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Title: Second Life: A Novice/Expert Teaching and Learning Tale
Contributor(s): Masters, Yvonne (author)orcid ; Gregory, Sue (author)orcid 
Publication Date: 2013
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-4205-8.ch015
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Abstract: An increasing number of educational institutions are trialling the use of virtual worlds as teaching and learning environments, particularly for distance education students. In 2009 the authors have begun a research project to explore the efficacy of one such virtual world, Second Life, as a viable adjunct to other online learning experiences. However, it is now recognised that most academics have no experience of teaching in a virtual world. An integral aspect of our research is to examine whether a novice user of Second Life could quickly learn to teach effectively with this tool. The teaching experience is outlined from two points of view: the novice and the expert. The emergent themes are discussed and conclusions are made regarding the efficacy of Second Life as a teaching and learning environment for distance education students and the level of support that might be needed to assist other novices to teach in-world.
Publication Type: Book Chapter
Source of Publication: Outlooks and Opportunities in Blended and Distance Learning, p. 204-218
Publisher: IGI Global
Place of Publication: Hershey, United States of America
ISBN: 9781466642058
Field of Research (FOR): 130313 Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators
130103 Higher Education
130306 Educational Technology and Computing
HERDC Category Description: B1 Chapter in a Scholarly Book
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Series Name: Advances in Mobile and Distance Learning (AMDL) Book Series
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