[SLED] Come on

Josh Garrett jgarrett at iversity.net
Fri Jul 13 16:53:17 PDT 2007


This is GREAT! Thank you everyone who is commenting on this subject, it
really is so very important to discuss these types of issues, great replies!
 
This is exactly what I was hoping to hear, and everyone is making very valid
points, thanks again everyone!
 
Josh Garrett
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From: Veritas Variscan [mailto:veritasvariscan at gmail.com] 
Sent: Friday, July 13, 2007 6:25 PM
To: SL Educators
Subject: Re: [SLED] Come on
 
Wow, this opens up so many lines of discussion...and I look forwarfd to
hearing what people on SLED have to say - .for now, I will weigh with my two
cents...
 
OK, there are plenty of people teaching in SL.  However, they are teaching
many different things, from SL building skills to literature, economics,
educational technology.  And the types of teaching (and ways of learning)
vary widely.  Some classes are done solely through a lecture and the
transmission of notecards from instructor to students; additionally, some
instructors add voice to this type of class.  Then there are builds: witness
some what Desideria Stockton is doing over at Literature Alive builds, in
which students are asked to engage with the text via representations created
within SL, and that can be combined with a set of tasks that are designed to
create a learning experience that can also be assessed by both teacher and
student.  There are displays in SL that act as games, which can also test a
student's knowledge.  Some SL classes involve students in building: an
example is the Virtual Morocco project, in which Johson & Wales students
went to Morrocco and then came back to the US to rebuild Casablanca in SL.
GlobalKids Bixby has created some compelling ways for kids to learn.  I'd
urge you to take a closer look at what they are doing by visiting
<http://holymeatballs.org/> http://holymeatballs.org/ .  Other teachers
facilitate building by supervising students while they build.  There are
classes every day where anyone in SL can come in a be taught to build a
table or fan, a decorative object, or how to make clothing for their avatar.

 
But there are just so many ways to 'learn' in SL...I think that one
particular 'way of being' cannot be nailed down.  To do so would limit SL's
possibilities.  It is also important to recognize multiple learning styles.
What one might consider too 'busy' might engage another learner.   SL is
evolving, and so is education within SL.   There are researchers in SL and
they have a Google Groups list, too.  It would probably be good to get
active on that list in order to find out what other people have been able to
measure up to this point.   
 
I think we're going to see many different types of educational offerings as
this platform grows, and that real research will make inroads into SL over
time.
 
 
On 7/13/07, Josh Garrett <jgarrett at iversity.net> wrote: 
OK, is anyone implementing a real-time and historical data collection system
to analyze and make public actual results of second life education? There 
are a whole lot of naysayers out there, this seems pretty important to put
the issues/statements of "does this really work", "isn't this just a game",
"virtual education isn't real", "second life distracts students from REAL 
learning".
 
 
Veritas Variscan (SL)

"Everything you can imagine is real." - Pablo Picasso 
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