Not accessible... But ours

Jeremy Kemp jkemp at
Wed Mar 15 16:44:04 PST 2006

Hello Eloise,

"SL gives you accessibility"?! This is a substantial issue for SL as a
learning tool -- it is quite inaccessible, don't you think?

I'm no Luddite, but getting the app loaded and running - and continuing to
run - was a daunting task for me, requiring:

o) an update to high-end video card
o) a sizable weekly revision download
o) a two-handed, multi-functionkey interface
o) curbing firewalls who bark at non-Web packets
o) learning the concept of a "prim" and a "script"
o) finding someone to help me do production
o) auto returns that bust up my constructions

So accessibility is the WORST part of the whole experience from my

But I'm hooked as an instructional developer BECAUSE...

This is a "Web 2.0" app where the content bubbles up from the users and not
down from the company. That's key for building a viable 3D learning tool -
we're not stuck in a narrative.

Web 1.0  	   	-->	Web 2.0
DoubleClick 		--> 	Google AdSense
Ofoto 			--> 	Flickr 		--> 	Napster
Britannica Online 	--> 	Wikipedia
personal websites 	--> 	blogging
publishing 		--> 	participation
directories (taxonomy)	--> 	tagging ("folksonomy")
Unreal/WOW/Everquest	--> 	Second Life



-----Original Message-----
From: educators-bounces at
[mailto:educators-bounces at] On Behalf Of Eloise Pasteur
Sent: Wednesday, March 15, 2006 2:07 PM
To: Educators interested in using Second Life as a teaching platform.
Subject: Re: ebay University?

I like the principle and the concept, but I'd like to share some  
thoughts, but first a bit of background.

I teach IRL, in SL, and I've also written a couple of e-Learning  
packages for moderately large (30 contact hours) courses as well as  
some e-Learning resources for specific lessons or points.. I've also  
taken some e-Learning courses. Oh, and because it's relevant my  
academic background is an a biologist - so I've got chunks of hands  
on experimental work in my academic life, although I teach a mix of  
more academic and more practical subjects.

In my opinion SL isn't a "best of both" - it's a jack of all trades.  
That said it can avoid the *worst* of both successfully, which is no  
mean feat. I know the original mail didn't specify SL as the location  
but it is the one we all know, so why not consider it?

SL gives you accessibility, an international accessibility and to a  
large extent forces you away from a lecturing style (which might be a  
personal preference, but it is mine). It gives you the flexibility of  
a teacher there (at least for some of it) so there is personally  
directed and relevant personal touch which is often absent from e- 
Learning. There are, however, still things I'd not trust to teaching  
SL. Aseptic technique? Histology? They're skills that require a  
physical development (psychomotor skills if you'd rather the correct  
jargon) - so it won't do for everything.

There are other things that I wouldn't choose to learn through e- 
Learning - acting for example, so it won't replace everything.

All those things aside - I'll sign up!


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