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Researching Second Life
Thursday 7th February 2007
London Knowledge Lab
Noon – 4:15 pm
Convened by the project team (Learning from Online Worlds; Teaching in Second Life).
This event is supported by the Eduserv Foundation

Researching Second Life is a half-day seminar RL discussion on topics relating to the researching of ‘learning, teaching and culture’ in Second Life. To allow for discussion, participant numbers will be limited. The event begins with an update of our Eduserv funded project, ‘Learning from Online Worlds; Teaching in Second Life’. The rest of the afternoon will be for discussion.

In order to generate discussion, some participants have kindly contributed short ‘position statements’ in response to any one of the day’s key themes, and these are available to read here.

The four key themes are:

– Defining Second Life: How should SL be defined? What are the disciplinary, conceptual and methodological ramifications of this definition?

– Defining learning in the context of SL research. How do we know learning when we see it? Does learning only count when we can measure it? Is there life beyond ‘assessment-based’ models of learning?

– Second Life Literature reviewing: Is the attention directed at SL resulting in the emergence of a compelling body of research literature? What previous research/fields do SL researchers ignore at their peril?

– Research ethics or ‘ethics’ ethics? Ethics in relation to: privacy, teaching, research practice and priorities, documentation, observation, methodology, culture, policy – and Second Life.

Presentation 12.00
Lunch 1.00
Theme 1. 1:45 – 2:15
Theme 2. 2:15 – 2:45
Coffee 2:45 – 3:00
Theme 3. 3:00 – 3:30
Theme 4. 3:30 – 4:00
Conclusion 4:00 – 4:15