ERIC Number: EJ787643
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
The Homeless Professor in Second Life
Pence, Harry E.
Journal of Educational Technology Systems, v36 n2 p171-177 2007-2008
The virtual online world called Second Life can be deceptive. It looks like a game, but the participants are not assigned goals. Indeed, it may be said that the goal of Second Life is to create one's own goals. As a result, the residents of Second Life choose to work in many different directions. Some choose to develop land; some try to earn money; some try to learn how to create objects; and, frankly, some pursue a life of total hedonism. This article describes the experiences of one faculty member who decided to work toward two goals, learning more about teaching in a virtual space and having interesting conversations with the many talented and fascinating people who inhabit Second Life. In the absence of campus support, the author chose to accept the image of the homeless professor. These experiences provide a background for discussing teaching in a virtual world. Finally, this article will attempt a more general review of the advantages and disadvantages of education in Second Life.
Descriptors: College Faculty, Online Courses, Computer Uses in Education, Virtual Classrooms, Educational Technology, Teaching Methods, Educational Games, Internet
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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