Virtual Worlds and Web 3.0 Technologies for Lifelong Learning
Tuesday, June 29 1:30 PM-2:30 PM Location: Pier 9
Abstract: Online, three-dimensional virtual world environments are becoming more widely used knowledge-and-social-interaction tools and are another part of the electronic socio-technical system that people use for communication and lifelong learning in the foreseeable future. We discuss ways that learning community members, as users of the technology, can enhance their collaboration with colleagues and can extend some very practical research and educational operations into virtual spaces. We draw on findings from our multi-year, on-going research project conducted in Second Life® and discuss the Educators Coop, the first long-term residential virtual community of educators and researchers in Second Life. The informational design and infrastructure of the Educators Coop together serve as an emerging model for next generation environments for lifelong learning.