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Title: Virtual education : teaching media studies in second life
Authors: Herold, DK 
Keywords: Second Life
Higher education
Issue Date: Apr-2009
Publisher: Virtual Worlds Institute
Source: Journal of virtual worlds research, Apr. 2009, v. 2, no. 1, p. [3]-17 How to cite?
Journal: Journal of virtual worlds research 
Abstract: Following the adoption of the virtual world Second Life by tertiary educational institutions worldwide, a limited study was conducted at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University to test the feasibility and desirability of employing a virtual environment to conduct classes. Thirty tutorials were held in Second Life over a period of five weeks in support of a course on Media Studies with sixty students. Feedback was gathered continuously from students and the lecturer via informal interviews, feedback forms, and participant observation. The results did not support most of the hypotheses, but supported the value of virtual teaching and learning in a wellsupported institutional environment. The paper emphasizes the need to integrate virtual environments into the educational framework of courses and for a careful consideration of the educational aims and uses of virtual worlds within specific courses.
ISSN: 1941-8477
Rights: This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-No Derivative Works 3.0 (
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