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International Journal of Virtual and Personal Learning Environments

April 2010 Volume 1, Number 2

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Number of articles: 5

  1. Communication and Education in a Virtual World: Avatar-Mediated Teaching and Learning in Second Life

    Lorri Mon, Florida State University, United States

    Education within Second Life frequently recapitulates the “sage on the stage” as students sit their avatars down in chairs in the virtual world and listen to or read an instructor’s lecture while... More

    pp. 1-15

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  2. Second Life as a Surrogate for Experiential Learning

    Michael DeMers, New Mexico State University, United States

    Second Life is increasingly being used as a venue for education, especially for delivery of online instruction where social presence and community building are essential components. Despite its... More

    pp. 16-30

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  3. Mechanics Simulations in Second Life

    Kelly Black, Clarkson University, United States

    This paper examines the use of the 3-D virtual world Second Life to explore basic mechanics in physics. In Second Life, students can create scripts that take advantage of a virtual physics engine... More

    pp. 31-44

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  4. Development of an Interactive Virtual 3-D Model of the Human Testis Using the Second Life Platform

    Douglas Danforth, Ohio State University, United States

    One of the strengths of a virtual environment is the ability to immerse the occupant into an environment that would otherwise be impossible. The primary focus of the author’s project in Second Life... More

    pp. 45-58

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  5. Virtual Speed Mentoring in the Workplace - Current Approaches to Personal Informal Learning in the Workplace: A Case Study

    Kristen Langlois & Henry Watson, IBM Canada Ltd., Canada; Chuck Hamilton, IBM Center for Advanced Learning IBM, Canada

    Informal learning is the biggest undiscovered treasure in today’s workplace. Marcia Conner, author and often-cited voice for workplace learning, suggests that “Informal learning accounts for over... More

    pp. 59-66

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