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A literature review on the usefulness of second life as a pedagogic tool in the postgraduate teaching of gerontology and other policy relevant social sciences In the UK

A literature review on the usefulness of second life as a pedagogic tool in the postgraduate teaching of gerontology and other policy relevant social sciences In the UK
A literature review on the usefulness of second life as a pedagogic tool in the postgraduate teaching of gerontology and other policy relevant social sciences In the UK
Second Life is a virtual online world, which allows individuals to exist and engage with each other through assumed online identities (called avatars), and to participate in commercial, game as well as pedagogic activities. This paper reviews existing literature on the use of Second Life as a pedagogic tool, and considers its usefulness for teaching social policy-related subjects, such as Gerontology, at the postgraduate level. The review argues that Second Life offers the opportunity for simulation which can facilitate better spatial and experiential learning, for example through virtual world games which facilitate learning in a more stimulating and engaging environment. The paper concludes that virtual worlds can offer unique settings for learning and teaching but the real challenge for the future lies in how these can be incorporated in appropriate ways to support identifiable improvements in learning outcomes
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Centre for Research on Ageing, University of Southampton
Radford, Mark
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Vlachantoni, Athina
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Evandrou, Maria
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Schroeder-Butterfill, Elisabeth
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Radford, Mark
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Vlachantoni, Athina
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Evandrou, Maria
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Schroeder-Butterfill, Elisabeth
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Radford, Mark, Vlachantoni, Athina, Evandrou, Maria and Schroeder-Butterfill, Elisabeth (2011) A literature review on the usefulness of second life as a pedagogic tool in the postgraduate teaching of gerontology and other policy relevant social sciences In the UK (Centre for Research on Ageing Discussion Paper, 1102) Southampton, GB. Centre for Research on Ageing, University of Southampton

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Abstract

Second Life is a virtual online world, which allows individuals to exist and engage with each other through assumed online identities (called avatars), and to participate in commercial, game as well as pedagogic activities. This paper reviews existing literature on the use of Second Life as a pedagogic tool, and considers its usefulness for teaching social policy-related subjects, such as Gerontology, at the postgraduate level. The review argues that Second Life offers the opportunity for simulation which can facilitate better spatial and experiential learning, for example through virtual world games which facilitate learning in a more stimulating and engaging environment. The paper concludes that virtual worlds can offer unique settings for learning and teaching but the real challenge for the future lies in how these can be incorporated in appropriate ways to support identifiable improvements in learning outcomes

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Published date: 15 December 2011
Organisations: Gerontology, Winchester School of Art

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Local EPrints ID: 207437
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/207437
PURE UUID: 4cdf0e20-6a80-40ee-a3da-825c54bec10c
ORCID for Mark Radford: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-9640-6675
ORCID for Athina Vlachantoni: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0003-1539-3057
ORCID for Elisabeth Schroeder-Butterfill: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-5071-8710

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Date deposited: 13 Jan 2012 09:13
Last modified: 30 Jul 2019 00:34

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