New immersive worlds for educators and librarians: beyond Second Life

New immersive worlds for educators and librarians: beyond Second Life Purpose – Second Life has provided educators and librarians with a place to experiment with a 3D immersive environment. Avatars represent the user and users can interact real‐time in text chat and/or voice. Users can create environments that persist over time. Second Life has attracted users from around the world, providing wonderful opportunities to collaborate. However, Second Life is not the only virtual world used for educational purposes. The purpose of this paper is to examine some options. Design/methodology/approach – The authors examine other online virtual worlds which educators and librarians can use in addition to Second Life. Findings – It is found that there are many other virtual worlds which educators and librarians can explore. Originality/value – This paper is useful to anyone looking for alternatives to using the virtual world Second Life. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Library Hi Tech News Emerald Publishing

New immersive worlds for educators and librarians: beyond Second Life

Library Hi Tech News, Volume 29 (6): 5 – Jan 1, 2012

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Emerald Publishing
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Copyright © 2012 Emerald Group Publishing Limited. All rights reserved.
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0741-9058
DOI
10.1108/07419051211277940
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Abstract

Purpose – Second Life has provided educators and librarians with a place to experiment with a 3D immersive environment. Avatars represent the user and users can interact real‐time in text chat and/or voice. Users can create environments that persist over time. Second Life has attracted users from around the world, providing wonderful opportunities to collaborate. However, Second Life is not the only virtual world used for educational purposes. The purpose of this paper is to examine some options. Design/methodology/approach – The authors examine other online virtual worlds which educators and librarians can use in addition to Second Life. Findings – It is found that there are many other virtual worlds which educators and librarians can explore. Originality/value – This paper is useful to anyone looking for alternatives to using the virtual world Second Life.

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Library Hi Tech NewsEmerald Publishing

Published: Jan 1, 2012

Keywords: Second Life; Virtual worlds; Internet

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