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ERIC Number: EJ842353
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 7
ISSN: ISSN-1552-3233
Student Perceptions of a Course Taught in Second Life
Cheal, Catheryn
Innovate: Journal of Online Education, v5 n5 Jun-Jul 2009
Catheryn Cheal describes student reactions to a course she and Vagner Whitehead taught in Second Life. The course required students to research a topic about virtual worlds, write a paper, and illustrate their findings by building an environment in Second Life. Negative student responses to the course coupled with the observation that students tended to dismiss work in Second Life as "play" led Cheal to consider why and how student perceptions influence learning in virtual worlds. Cheal discusses how Second Life's resemblance to a game may shape student perceptions and explores how the course could be better designed to help students see the educational value of Second Life. (Contains 6 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: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Michigan