Second Life, First Impressions: Emergent Use of Second Life at a UK University
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
Senior Lecturer, School of Education and Professional Development