Second Life, First Impressions: Emergent Use of Second Life at a UK University

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This paper will critique the introduction of Second Life as a learning and teaching environment at the University of Huddersfield in the UK. The project will employ an Interpretive Phenomenological Analysis (IPA) approach in order to establish the meanings participants attach to events in Second Life. Research questions include: Do students feel comfortable and learn effectively in this environment? Does it allow for effective collaboration, knowledge exchange and the formation of robust online communities? What are the teaching and learning affordances of Second Life and are there any novel pedagogies associated with it's use? The Virtual Presentation could be conducted in Second Life to allow discussion and evaluation of the paper by attendees.

Keywords: Second Life, Pedagogy, Phenomenology
Stream: Technology in Education
Presentation Type: Virtual Presentation in English
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Cheryl Reynolds

Senior Lecturer, School of Education and Professional Development
Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, UK

Initially a teacher of Biology, I progressed through using technology in my teaching to become the VLE Manager for a large Further Education College in Leeds. I joined the University of Huddersfield in 2005 in order to create a new qualification in e-learning, for which I am now course leader. I recently completed an MSc in Multimedia in Education and am about to embark on a PhD. My research interests include use of Web 2.0 technologies in Education, with a particular focus on knowledge transfer and collaborative learning. I recently co-wrote a successful bid for European funding to carry out the MOTIVATE project, an initiative which seeks to transfer innovation across European teacher training institutions, including participants from Greece, Portugal, Hungary, Finland and the Netherlands.

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