Sunday, June 03, 2007

Portugal University in SL

Gwyneth Llewelyn posted a long but fascinating summary of the recent real life workshop on education in SL sponsored by the University of Aviero in Portugal. Among the research results she noted were:
  • Don't replicate real life
  • Informality leads to better communication
  • Text-based environments level the ground for all students
  • SL classes are better than RL ones.
My favourite study was about some research on several classes done on SL, on all subjects, from marketing to making clothes. The conclusions were astonishing: classes are well prepared, students arrive before time, all classes are written down, materials are plentiful, the teacher keeps in touch with the students after the class has finished, students are motivated and help each other (when the teacher crashes suddenly) and so on.

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