First of all, I learned today in Second Life where to get free clothes, to change into a new outfit, get rid of my tale, change the day-time…and then I went for the Trinity College Dublin „Education in SL“ conference:
It was a bit crowded and my poor little laptop was really working hard on the graphics.
It was doing well for the intro: a speaker that I wasn’t seeing introduced the process. It got worse when they started with a video about the Harvard Law School: they use wikis and blogs to support their virtual classes in SL.
After that they turned off the voice that I was hearing clearly but others not and started to explain everything through chatting, which I missed completely. And chaos started when we were supposed to split up into two groups: I did not get the questions, I did not know where to go and my system was slowing down stopping me from going anywhere and cutting into receiving chat messages.
So I flew to a corner and was „listening“ into some chat conversations around me and at the same time watching a video about „Global Kids in Second Life“ a New York-based educational organization that is running an online leadership program in SL Teens.
And then that was it for my graphic card: I could neither move nor listen to a conversation properly and I left SL a bit frustrated with these qustions on my mind:
- How is learning in SL different to learning in RL?
- What can you learn in SL?
- How can you create a learning experience in a chat room?
More SL learning experiences to follow soon!