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Higher Education in Virtual Worlds: Teaching and Learning in Second Life (International Perspectives on Education and Society) Hardcover – 23 Nov 2009

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  • Hardcover: 268 pages
  • Publisher: Emerald Group Publishing Limited; 1 edition (23 Nov. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849506094
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849506090
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 1.6 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,258,975 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A timely book on the use and potential use of virtual worlds in education that is both well-balanced and always insightful - by combining theoretical perspectives with practical case studies, this book offers educators the opportunity to understand both the pitfalls and potential of virtual worldsA". Michael Thomas, Editor, International Journal of Virtual and Personal Learning Environments This book provides a wide range of valuable insights and suggestions for both novice and experienced users new immersive environments. I highly recommend it!A" Robin Teigland, Stockholm School of Economics, Sweden.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Michael Cahalane on 30 Mar. 2010
Format: Hardcover
This book covers the hype, the potential and current tensions in using Second Life for Higher Education. IMO, if you are a research student or educator interested in Second Life then the referencing, modern statistics and discussions regarding Virtual Worlds make this book worth getting your hands on.

Clearly not the cheapest book on Virtual Worlds, however I found it to be satisfactory in covering topics such as entry barriers, communication challenges and opportunities for educators - addressed at the beginning of the book. I particularly found chapter 9 (a context for design learning) interesting in discussion of a collaborative design project carried out by groups of design students. Also, I was glad to see that they didn't cram the book full of pictures from Second Life!
Good Stuff!
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Book assessing use of Second Life in virtual education 1 Oct. 2014
By Dr Anup K Das - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Second Life is a software suite, launched in 2003, to create an online virtual world. Second Life is increasingly being used worldwide to develop an online three-dimensional (3D) interactive virtual environment for interacting with virtual humans (viz., tutors, teachers, classmates, collaborators, librarians, colleagues, etc.) in a virtual university, virtual laboratory or virtual library setup, in addition to its usage in virtual gaming. In book titled "Higher Education in Virtual Worlds: Teaching and Learning in Second Life", edited by Charles Wankel and Jan Kingsley, different authors narrate their experience and experimentation with Second Life for effective delivery of business education, lifelong learning, higher education, distance education and vocational education. Some open universities also have started developing virtual learning spaces for delivery of education to their enrolled students. This book contains twelve chapters and authors describe some of their institutional initiatives.
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