Using Second Life to Teach Difficult Theoretical Concepts

Concurrent: Edina Renfro-Michel
Using Second Life to Teach Difficult Theoretical Concepts

Second Life and other virtual worlds are becoming more popular in education due to the nature of these immersive environments. Utilizing this emerging technology can be a powerful learning opportunity for students if these experiences are pedagogically driven. While discussing current research, this presentation will provide an example of a ground-breaking project, built by students and professors, called The Theorist Project, an interactive learning environment designed to teach counseling theories. Specific ways to integrate virtual worlds into a variety of educational environments will be discussed, as will the joys and challenges of utilizing virtual worlds for teaching and learning.

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