Second Life Brought to Life: A Case of Usability In-World

Kevin Yee (University of Central Florida, USA) and Jace Hargis (University of the Pacific, USA)
Copyright: © 2010 |Pages: 217
EISBN13: 9781609602482|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-61520-779-4.ch011
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This case presents the challenges and successes encountered when a university attempts to offer a course in a new online virtual learning environment (VLE). Overcoming the resistance towards change requires many aspects—innovation, expertise, funds, culture, persistence, attitude, collaboration, willingness to take risk and possibly open to experiencing a failed event. Most importantly, there is a need for addressing the individual needs of student learning. Being able to develop networks and reach outside of those networks for expertise, input, and commitments are essential to moving forward and becoming successful at offering a unique and innovative VLE. Ultimately, the social, technological, economic, and political parameters involved in this process are all significant and requires workarounds in order to provide an innovative, individualized teaching and learning model.
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