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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


Second life in education1
Second Life in Education

Rodan Rodenberger


Rhonda BergerCT&D

Jellie Lane


Janelle FernandezVirtual College

What is second life
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
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

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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
Let’s take a tour….

  • Educational Use Video

  • Ohio State University YouTube

English class
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
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”

Nursing medicine

  • 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.

Psychology sociology

  • UC Davies – Schizophrenia

  • Koolaid people - Creating Community/Exploring diversity

  • Utopian Society

  • Body Image

  • Ethnic/Gender Studies

Art humanities
ART & Humanities

  • 3D Modeling

  • Galleries

  • Contests

  • The Louvre

SL Art Gallery List


  • Social Gatherings

  • Parties

  • Dance Clubs

Virtual concerts
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
Second Life Resource Site

Miami dade college island
Miami Dade College Island

  • Foundation Grant

  • Class Meeting Rooms

  • Training

  • Demonstration