A number of universities have leveraged the potential of Second Life as an online education venue. State University of New York – New Paltz is just one of those institutions of higher learning with both virtual and physical locations.
Educators are finding other places across SL to develop resources, find tools, meet colleagues from around the globe, and even have classes inworld. One intrepid educator is Nana Chingseng of SUNY-New Paltz. As part of a graduate level course, her students attend classes in the =IcaruS= Parthenon Gallery building in Second Life, to have a normal discussion in a 3D virtual setting and ultimately carry out an inworld project. They met for the first time last week, and while there were the usual first-entry glitches, the class itself went marvelously and the students appeared to enjoy this virtual learning venue.
iSkye sat in on the first sessions to help if needed. The choices of avatars by the students were widely varied, from a flying boat to humans to canines. There is no limit to one’s creativity in Second Life except one’s knowledge, which is easily remedied with the availability of mentors and in-world classes – all freely available.
We’re pleased to do our small part by making available a venue for educators and students to take advantage of the possibilities and applications of a 3D virtual world for online learning.
At =IcaruS= we have some very useful tools for educators; we’ve listed a few of them below. Consider visiting our inworld shop for a ‘close up’ look, or you can find them (TRANSFER or COPY version available) on the Second Life Marketplace at the links below.
- =IcaruS= CyberSlide
- Slideshow/presentation modes
- Owner only control/anyone can advance slides
- Each slide can also give items – notecards or objects
- =I= NetConnect Low Prim
- Show Your Social Media Connections in SL
- Pre-sets and ability to create custom social buttons
- Be Connected Across the Metaverse
- =IcaruS= SmartArt / SmartArt Lite
- Customisable transitions
- Easy to configure
- Use for display of information or art
- Three different frame styles