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SECOND LIFE IN EDUCATION. Second Life in Education. Rodan Rodenberger aka Rhonda Berger CT&D. Jellie Lane aka Janelle Fernandez Virtual College. What is Second Life?. Second Life is a 3-D virtual world entirely created by its Residents.

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Second Life in Education

Rodan Rodenberger


Rhonda BergerCT&D

Jellie Lane


Janelle FernandezVirtual College

What is Second Life?

  • Second Life is a 3-D virtual world entirely created by its Residents.

  • Since opening to the public in 2003, it has grown explosively and today is inhabited by millions of residents from around the globe.

How is it used?

  • Social Interaction & Networking

  • Businesses (Both in SL and real life)

  • Government – NASA, NOAA

  • Entrepreneurial endeavors

  • Creative Arts (live music, etc.)

  • Education – List of schools

  • Prototyping

  • Role-playing

  • Buy & Sell objects like real life

Second Life in Education

  • Active Learning:

    • An ideal platform for engaging students in creating their own learning activities, experiences and environments, and not just be passive consumers of learning.

  • 3D virtual worlds can provide:

    • Opportunities for rich sensory immersive experiences.

    • Authentic contexts and activities for experiential learning, simulation and role-play.

Sample Institutions

Central Piedmont College

Princeton University

Let’s take a tour….

  • Educational Use Video

  • Ohio State University YouTube

English Class

  • English students at the University of Texas-Austin each picked a role model, created an avatar and assumed the role of the avatar for the activity. Among avatars: Malcolm X, Oprah, Mother Teresa, Bill Gates and Teddy Roosevelt. The students conducted conversations in the personae of their avatars.

Language/Cultural Learning

  • The 3D virtual world "Second Life" is full of places to practice a foreign language - you can speak with real people all over the world.

On the Avatar Languages web. You can click on a map to go directly to a country.


  • Thousands of residents are making part or all of their real life income from their Second Life Businesses.

    • Linden Dollars

  • Existing in-world companies also have Second Life presence

    • Cisco

    • IBM

    • MTV

    • Starwood Hotels

    • Sun Microsystems

      • Holds press conferences in their “Sun Pavilion”


  • NESIMOR is a 3-D simulator that uses the online virtual of Second Life to practice diagnosing and treating patients in a simulated emergency department environment. It is currently being used to instruct nursing students at Tacoma Community College.

  • Nursing Field Trip


  • NOAA

  • NASA

  • Genome Project

  • Video: Science Learning Opportunities

  • History of the Earth and Life on Earth: Students in Chris Impey’s astrobiology course at the University of Arizona contributed to his History of the Earth and Life on Earth exhibit.


  • UC Davies – Schizophrenia

  • Koolaid people - Creating Community/Exploring diversity

  • Utopian Society

  • Body Image

  • Ethnic/Gender Studies

ART & Humanities

  • 3D Modeling

  • Galleries

  • Contests

  • The Louvre

SL Art Gallery List


  • Social Gatherings

  • Parties

  • Dance Clubs

Virtual Concerts

SL Users have the best seats in the house to these concerts


  • Emergency Preparedness

  • Companies are combining the use of Second Life and the (Nintendo) WiiMote to train employees on things such as:

    • Inspecting a house for moisture and heat sources

    • Mixing chemicals and loading them onto a truck

    • Power Plant training

    • Driving simulations

      • Using products like Google Maps and Google Earth, simulation can represent actual streets on-screen, so that not every trainee in America has to drive down the "same mythical Maple Street”.

      • Training modules include those intersections and locations where there is a history of accidents.


  • SL provides online facilities for entire conferences to take place via the web

  • Conferences sometimes held on SL and simultaneously in a live facility

Second Life Resource Site

Miami Dade College Island

  • Foundation Grant

  • Class Meeting Rooms

  • Training

  • Demonstration



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