Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Second life: confusion

Alan Hudson is the senior lecture at London Metropolitan University he has been doing a lot of work lately with elearning and he has been doing a lot of teaching with second life.

My most significant take away from this video was that Alan has been having a problem with elearning because the students have to become familiar with the system of elearning before they can even begin learning. There isn't a very good way to learn about second life, the orientation is somewhat confusing and sometimes people don't even make it pass the orientation before giving up. There is a program that has exact replicas of some areas in London so people can familiarize themselves with London through that way of learning. They are working hard to find a way to make second life easier to navigate and I think that is great that individuals want to help others in that way.

I have never got a chance to use second life, it looks very interesting. People seem to really like this program, and think it's fun. I think it can be used in a way that can be good and educational.

I think I would use Second Life in my classroom, as long as I could teach it in an educational way. I think my students would get a lot from using second life, social skills, cognitive growth, problem solving skills etc. I think this video is great because it is people trying to find different solutions to make students and people learn second life easier and better. I really hope to have that kind of attitude with my classroom, to want to find a solution to make learning fun and easier.


  1. I wouldhave to agree with you Natalie. There was some confusion however I also believe that I would use Second Chance in my futer classroom...Great blog...

  2. I agree it's hard to see how SL can be used in the classroom today. Virtual worlds are going to just keep getting better, however, and I think it's good for us to have at least a basic awareness of them and their potentials.

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