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Title: Second Life™ and the novice user: What issues exist prior to commencing teaching in a virtual environment?
Contributor(s): Masters, Yvonne  (author)orcid 
Publication Date: 2010
Handle Link: https://hdl.handle.net/1959.11/7569
Abstract: With more and more universities developing online modes of teaching and learning and embracing a range of technologies including web 2.0 and social networking tools, virtual worlds are becoming more common as learning spaces and many universities have a virtual presence, particularly in Second Life™. Over the last 18 months two pilot studies have been conducted into the efficacy of Second Life™ as a learning environment with teacher education students at the author's institution. These studies were shared research between an expert user of this particular virtual environment and an academic who was 'old' in teaching, but who was a novice in terms of using virtual worlds and who had only just been introduced to Second Life™. This paper discusses the experience of the novice user as she became familiar enough with Second Life™ to teach there and provides a commentary on the journey undertaken. It explores some of the instrumental areas for consideration if higher education institutions wish to explore the possibility of academics transforming their teaching and learning environments and routinely using Second Life™ within their repertoire of e-teaching.
Publication Type: Conference Publication
Conference Name: 27th Annual Ascilite Conference, Sydney, Australia, 5th - 8th December, 2010
Conference Details: 27th Annual Ascilite Conference, Sydney, Australia, 5th - 8th December, 2010
Source of Publication: Curriculum, technology & transformation for an unknown future: Ascilite 2010 Conference Proceedings, p. 590-594
Publisher: University of Queensland
Place of Publication: Brisbane, Australia
ISSN: 9781742720166
Field of Research (FOR): 130306 Educational Technology and Computing
Socio-Economic Outcome Codes: 930203 Teaching and Instruction Technologies
HERDC Category Description: E2 Non-Refereed Scholarly Conference Publication
Other Links: http://www.ascilite.org.au/conferences/sydney10/procs/Masters-poster.pdf
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