Tag Archives: Second Life

Texas A&M University in Second Life®

I’d heard good things, from time to time, about Texas A&M’s Second Life Campus and finally made a visit. The campus blends replicated structures, recreated historic landmarks, and interactive virtual locations – an attractive package, both educational and fun (see … Continue reading

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Virtual Identities & Video Games

Learning involves taking on and playing with identities in such a way that the learner has real choices (in developing the virtual identity) and ample opportunity to meditate* on the relationship between new identities and old ones. —James Paul Gee … Continue reading

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Thinking Outside the Box, Literally!

“Think outside the box!” we often say when a problem solution eludes us. Suppose we were to take this metaphor literally and sat outside a large cardboard box while problem-solving. Would our solutions be more creative than sitting inside the … Continue reading

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While Working in World of Warcraft…

While working in World of Warcraft, I’ve learned a few things about teaching and myself – and I’m learning a new language, including lots of acronyms. Yes, I did something I never imagined doing: I got deeply involved in a … Continue reading

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The University of Sheffield (UK) Infolit iSchool

These past few weeks I’ve been spending my inworld time immersed in a MOOC (massive open online course). I plan to blog about this experience soon. But now I want to finish a project I began weeks ago, a show-and-tell … Continue reading

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Three Fairy-Friendly Forests

Once upon a time when I was young, I dwelled inside a cocoon – not all the time, but often enough. It would slowly form, wrapping its papery shell around me, lingering there for hours. An odd feeling, not altogether … Continue reading

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U.S. War Memorials in Second Life®

War is always in the background of the American history and film course that my colleague and I are team teaching this semester. We can’t ignore it, nor should we, even though our focus is mostly on social changes and … Continue reading

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