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1 Informal Adult Learning in Second Life Robin Ashford and Scot Headley: George Fox University

2 Overview Many formal learning opportunities exist in Second Life Informal learning (professional and personal) opportunities are vast Be aware Be prepared Be involved









11 George Fox University Skydeck – Librarian’s office building, information resources, scripted objects, educational display, video, PPT, teleporter – home base for many


13 Welcome to students, course participants and our global education community Stop by & visit anytime:

14 Librarian’s front office – Course specific information objects, scripted computers, tools

15 “Intro to Second Life for Educators” Graduate level one credit hour edtech course offered to students and faculty from School of Education Course Purpose The purpose of the course is to acquaint participants with Second Life (SL), a 3D virtual environment. Our intent is to discover the functions, processes & relationships that exist, as well as the potential of virtual worlds (VWs) for educators and education. Course Objectives To learn how to survive as a resident in SL To become familiar with resources for educational use in SL Experience community life within SL

16 First class: meet & greet-reinforcing basic skills from orientation

17 Importance of avatar customization – Identity, comfort level, social presence

18 Abyss Museum of Ocean Science: Early intro to interactivity, immersion, presence

19 Learning the value of community and joining groups - ISTE Island

20 Immersive Educational Builds in SL UCDavis Virtual HallucinationsGenome Island Cell Biology OSU Testis Tour

21 Dr Doug Danforth - Creating resources for medical students and sharing with the world

22 Students/faculty interview Dr. Doug after taking OSU Testis Tour during week

23 University of Sheffield faculty/senior lecturer, Sheila Webber (SL Sheila Yoshikawa), takes class on tour of her Infolit iSchool Island using tour chairs tool

24 Enjoying informal discussion with Sheila and students

25 Creator/founder of International Schools Island (ISI), Chris Smith (SL Shamblesguru Voom), shares from Thailand on his work with educators & educational tools in SL

26 HealthInfo Island with Carol Perryman-tour of nonprofits in SL

27 Monash University Chinese Tea House-interactive objects, language/culture learning

28 Language and Chinese culture learning-Monash University tour with Xilin ( 西林 ) – Vegetable garden tour-touch items for audio of name in Chinese language

29 Montclair State University Theorists Project tour with AJ Kelton (aka SL AJ Brooks)

30 Ready to Learn – How to make a new shirt

31 Everyone eager and ready for learning activity-confidence building and fun

32 Student takes the lead demonstrating and teaching building skills to class

33 Our Journey 5900/show/

34 Attending education roundtable discussions, presenting on Infolit iSchool Island, collaborating with Spinoza builder, attending ALA conference from inworld--opportunities for collaboration & informal learning in SL abound

35 Friends Meeting House


37 Cedar Island




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