[Air-L] Benefits & Drawbacks of teaching in Second Life

CarrieLynn Reinhard ijedi7 at yahoo.com
Wed Feb 1 13:58:42 PST 2012

I'm putting together a presentation for my university next week on the use of virtual worlds as virtual classrooms.  One thing I want to touch upon are the drawbacks and benefits of using Second Life for teaching.  I have the following, and I would like to know if you think there are others I should discuss.

Benefits: audio visual & kinetic learning styles, collaboration, anonymity encourages experimentation, geographics no longer restrict participation, new ways to experience old knowledge.

Drawbacks: interface learning curve, anonymity encourages disengagement, technological divides and issues, reduction of socializing, applicability of knowledge gained.
CarrieLynn D. Reinhard, PhD
Dominican University

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