[SLED] not powerpoint again, was Re: teaching and learning in second life...my aha moment

Patricia F Anderson patriciafanderson at gmail.com
Sat Apr 4 10:45:16 PDT 2009

Yep, Cathy, you got it in one. :) Don't rely on any one tool, and
don't exclude any as having potential at some point. Mixing them
together is even better for creating richer educational opportunities
to reach a diverse audience. Bravo, and well said.

Jeremy, yes, we do here have trouble selling the idea of SL to
administrators in general and many students. We have a devoted core,
but we end up having biannual meetings on how are we going to persuade
others of the value. We try a lot of different things, and for some
administrators have found the "professional presentations in SL" to be
the most persuasive. If that is what it takes for them to get it, well
then, that is where we will start.

I'm just saying don't throw the baby out with the bathwater. I
wouldn't want to see either immersive or slideshows depended on
exclusively. Or any other one tool, for that matter. I am far too
aware of the hammer/nail problem ("if I have a hammer, everything
looks like a nail").

I push the immersive builds also, but find them to be something that
certain segments of my target audience really don't get, and refuse to
struggle to understand. They find them more entertaining rather than
engaging or educational. Others *DO* get it. I also work with
communities with disabilities, so am always pushing the concept of
providing content in a wide variety of ways. So, I will use whatever
tool I have if it works for the audience I am trying to reach.
Different strokes for different folks.

 - Patricia / Lexi

On Sat, Apr 4, 2009 at 12:13 PM, Cathy Anderson <cathywyo1 at yahoo.com> wrote:
> I first entered SL on August 1, 2008 and wandered around and kind of felt like "what's the point.." by necessity I returned in January.  I then toured as many educational sites as I could then participated in a writing group at The Learning Experience..that was when I could really see the potential..a group of diverse people coming together to exchange and critique what they had written..it was wonderful!
> PPTs can be embedded learning objects that can add to the learning..but they shouldn't be the only "tool in the drawer."  If students participate in a classroom environment that only uses PPTs they too may wonder "what's the point..." and the sad thing is we are not using SL or seeing its full potential.
> I have attended some sessions at conferences in which we toured sites, observed demonstrations, and participated in discussions that pushed the limits of SL..in fact discussions that were richer than real life conferences ..if you could keep up with the texts/chat.
> I think we are all savvy enough to recognize that some methods of delivering course content in order to meet learning ojbectives are best delivered using one delivery method but  not the other.  The key is that we are able to consistently evaluate the effectiveness of what we are doing and make adjustments if necessary.
> Cathy
Patricia Anderson / SL: Perplexity Peccable
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