Seminar: Teaching with a Virtual Environment
Associate Professor, East Carolina University
October 20, 2010
Would you like your online instructional environment to feel more like a community of learners and less like a content management system? Asynchronous online instruction often leaves students isolated during the completion of independent work and disconnected from the learning process. In response, some faculty are including online synchronous sessions with Second Life. Second Life is an interactive 3D virtual environment, accessible on the Internet, in which users interact with each other through avatars. This morning session will focus on program, course or activity development within the 3D virtual environment Second Life and Teen Second Life. Attendees will have the opportunity to develop a new perspective on the interaction, socialization and experiential learning offered through the virtual environment.
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About the Facilitator
Elizabeth Hodge is an Associate Professor in the Department of Business and Information Technologies Education at East Carolina University. Dr. Hodge teaches undergraduate and graduate business, marketing, finance, web design and instructional methods classes in the virtual world Second Life. She also teaches high school students enrolled in the Early College Second Life Program utilizing the Teen Second Life Grid for the delivery of content. Dr. Hodge’s research interests and recent publications center on Immersive Education, Virtual Environments, Web 2.0 tools and the use of Mobile Technology for engaging students in learning communities within an online environment.