First Time in Second Life January 21, 2008Posted by Michael McVey in Online Tools.
We had our first class meeting in Second Life last night and one of my insightful students wrote, in general terms:
From what we saw last night in our first meeting in 2nL, when do we stop learning the tool and start using it? Do the students come to class already knowing how to navigate all the controls etc? Do you teach a full class on just using the interface?
It was an exhauting meeting since we had to learn how to chat with each other and most of us were still looking around and exploring. They were all such valid questions. There is no way a professor is going to begin a class unless and until all the students have some basic understanding of the environment. That is a major learning curve for some and a real challenge for some computers. One solution adopted by some of us was to use the microphones.
I think at least two sessions of just working out the bugs before any actual real classes might barely cover it.