31 July 2007

Second Life Working Group @ Derby Uni

Earlier in the week I met with our Second Life working group at University of Derby. Our aim is to look at how we can utilise the platform to improve the learning experience of our students, both distance learners and campus-based. The group formed after myself and John Sear (Games Development) presented to around 50 University of Derby staff who had expressed an interest in finding out more about SL. We now have more of a direction and some clear objectives about how we will be moving forward with the platform as a virtual learning environment.

With the final build completed of the teaching and research facility (SL-Labs) the empthasis has now shifted to looking in more detail at the available eduactional tools to further enhance the teaching project. We already have excellent support from the people at Education UK and over the next few weeks will be expanding our inventory of tools to enable students to Blog from inside SL and to email out from SL and to message into SL. These technologies are furtherimproving the functionality of SL as an educational tool and it is becoming universally acknowledged as THE state of the art teaching tool. Derby looks forward to playing its part in pushing forward these innovations within education and especially within Psychology in the UK. Exciting times indeed for teaching and research in virtual environments.


  1. Looks interesting. Should be quite an experience doing a module entirely through Second Life itself.

    And I must say, your avatar looks very much like yourself. Well done ^_^

  2. Thanks Sean. I think that in some strange way I have come to resemble Milton. Perhaps someone could do a study on this. Reminds me of an old Talking Heads song. Regards, Simon

  3. I think that Second life causes more problems then solve, because people stop seeing difference between real life and virtual. I was paid money to write essay notes on the topic about the virtual addicted people.

  4. I’m impressed, I must say. Really rarely do I encounter a blog that’s both educative and entertaining, and let me tell you, you have hit the nail on the head. Your idea is outstanding; the issue is something that not enough people are speaking intelligently about. I am very happy that I stumbled across this in my search for something relating to this.



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