Second life and flexibility in learning

Those who have looked at my midwifery blog will know that I have had an interest in second life and have been considering the educational potential of this virtual world for students. When we have students who are at a distance from one another I think second life could be useful for collaboration and establishing a sense of community. It does require a good internet connection however and also a good quality computer. I was perusing the internet today and found a conference presentation delivered by Sarah Robbins “Intellagirl”. this presentation gives a great overview of second life as an educational tool. She also describes the characteristics of the average student population and how this is evolving. It is a worthwhile view when considering flexible course delivery and presents some excellent arguments about why learners need flexibility in courses. Click on the view presentation on the page linked to conference presentation. When I played this video it stalled half way through, I managed to fix this by fast forwarding a couple of times and it started to play again. It is wise to stop the video from playing and allowing the whole thing to load before trying to play it. This will allow it to play without stopping and starting, which can be annoying.

Another very interesting aspect of this presentation is the Medialandscape player which is the software application through which it is delivered. This plays the video and also presents the slide show alongside. I am hugely impressed with this tool and would love to learn more about it.


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  1. Thanks for the insight into a very useful tool carolyn. As one of the voyeurs in one of Carolyn’s session in second life, I have to say I was impressed with the ability of the medium to bring people together from around the world.

    If you like fancy dress, you might also like the idea of taking on another persona in the form of an avatar. It is kinda rejuvenating and freeing to let the hair down so to speak and try a new image. Who said TV makeovers were the only solution to encroaching middle age.

    I will view the presentation to see if I can get further enlightenment about the educational benefits.

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