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Teaching & Learning in Massively Multiplayer Virtual Worlds: Second Life Adventures in Learning

Time 12/05/06 08:45AM-10:00AM

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Session Abstract

In this session, the presenters will demonstrate Second Life (SL), a massively multiplayer virtual world (MMVW) created by users and simultaneously experienced via the Internet by thousands of people around the world. In addition to exploring educational possibilities, the presenters will also describe experiences that integrate MMVWs into teaching and learning. The presenters will share three projects that focus on the use of SL to foster communication and interaction, and to facilitate cooperative learning. The presenters will describe their use of SL in education, including their experiences with constructing and using a MMVW in healthcare training, teacher training, and a public library community project. Included will be a review of interactive project-based learning strategies and the process of using SL to support cooperative learning. The session will also explore future uses and research questions for using SL in education and training. The presenters? project builds on a partnership between KU Medical Center, The Teachers College at Emporia State University, a K12 LEA, and the Topeka Shawnee County Public Library. The project supports community engagement with youth in which high school book club members create and share SL resources, based on Ray Bradbury?s Fahrenheit 451. Antonacci, D., Modaress, N. (2005). Second Life: The educational possibilities of massively multiplayer virtual worlds (MMVW), EDUCAUSE Western Regional Conference, April 26, 2005, San Francisco, CA. http://www2.kumc.edu/netlearning/SLEDUCAUSESW2005/SLPresentationOutline.htm Childress, M. & Braswell, R. (2006). Using massively multiplayer online role-playing games for online learning. Distance Education, 27(2), 187-196.


Speaker David Antonacci University of Kansas Medical Center

Speaker Jean Gardner Topeka Shawnee County Public Library

Speaker Marcus Childress Emporia State University

Speaker Randy Stout Kansas Board of Regents

Secondary tracks Teaching and Learning, K20 Teaching and Learning, K20 Teaching and Learning, K20

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