My participation isn’t low… my connection is slow! Revisited

I chose to evaluate the post “My participation isn’t low… my connection is slow!” which looked into the use of Second Life and other virtual worlds for the classroom.  This was very interesting to me because my cousin is in an advanced nursing program, which uses Second Life for lectures and office hours. I also find the concept of being able to “attend” class while geographically being located anywhere that you have an internet connection very intriguing.  I also found the use of humor in the beginning captivating enough to want to read more.  The article was interesting because it touched on the idea of people evolving as technology evolves.  Technology that is new affects people differently depending on how old they are when it comes out.

This post is a strong post because the beginning of it captures the reader’s attention. Also, it explains how virtual worlds are used as classrooms by providing specific examples.  The post then goes on to evaluate both the pros and cons of the topic.  The post also does reference other sources where the basis of some of the authors ideas come from, but the author then continues to expand on and apply these ideas in the post.

This post can be improved by fixing a few grammatical errors that were overlooked when it was originally made.  Grammar aside, it would be interesting to expand on this idea by comparing pros and cons of using a program such as Second Life for virtual classrooms versus that of online courses that consist of lecture posts and exams through programs similar to that of blackboard.  It would also be helpful to look into more of the problems and benefits that specific students and professors have encountered when using Second Life.  Also, how does the use of virtual classrooms impact identity fraud and encourage cheating among students?  At the end of a class do students using virtual classrooms end up with just as much knowledge as students taking the course in what we consider a regular classroom setting?  Finally, does the example of Ric Hoogestraat, who decided to marry a person on Second Life despite being married in real life, challenge the validity who people are on  Second Life?  Is what you do in virtual worlds real or pretend?  according to Ric Hoogestraat it was just a hobby, whereas his wife to the matter very differently.  How do virtual worlds impact our connections to each other… is it better to be able to interact with people around the world with the click of a button or is better to have actual human interaction and contact?

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2 Responses

  1. Very interesting feedback! Thank you! I am still working on similar topics and will try to improve the post in light of the suggestions you have posted here. I am working on preparing a Virtual Case Study on the use of technology in the classroom and your post came just in time to remind me of the idea of a virtual classroom which was beginning to slip from my thinking…

  2. I am glad I could help! I think the most important thing is to realize that certain styles of learning work better for certain people. Also, it would be interesting to see if virtual classrooms could play a role in study abroad programs. Many students don’t go abroad because there are specific courses that must be taken for their major and they are only offered once a year. What if some of those classes could be taught in a virtual classroom so that students can be abroad taking courses in classrooms on the other side of the country and also be able to take a required course from back at their own university at the same time.

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