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September 23, 2011 / dlitgroup

Is Second Life Dead?

If it’s not dead, SecondLife (SL) has made it past the “hype cycle”! Does it really offer anything to enhance teaching and learning? These questions came to my mind today as I participated in MCCVLC meetings around the SecondLife Initiative and the Advisory Council. Here are some potential uses of a SL Island:

  • Office space for office hours with students.
  • Multi-purpose meeting and classroom spaces.
  • Discipline-specific spaces that can support learning activities.

Here’s a screenshot from our discussion of how a Criminal Justice class might present a scenario (e.g. crime scene investigation, accident reporting) through SecondLife.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Before we spend time and effort on building spaces and collaborating with those who already have an island, I’m wondering if the nursing, criminal justice, biology, business or other disciplines can see an advantage to getting their online or campus students into one of these spaces. How could this be integrated with Blackboard? Please comment below.

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  1. cora / Sep 23 2011 10:28 pm

    This ties in nicely with our ideas about using simulation labs for our nursing students. Must be honest and say that I haven’t heard of the second life initiative but would be interested to know what the capabilities are and how it could enhance student learning.

  2. kate byerwalter / Sep 25 2011 2:19 pm

    Could you explain more about what Second Life is? I’m not sure I understand. I think it looks like a virtual world? Thanks, KB

  3. Jose / Sep 26 2011 7:51 pm

    Perhaps, much like this CJ example, different scenarios can be creater taylored to the specific field of study. I guess my question would then be, does second life have the technology and style to encompass a successful learning experience for students.

  4. dlitgroup / Sep 27 2011 2:37 pm

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