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O'Connor, Eileen A.; Domingo, Jelia – Journal of Educational Technology Systems, 2017
With the advent of open source virtual environments, the associated cost reductions, and the more flexible options, avatar-based virtual reality environments are within reach of educators. By using and repurposing readily available virtual environments, instructors can bring engaging, community-building, and immersive learning opportunities to…
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education, Simulated Environment, Computer Simulation
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O'Connor, Eileen A.; Sakshaug, Lynae E. – Journal of Educational Technology Systems, 2009
Second Life (SL) is a user-created virtual environment with possible merit for teaching and learning in higher education. In this article, two teacher educators reflect on their initial development in SL, considering the ways they worked within SL to meet their differing instructional needs and the ways they prepared students for these learning…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Virtual Classrooms, Teacher Educators, Teacher Education Programs
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Pence, Harry E. – Journal of Educational Technology Systems, 2007
Some have called the current generation of college students the Web generation. They are wrong! The pace of technology change continues to quicken. The effects of globalization and social networking have not yet had their full impact. At best, the present students represent a transitional group. The tools we use define us, and the media revolution…
Descriptors: Global Approach, Internet, College Students, Higher Education