Second thoughts

December 21, 2007

Leicester University has launched a research project to identify the educational benefits of virtual worlds - in the web-based virtual world Second Life. This week it established an "experimental research island" in Second Life to provide a place to examine how learning and teaching in 3D worlds can best be achieved. It aims to address questions such as what can universities achieve to enhance learning in Second Life that they cannot do on real-life campuses; which disciplines and topics benefit most; whether it is divisive to have virtual worlds for educational purposes; and whether virtual worlds are merely fads or gimmicks.

You've reached your article limit.

Register to continue

Registration is free and only takes a moment. Once registered you can read a total of 3 articles each month, plus:

  • Sign up for the editor's highlights
  • Receive World University Rankings news first
  • Get job alerts, shortlist jobs and save job searches
  • Participate in reader discussions and post comments
Register

Have your say

Log in or register to post comments

Most Commented

James Fryer illustration (27 July 2017)

It is not Luddism to be cautious about destroying an academic publishing industry that has served us well, says Marilyn Deegan

Hand squeezing stress ball
Working 55 hours per week, the loss of research periods, slashed pensions, increased bureaucracy, tiny budgets and declining standards have finally forced Michael Edwards out
Jeffrey Beall, associate professor and librarian at the University of Colorado Denver

Creator of controversial predatory journals blacklist says some peers are failing to warn of dangers of disreputable publishers

Kayaker and jet skiiers

Nazima Kadir’s social circle reveals a range of alternative careers for would-be scholars, and often with better rewards than academia

hole in ground

‘Drastic action’ required to fix multibillion-pound shortfall in Universities Superannuation Scheme, expert warns