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Virtual or Virtually U: Educational Institutions in Second Life

Authors: Nancy Jennings, Chris Collins


Educational institutions are increasingly exploring the affordances of 3D virtual worlds for instruction and research, but few studies have been done to document current practices and uses of this emerging technology. This observational survey examines the virtual presences of 170 accredited educational institutions found in one such 3D virtual world called Second Life®, created by San- Francisco based Linden Lab®. The study focuses on what educational institutions look like in this virtual environment, the types of spaces educational institutions are creating or simulating, and what types of activities are being conducted.

Keywords: Educational Technology, Emerging technology, virtual worlds, second life, metaverse

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