e4student - November 26, 2007 @ 1:22 am
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This podcast poses the question of whether or not Second Life is an effective platform for both teaching and learning.
November 26, 2007
@ 5:03 pm
Nice work on this podcast. You clearly lay out the question and address the concerns on both sides. The challenge for you is going to be taking the argument one step further. There are many experiments in education in Second Life that demonstrate both the downsides and the upsides that you highlight. These provide good evidence for your position that education in SL is valuable (though perhaps still substantially flawed). There are two ways you can go from here in your argument. (Probably more than 2, but 2 that come to my mind.) First, you can propose changes to the technology or the virtual world teaching strategy that will improve the teaching and/or learning experience or lessen the downsides. Second, you can tackle the bigger question of how we move from the proof-of-concept stage, which classes like ours exemplify, to a more widespread adoption of virtual worlds in education. In this case you’ll have to consider a broader range of stakeholders — those who will have to significantly change what they are doing now in order to incorporate virtual world education into curriculum.