Using Second Life® to Teach Collaboration Skills to Pre-Service and In-Service Special Educators

Melissa D. Hartley (West Virginia University, USA), Barbara L. Ludlow (West Virginia University, USA), and Michael C. Duff (Discover Video Productions, USA)
Copyright: © 2013 |Pages: 358
EISBN13: 9781466642997|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-2815-1.ch014
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Second Life®, an online virtual world, is currently used at West Virginia University for simulation activities and role-playing exercises in teacher education programs in special education. The purpose of this chapter is to describe a design experiment in a pilot case study, explain the rationale for using virtual reality, describe how learning activities were developed, implemented, and evaluated, discuss plans for future research and practice, and offer suggestions for using virtual simulations in other teacher education programs.
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