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Teaching and Learning in Second Life

, , Monash University, Australia

EdMedia + Innovate Learning, in Lisbon, Portugal ISBN 978-1-880094-89-1 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC


In this best practices paper, the authors share their learnings from two years of delivering a final year undergraduate subject, Digital Selves, entirely in the virtual world, Second Life. The session will focus on two of the key aspects of running successful inworld classes: ensuring that students are proficient and confident residents of Second Life; and planning and managing engaging inworld classes. One of the biggest points of resistance to teaching and learning in virtual worlds is the perception that it is difficult, highly technical and involves a long and steep learning curve. The authors will present a model Proficiency Exercise that helps students to quickly become comfortable in their new environment and their new 'skin.' This will be followed by an discussion of inworld teaching and learning strategies designed to maximise student engagement and satisfaction.


Collins, F. & McCormick, D. (2011). Teaching and Learning in Second Life. In T. Bastiaens & M. Ebner (Eds.), Proceedings of ED-MEDIA 2011--World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications (p. 3412). Lisbon, Portugal: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved October 18, 2019 from .