Second Life and us

We're really excited! We have just been notified that we have been awarded a free land grant in Second Life to set up our own university health education centre. The grant runs until next July, and we have molto-Linden Dollars to spend on the installation.

You can read all about it on the blog the team has set up, and follow our progress over the next year as we investigate how we can use SL to provide 3D virtual learning opportunities. The programme we will be creating and delivering relates to sexual health, and my co-investigators are Maged Boulos (here in the Health and Social Work Faculty of the University of Plymouth) and Susan Toth-Cohen, who is based in Jefferson College of Health Professions, Thomas Jefferson University, USA. Hope you can join us - see you in Second Life!

Comments

David said…
G'day Steve,

Congratulations.

I look forward to hearing about your experience and the approach you take.

As it happens, I'm part of a collaboration between USQ and CQU that has just been awarded a Carrick Institute grant to investigate the application 3D Web environments in university learning and teaching. The original proposal is online.

An interesting point of departure is that we won't be using Second Life. A large part of our team are 3D experts.

It will be interesting to see how this difference plays out.

David.
TeacherJay said…
Steve,

I will also be very interested in seeing how you use SL for education. I have read some about this, but just don't understand the buzz. What is the real advantage of using such a resource-heavy application such as Second Life as opposed to something like BlackBoard, Moodle or a social site?

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