USE OF SECOND LIFE IN K-12 AND HIGHER EDUCATION: A Review of Research


Chris INMAN
Vivian H. WRIGHT
Julia A. HARTMAN


ABSTRACT
This study reviewed empirical research conducted in Second Life by educators since Second Life‘s launch in 2003. The study‘s purpose was to identify how Second Life is being used in both K-12 and higher education. The methodology, findings, and recommendations of 27 research studies were analyzed. Researchers identified potential problems when using Second Life in education, including issues with the Second Life software and hardware requirements, a steep learning curve, and the possibility of students becoming exposed to distractions or inappropriate content. Researchers discussed potential uses of Second Life including role-play, game and simulation creation, implementation within distance education programs, and the ability to encourage student-centered learning activities. Analysis also revealed several recommendations for educators intending to use Second Life.


KEYWORDS: Second life; K-12, higher education

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