Dynamic Learning Community : Learning Virtually
By Serida Fong, BSBA Marketing '09
Eller professor uses Second Life to promote learning
Students in management and organizations lecturer Suzanne Delaney’s statistics class created a Second Life experience for their classmates as an alternate means to learn the material.
Second Life is a free, user-created 3D virtual community that anyone can access online. In Fall 2008, students in Delaney’s class were invited to participate in the Student Technology Preceptorship class to further explore emerging technologies and learning opportunities with Second Life, Flash animation, and podcasting. The Student Technology Preceptorship, coordinated by UA learning technology specialist Wayne Brent, is a project-based course where students learn and create real-world digital content for various university projects using dynamic websites, digital video, virtual reality, and animation.
Delaney’s Second Life project is still under construction and continues to grow. Students using Second Life in Delaney’s statistics class are able to engage in real-time chat with other students in the class, view videocasts and presentations of Delaney’s class lectures, and view instructional Flash animations created by the Student Technology Preceptors.
Steven Loitz, who focused mainly on the creation of the Second Life environment, had previous knowledge of the program and commended the project. “It was great working under Professor Delaney; everyone was able have input on the project,” he says. “Now that we have established the foundation, it’s just going to get even better.”