The Open UniversitySkip to content

deep|think: A Second Life environment for part-time research students at a distance

Rapanotti, Lucia; Barroca, Leonor; Vargas-Vera, Maria and Reeves, Ahmad (2010). deep|think: A Second Life environment for part-time research students at a distance. In: ICALT 2010: The 10th IEEE International Conference on Advanced Learning, Technologies, 1-5 July 2010, Santander, Cantabria, Spain.

Full text available as:
PDF (Accepted Manuscript) - Requires a PDF viewer such as GSview, Xpdf or Adobe Acrobat Reader
Download (138Kb)
Google Scholar: Look up in Google Scholar


This paper reports on the design of a Second Life campus for a new innovative post-graduate research programme at the Open University, UK, a world leader in supported distance higher education. The programme, launched in October 2009, is a part- time Master of Philosophy (MPhil) to be delivered at a distance, supported by a blend of synchronous and asynchronous Internet technologies. This paper briefly discusses the pedagogical thinking behind the Second Life campus, and the way the implementation was designed to meet the pedagogy. The paper also reports on the outcome of an early evaluation we have conducted.

Item Type: Conference Item
Copyright Holders: 2010 The Authors
Keywords: Second Life; research degree; distance learning;
Academic Unit/Department: Mathematics, Computing and Technology > Computing & Communications
Mathematics, Computing and Technology
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Research in Computing (CRC)
Item ID: 21641
Depositing User: Leonor Barroca
Date Deposited: 12 Jul 2010 15:31
Last Modified: 17 Jan 2016 12:53
Share this page:

Actions (login may be required)

Policies | Disclaimer

© The Open University   + 44 (0)870 333 4340