Using 3D Virtual Worlds: Engaging Learners and Providing Social Support
Facilitator: David Annand
Institution: Athabasca University
Date and time: Friday, February 15, 2008 at 18:00 GMT (see world clock)
Demonstrating how an avatar-based 3-D learning environment can more fully engage learners in their online educational experience Dr. David Annand, Gunnar Schwede and Mike Procter will showcase a prototype of a virtual Athabasca University campus developed in Second Life. This immersive experience promises to make services more readily accessible, facilitate formal collaboration within a self-paced learning environment, and provide an improved means to develop informal support networks among online students.
To gain a basic level of understanding of the environment, the presenters invite participants to preview resources that cover pedagogical options and practical applications available in Second Life (SL):