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Biochemistry Lab at Aalto University

Biochemistry Lab at Aalto University

Join us today, Monday 9th June at 2pm SLT at the Designing Worlds studio in Garden of Dreams for a viewing party of our latest episode. This week, we’re looking at three fascinating educational projects, created by two Finnish designers, which demonstrate that Second Life can be used for education on a variety of levels.

Case Dirval and Yolanda Hirvi are the designers behind Metaverstas (in English here), and they take us through three fascinating projects – firstly a virtual microbrewery created for a technical college, then a series of biochemistry laboratories created for Finland’s largest university, and finally a history project created to teach high school students about the Winter War, when Finland was attacked by the USSR in 1939.

Microbrewery

Microbrewery

The projects demonstrates how Second Life can be used to replicate processes which would – if based in the real world – would be hugely time consuming and costly. They also offer the opportunity for students to learn associated tasks such as laboratory safety and security without needing to utilise real facilities. And they also offer the opportunity to study exactly how students learn.

Join us at 2pm for a really fascinating show on the potential for educational uses of Second Life.

The Winter War reconstruction

The Winter War reconstruction

Or – if you can’t attend in person – tune in to the web at 2pm SLT on Monday for a showing on Aview TV, on SLartist or on Treet – or catch it later in the week on our shows page on the Treet.tv web site at http://treet.tv/shows/designingworlds, on the Aview TV Designing Worlds channel – or on the Designing Worlds blog.

 

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We’ve been talking on this blog recently about the importance of communities in growing Second Life here and here – and it was an issue on the Designing Worlds show about Second Life retention.

We will be exploring the issue further with an interactive installation at the Second Life 11th Birthday Celebration – we are putting it together now!

Prim Perfect build at SL11B CC

Prim Perfect build at SL11B CC

What is important about Second Life? What keeps you logging in?

And we want to ask people … How should Second Life be advertised? What sort of demographic should it be reaching out to? What sort of training should Second Life offer? Should training be outsourced to resident groups?

And above all we want to ask – what does community mean to you? What type of a community would you like to live in? What does a community need to keep it vibrant?

You can help us frame the questions we will be asking by filling in the form below.

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