A slice of Second Life: academics, support staff and students navigating a changing landscape

Butler, Desmond A. & White, Janice (2008) A slice of Second Life: academics, support staff and students navigating a changing landscape. In ascilite 2008: 'Hello! Where are you in the landscape of educational technology?', 30 Nov-3 Dec 2008, Deakin University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

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Second Life is an on-line three dimensional virtual world which offers a dynamic educational technology landscape. The relationship between participants (real and virtual selves), and objects (both in terms of destinations and notions of capital/inventory) within this landscape, highlight the complex world(s) of an academy that, like the avatars that populate the virtual world, may continually transform to open up new possibilities. The communities, contexts and roles inherent to the experience are similarly integral to the professional development of academics and support staff.

Staff and students at the Queensland University of Technology are now utilising the Second Life virtual environment in a variety of contexts. Although these endeavours are in their early stages, a number of themes are emerging which are instructive for future usage of virtual worlds in educational contexts. This paper examines some of the educational models that three dimensional multi-user virtual environments offer, the contexts that they operate in, and the communities they generate in order to respond to the purposes and issues that arise. It also considers the return on investment of having a place in this landscape for individuals, innovators and institutions.

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ID Code: 18399
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: The contents of this proceeding can be freely accessed online via the organisers' web page (see hypertext link).
Keywords: Virtual worlds, Second Life, Communities of practice, Educational technology, HERN
ISBN: 978-0-9805927-1-9
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > EDUCATION SYSTEMS (130100) > Higher Education (130103)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Division of Technology, Information and Library Services
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Current > Research Centres > Law and Justice Research Centre
Current > Schools > School of Law
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2008 please consult the authors.
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Deposited On: 03 Mar 2009 03:46
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