Lab asks educators to share their success stories

secondlifeLinden Lab has issued a blog post and started a discussion thread in the forums on the subject of educational success stories in Second Life.

In particular, they are keen to hear of success stories within the educational sector and by those who have been using the platform for educational purposes (outside of teaching new residents how to use Second Life, An area in which the Lab already knows there are in-world organisations at work in that area as well).

The blog post reads in full:

Are you an educator seeing positive results from using Second Life? We’d love to hear from you! Please join us in this Education Forum thread to share your answers to the following questions:

  1. What educational organization do you represent?
  2. How do you use SL in your educational endeavours?
  3. Most importantly, what positive results have you seen from using SL?

From direct conversations, press coverage, and the like, we’ve heard of a number of organizations seeing positive results using Second Life for education, but we’re always eager to hear more and we hope you’ll add your voice to the thread.

Thanks!

Commenting on the post and requires, Peter Gray, the Lab’s Director of Global Communications told me, “We kicked off this thread because having a current collection of shared success stories is certainly helpful to our PR efforts, helps further our understanding of that community, and can also be a useful resource for people who may be interested in using SL in similar ways. We’ve spoken directly with a number of educators active in SL and certainly keep an eye out for these kinds of stories in the press as well, but we’re always eager to hear more.”

And it is not only educators and educational institutions the Lab wished to hear from, as Peter went on to state, “While we’re particularly interested in success stories from educators affiliated with educational institutions, we’d also be happy to hear from anyone who’s seen positive results using SL in their educational endeavours.”

So, if you do have a story of educational success and Second Life to tell, please be sure to join the conversation.

3 thoughts on “Lab asks educators to share their success stories

  1. We’ve had some great ones on Designing Worlds – although sadly many have moved on to other grids and projects (like the Bristol University re-creation of the Pompeii ruins at the Great Exhibition which explored not just history but the different ways in which history is perceived in different periods). Oddly enough, we recorded a show on inworld educational centres just last night.

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  2. Since Ebbe appeared on the scene and gave his keynote to the VWBPE last year, there seems to be a lot of interest on the part of LL to re-engage the education community. I’m so happy to see this. Lots of universities still have a presence in SL, although we still lose some great ones (like the University of Cincinnati) due to cost. Our work at the University of Washington on the Avalumni Islands has produced an active community of vw researchers, lecturers, and residents – and we collaborate with other universities to teach others how not to just be immersed in the environment, but how to actually live in the environment. Not just educational – but a great deal of fun. Here’s to a very long and happy relationship between LL and the education community.

    Ebbe will be keynoting the VWBPE conference this year ( March 18th at 1:00pm SLT – vwbpe.org/conference/vwbpe-2015-keynotes-and-featured-speakers ). Everyone is welcome to attend (it’s an open and free conference).

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