Real Learning in a Virtual World: A Case Study of the School of Information Studies’ Learning Centre in Second Life / Lyn Hay and Bob Pymm

Hay, Lyn and Pymm, Bob (2011) Real Learning in a Virtual World: A Case Study of the School of Information Studies’ Learning Centre in Second Life / Lyn Hay and Bob Pymm. In: Proceedings of the Asia-Pacific Conference On Library & Information Education & Practice 2011 (A-LIEP2011), 22-24 June 2011, Putrajaya, Malaysia.

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Abstract

Following a review of the online delivery of distance education programs within the School of Information Studies (SIS) program at Charles Sturt University, a team of academics worked with an external consultant to design a purpose built SIS Learning Centre in Second Life (SL), a 3D virtual world environment in which people (via their avatars) may act as if in the ‗real‘ world. This paper discusses the design and implementation of a variety of teaching and learning activities in this virtual world environment, examining both student and faculty experiences throughout the teaching sessions, and exploring the affordances provided by the 3D virtual world of Second Life. Findings suggest that most students see this approach as providing a valuable opportunity to interact with each other and with faculty. For academics, the benefits provided by Second Life are acknowledged but the time commitment required to establish and manage the class in this virtual world need to be considered when adopting this approach.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Creators:
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Hay, LynUNSPECIFIED
Pymm, BobUNSPECIFIED
Subjects: Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources (General) > Library Science. Information Science
Divisions: Faculty of Information Management
Perpustakaan Tun Abdul Razak
Event Title: Proceedings of the Asia-Pacific Conference On Library & Information Education & Practice 2011 (A-LIEP2011)
Event Dates: 22-24 June 2011
Page Range: pp. 157-168
Item ID: 3495
Uncontrolled Keywords: LIS education; Second Life, Virtual Worlds; E-Learning; Distance Education; Education Programs
Last Modified: 20 Jun 2019 03:12
Depositing User: Staf Pendigitalan 1
URI: http://ir.uitm.edu.my/id/eprint/3495

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