Second Life: A Virtual Learning Center for the Study of Sharks

Tryfonas Papadamou, Costas Gavrilakis, Costas Tsolakidis, Georgia Liarakou

Abstract


In this work the educational capabilities of the virtual world Second Life are researched and tested. A virtual world is constructed to support education for sustainable development. The life and characteristics of the shark is studied as this fish has received a lot of negative publicity and is in the danger of extinction. A virtual museum was developed for this purpose. The research question is focused on whether it can be used effectively in a modern classroom and how difficult is for an educator to develop such an application. To achieve that, a number of learning activities were developed, a number of on line questionnaires were issued and a series of virtual meetings were held. Teachers used the application and answered the questionnaires. The entire effort was attempted through Internet exclusively.

Keywords


Education for sustainable development; Second Life; virtual museum

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International Journal of Emerging Technologies in Learning. ISSN: 1863-0383
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