My experience with Second Life…
I was able to create my own customizable avatar. While exploring Orientation Island, I was taught how to walk, teleport, and fly. I learned that I could meet others, go shopping, and explore the whole world virtually. The special effects are definitely amazing which create a highly interactive environment.
How could Second Life be useful in Education?
Virtual campuses could be used where professors set up private areas not open to the public where their students can explore. Here, students can collaborate, role -play, inspire creative ideas, interact, and become immersed in their own education. Since I am a counselor and I teach college success skills, one way I would be able to use Second Life in the online classroom is to send students on a scavenger hunt where they can locate items or information relevant to their possible career choice or field of study. I also teach a section of study on diversity. In this chapter, I could take my students on a virtual field trip to learn about various cultures. In addition, students can work on projects together and this immersive education gives students a sense of being present when meeting in person is not practical.
Even though we have a growth of the student gaming population and Second Life could completely peak these students interest, I feel there are also many students who would not have the technology skills and it would be difficult to train these students online. I can possibly use Second Life first as an extra credit assignment to see what feedback I receive from these students.