Other articles are posted under categories on this blog (‘teaching, learning and virtual worlds’, for example)
Updates, Feb 2009 – More journal articles are becoming available, as are entire special issues on virtual worlds and learning. These include ALT-J 16(3), a Special Issue titled Learning and Teaching in Immersive Virtual Worlds (IVWs), edited by Maggi Savin Baden and Robert Ward (January 09), a forthcoming British Journal and Education and Technology, Special issue, ‘Out of This World: 3-D MUVEs in Higher Education’ 40 (3) due in April – and, later in 2009, an interesting sounding special issue from the London Review of Education on Being online: a critical view of identity and subjectivity in new virtual learning spaces’.
An overview of UK Higher Education activities in Second Life by John Kirriemuir (www.silversprite.com) and the Eduserv Foundation.
Useful in terms of an introduction to SL and SL research, whatever your discipline: ‘Coming of Age in Second Life: An Anthropologist Explores the Virtually Human’. Tom Boellstorff. Princeton University Press 2008 (released just as our project finished!)
A useful looking set of tips for starting out in Second Life from the SJSU wiki, including guides to downloading SL, getting through Orientation Island and preference settings.
A list of education places and resources in SL is here http://secondlife.iste.wikispaces.net/page/code/SLtours
Learning to Research in Second Life: 3D MUVEs as meta-research fields (online here) a report about using SL to teach/practice ethnography written by Fragoso, Fischer, da Silva, Freitas, Land, Loesch, Trindade, Mariani, and Delanhesi at the Universidade do Vale do Rio do Sinos, Unisinos, Brazil – published in the International Journal of Education and Development using ICT vol.4 no 2, 2008.
The Second Life Community Convention 2007 Education Track Proceedings are online, follow this link.
Learning in Immersive Worlds: A review of game-based learning, a JISC report by Sara de Freitas is online here.
This wiki on Second Life Creativity has material about new users, residents, SL archetypes and more – it’s linked to this blog of the same name by Henrik Bennetsen at Stanford University (Humanities Lab). Also, the Life Squared and The Presence Project work is presented here.
YouTube Second Life machinima listings, includes many tutorials…
The Journal of Virtual Worlds Research is online here. One of their papers: Herold, D.K (2009) ‘Teaching Media Studies in Second Life’. Journal of Virtual Worlds Research Vol 2 No 1 April 09.
A list of Second Life forums by Aimee Weber is online here.
An introductory article with instructions for finding sandboxes, or identifying furries, by Wagner James Au, online at kotaku.
An excellent place for the curious beginner to start is edumuve.com (administered by Jeff Hiles) which has a coherent, succinct and illustrated list of educational places in Second Life.
This document by Dr Megan S.Conklin, ‘101 Uses for Second Life in the College Classroom’, mentions research ethics and student’s experiences.
Aleks Krotoski’s Social Sims blog has articles, links and resources on social worlds and Second Life.
Terra Nova, the big, interdisciplinary blog of virtual world research.
Synthetic Worlds: The Business and Culture of Online Games, Edward Castronova, 2005, University of Chicago Press (This reference applies to SL as well as WoW)
Digital Games Research Association – Their website has a digital library of materials from the DiGRA International conferences of 2003 and 2005.
New World Notes: Wagner James Au reports first-hand from Second Life. NWN features reports on social and cultural life, events and businesses within SL.
Proceedings of the Second Life Education Workshop at the Second Life Community Convention, San Francisco, August 20th 2006. Edited by Daniel Livingston and Jeremy Kemp.
The Second Life Education Wiki – ‘A virtual worlds resource for educators and academics’
New user guides to Second Life that I’ve found useful include this one, Gwyn’s Beginners Guide to Second Life, by Gwyneth Llewelyn (learn about land, skins, shapes, textures, etc.) and this one at ArianeB’s Second Life page. There are also lots of building and creation tutorials here at Natalia Zelmanov’s Second Life Diary.
The Second Life Herald – ‘Always Fairly Unbalanced’ can be read here.
Once inside Second Life, information on education and learning is easy to find. Scattered around Help Island, Orientation Island and the Welcome Areas, is a poster asking you if you are ‘Looking For Real Life Education Places in Second Life?’. There is also a poster that you can click for the latest issue of The SLED Picayune, a newsletter promising ‘News, Events, Ideas, People, Places and More’ on education, training, libraries and museums in Second Life.
The wiki for the Second Life Best Practices in Education: Teaching/Learning/Research Interanational Conference, 25 May 2007 is online here.
on June 4, 2007
Top 10 reasons to use SL
Forwarded by Ed Lamoureux. Original post by Chris Swaine May 07
This is a useful review of various issues (from access, to assessment, the various pros and cons). The author is positive about SL and education, yet admits “I would very much doubt there is much robust [robust = key word] evidence yet that virtual worlds DO support learner retention, achievement or attainment. However, I also have no doubt that it is only a matter of time before that starts to filter through”.
Lots of links and educator’s resources and e-learning literature here at Puritan’s Guide to Second Life, Dembe Wellman’s blog.
And there’s this – http://www.secondliferesearch.blogspot.com/
And here’s a list of Second Life and education mailing lists (thanks Natasha).