Virtual Reality in Education Scott Baine
What is virtual reality? • computer-generated environment • gives a sense of being there • compels user interaction • each user interacts using an avatar
What is Second Life? • most popular VR in education sector • developed by Linden Lab • secondlife.com • video
What Second Life Offers • self-paced tutorials • historical reenactments • second language acquisition • immersive archaeology • cultural immersion
Potential Uses of Virtual Realities in education • Have acknowledged potential • More and more use • Student experience positive even with avatar issues
Study Abroad in Second Life • SL does have limitations • Does not replace visit • More effective preparation than on traditional American campus • Most risk are eliminated
Getting Started in Second Life • Second Life: • http://static-secondlife-com.s3.amazonaws.com/downloads/Second_Life_Quickstart.pdf • SL Knowledge Base: • http://community.secondlife.com/t5/English-Knowledge-Base/tkb-p/English_KB%40tkb • Graham Stanley: • http://www.ict4lt.org/en/Euro08PCWSL.doc • VR and Games in Education Wiki • http://wiki.jokaydia.com/?title=Main_Page • Real World Map of Places in SL • http://www.nbhorizons.com/world.htm
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