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ERIC Number: EJ840521
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jan
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 17
ISSN: ISSN-1552-3233
Using Second Life with Learning-Disabled Students in Higher Education
McKinney, Stephanie; Horspool, Agi; Willers, Renee; Safie, Omar; Richlin, Laurie
Innovate: Journal of Online Education, v5 n2 Dec 2008-Jan 2009
The educational potential of Second Life is still in the process of being developed and harnessed. According to Stephanie McKinney, Agi Horspool, Renee Willers, Omar Safie, and Laurie Richlin, an essential step in this development will be to figure out how to use Second Life to support learning-disabled (LD) students who face numerous challenges in traditional instruction in higher education. The interactive and multifaceted media available in Second Life could allow educators to become less dependent on traditional methods, such as reading, lecturing, and note taking, with which many LD students struggle. Innovative pedagogical uses of Second Life would benefit these students enormously, and there are numerous opportunities to use Second Life to offer an additional channel of support for them. However, these opportunities come with their own challenges, and thus, colleges and universities need to keep the specific needs of these students in mind when developing programs that implement Second Life. (Contains 3 figures and 3 exhibits.)
Fischler School of Education and Human Services. Nova Southeastern University, 1750 NE 167th Street, North Miami Beach, FL 33162. Tel: 800-986-3223; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Americans with Disabilities Act 1990