April 2016 has marked my first learning about Second Life. Second Life is very popular abroad and among educators. I am new to SL. Thanks to this MOOC I have learnt a lot about SL. Here is the presentation by the tutors which was released to present the course. I did most of the activities in my free time by watching the recorded sessions. First of all I had to enter the world of SL: I registered online and created my avatar. Later I could follow some webinars and learn about SL , virtual worlds, and education .
The programme is online : https://docs.google.com/document/d/1SHsoYS6KW2vQDRIq-nA16mTYlRYHlB3V_22WM4wWwTw/edit?usp=sharing
Before starting writing about this experience I wanted to check online about SL and I found some blogs and wikis about SL:
Reflecting online .......................
3rd April 2016 THE JOURNEY HAS STARTED
REFLECTING ON THE WEBINAR BY Nancy L. Zingrone, PhD
aka Maggie Larimore in SL
"HIGHER EDUCATION IN VIRTUAL WORLDS"
I could not be online when they started the SMOOC16 but the presentation by Nancie L.Zingrone was a " must see" so I checked online and I was able to follow most of the events which were uploaded on the internet thanks to the great tool which is Youtube and also WizIq platform.
It was a great introduction to the internet and virtual worlds: something I had not been aware of . I should know more about it as education is undergoing many changes.
Key ideas underlined by the speaker: virtual worlds can offer great opportunities for collaborative working , this is similar to what happens when we work online with modern technology.
Second Life started in the USA in American universities and it helped students work, learn together as there are many groups on SL. The presenter focussed on the main advantages:
What fascinated me when I watched the recording was the great idea of having an international community where learning can happen at any time and from anywhere.
Of course, there are disadvantages: technology, language barriers but...............on the whole it is a great opportunity as people can choose when and how to work. Educators and learners are offered a great " environment" where learning can happen!
After watching the video I had a lot of questions, first of all I wanted to learn more about SL and how virtual worlds can help me as an educator.
I googled SL and found some interesting things about language learning. This is an interesting video about language teaching which I think is worth seeing.....
I will now get into " SL" and I will try to enter this new world................................ A lot of new things I need to know about............to work in a different way.
My next step was to get into SL and see how avatars live, work, collaborate and also learn.