Introducing Jass Easterman: my 'Second Life' learning space

Gregory, Sue and Tynan, Belinda (2009). Introducing Jass Easterman: my 'Second Life' learning space. In: ascilite 2009: Same places, different spaces, 6-9 Dec 2009, Auckland, New Zealand, pp. 377–386.



Virtual worlds are an emerging technology being used by an increasing number of educational institutions around the world. It is a technology, environment, medium, learning (or elearning) and teaching tool (ie a shared social space). A pilot study was conducted in 'Second Life' with postgraduate education students to ascertain student perceptions of learning in a virtual world. Results and methodology of this study will be discussed and the implications and impact for students learning in a virtual world from the perspective of the student will be explored. A number of themes have emerged from the study. There have been a variety of studies undertaken on virtual worlds with very little on their implications for the academic who is teaching in this environment. The implications of these findings will be the foundation for future research.

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