Sail's Pedagogy

Sail's posts about her class, classes she is taking, and education.

Karl Kapp on Virtual worlds

on December 30, 2009

In the article “Virtual Spaces Alter the Normal Bounds of Distance and Space” Kapp describes how virtual spaces should be used.

“While it is possible to make a 3D virtual immersive environment (VIE) look exactly (or pretty darn close) to your actual office building or training room or college campus…what’s the point? The real power of a virtual immersive environment is the ability to transport the learner or collaborators into an environment that is ideally suited for the learning or collaborating that needs to take place and this usually requires an altering of the spaces.”

Too many universities are creating their campuses in Second Life and hope students will come. But why sit in a desk in a lecture hall, when you can create any environment. And then when you visit the campus, no one is there. Second Life is meant for immersion in a particular environment, not to recreate an environment that is failing.

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