ERIC Number: EJ911546
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jan
Reference Count: 0
Collaborating Virtually: Using "Second Life" to Teach Collaboration
Leonard, Lynnette; Withers, Lesley A.; Sherblom, John C.
Communication Teacher, v25 n1 p42-47 Jan 2011
Multi-User Virtual Environment (MUVE), such as Second Life (SL), can serve as important pedagogical tools that provide students and faculty members with unique opportunities for online group collaboration. Specifically, MUVEs provide an experience that, due to the visual component offered by the technology, helps students feel more connection and copresence with collaborative partners. By gaining experience with group collaboration in a virtual environment, students also learn to express themselves more competently with the technology. Increasing students' comfort and skill levels with this technology in a class exercise is an important part of preparing them for a future in the 21st-century workforce. The purpose of this assignment is to gain experience with and to better understand group collaboration and course concepts through a process of experiential learning, reflection, and analysis. Specifically, students reflect upon and analyze their group interaction by applying course concepts to their SL group experiences. At the end of the assignment, students should demonstrate a better understanding of collaboration, computer-mediated communication, and other course concepts. A list of references and suggested readings is included.
Descriptors: Computer Simulation, Virtual Classrooms, Social Systems, Internet, Computer Mediated Communication, Instructional Materials, Cooperation, Group Dynamics, Experiential Learning, Learning Theories, Course Content, Reflection
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Authoring Institution: N/A