too much!<br />Integrate, Integrate<br />Groups Work Well with Adult Learners<br /> Provide Lots of Support<br />Videos <br />Instructional Documents<br />Mentoring<br />
Student Responses<br />Many Enjoyed the Process<br />Many Rather Traditional Presentations<br />Worked Well for This Group of Students<br />Learned More from Each Other than from Me<br />
38<br />Trouble in Paradise<br /><ul><li>Laid of 1/3 of the staff(including all of the EDU support personnel)