Immersive Virtual Worlds in Educational Practice: Introducing Educators to Second Life

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  • LESSONSLEARNED SLisacomplexenvironmentrequiring: Highleveloffacilitationandresourcesupport

    Timecommitmenttodevelopcompetencies

    However Supportspersonal&emotionalconnections

    Promiseforeducation

    ACTIONPLAN TweakTheoreticalFramework

    ContinueDevelopment: PDopportunitiesinSL VLEresourceforlearning&application PreclassOrientation

    SkydeckinSL Wiki

  • Vygotsky 1978; Bruner, 1961

  • http://communitiesofinquiry.com/

  • Goals: Tolearnhowtosurviveasaresidentinworld Toexperienceacollaborativecommunity Tobecomefamiliarwithsomebasicresources&examplesofpracticeinSL

    ToengageinacriticalevaluationofthepotentialofVirtualWorldsforeducation

  • Graduateleveldistancecourse Precourseorientationrequirement

    11Students[PhD,Faculty,Administrators],1Instructor,&2SLMentors

    1hourx15weeks Meet/DirectInstruction/ReviewinSL@Skydeck Participateintour,presentation,orotheractivity

    CriticalWikireflectionofinworldexperience Assignmentshttp://introto2ndlifeforeducators.pbworks.com/WeeklyCourseAssignments

  • Howdidparticipantsevaluate: theirlearningexperience? theirabilitytoengageandinteractinSL? theeducationalpotentialofSL?

    IsframeworkausefulconstructforunderstandingtheaffordancesofSLforteaching&informal/formallearning?

    DataAnalysis ParticipantsWikiPostings ExitSurvey

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  • MybiglearningeventforthiscoursewasthesenseofconnectednessIvefeltinthisgroup,goingthroughthematerial.ItsanexperienceIvefelthasbeenabsentfrommyonlinepostingformatclassesintheAdministratorsLicenseprogram.Theyreallgoodclasses,butmybighookintoeducationisthesocialaspect.SecondLifebringsthatinawaythatsmademefeelmoreconnectedtothiscoursethananyotherIvetakenonline.TheresanimmediacyandalmosttactilequalitytoexperiencesgeneratedinSLthatanentirelytextdrivencoursewillfundamentallybeunabletoprovide.

  • TheresacertainharmonytoawelldesignedislandinSecondLifeabalancebetweeninfinitecomplexityandcleanlines.Eachofthesiteswevisitedseemedtoreflectacombinationofwideopenspacesandthenrichlyconvolutednestsofideas,eachtakingaphysicalformforinteractionThisiswhatSecondLifeseemstobe.IseeSLasachanceforstudentstomakedeeperconnectionsbetweencontentandthemselves.Andifchallengedtobuildsomethingrepresentingtheirlearning,studentswouldbeexcitedtohaveatit.

  • IletstudentsknowIwouldbetherewatchingandreadytoassistwithanyquestions.BeforewelefttheSkydeckwewentoverhowbasicsliketosendaprivateInstantMessage[IM]andhowtoaskforateleportiftheygotstucksomewhere.Iwentwiththemandaftermakingsuretheyallmadeittothewelcomeareaandwereclickingtogetnotecards,Isentthemontheirowntoexploreandhoveredabovethebuild.UsingcameracontrolsIwasabletokeeptrackfairlywell(feltabitlikeamotherhentryingtokeeptrackofherchicks).IftheyranintoproblemsIcouldquicklybetheretohelp.ThisworkedverywellandsomestudentsdidInstantMessagemeforhelp,oreventosharetheirexcitementaboutwhattheywereexperiencing.

  • LESSONSLEARNED Theoreticalframeworkwellsupported ConstructivistID

    Facilitation/Scaffolding LearningEnvironment Active Learning

    CoIModel TP&SP CPactivitiesreflection*

    SLLearning&PD

    ACTIONPLAN Continuemandatoryprecourseorientation

    handsonsandboxactivities/skillbuilding

    Betteralignmentwiththemestheoreticalframework*

    participationSLliveeventsassignments