SECOND LIFE AS A TOOL FOR HIGHER EDUCATION AND MEDICAL TRAINING
Sultan Qaboos University (OMAN)
About this paper:
Appears in: EDULEARN11 Proceedings
Publication year: 2011
Conference name: 3rd International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies
Dates: 4-6 July, 2011
Location: Barcelona, Spain
Abstract:Virtual learning environments use computer software to allow users to interact with the program and with each other as they perform various functions and learn. Second Life is one such program, and this web-based virtual reality system allows learners to dive into medical environments to learn in a revolutionary way. This program continues to become increasingly popular as it develops and becomes implemented within educational institutions. Students can use the specially designed medical environments to both absorb and demonstrate knowledge.
The following is a discussion of the features of the Second Life program, and its applicability to universities and clinics. This discussion provides a description of the features within the program, its potential, and whether its current state of development allows educators to take confidence in implementing the program. While this analysis concludes that the program is not developed to an adequate level for implementation in the average institution, it does reveal the program’s potential to provide unique, enriching, and efficient learning experiences.
This paper will cover following topics: a) exploring the advantages and disadvantages of Virtual Applications. b) reviewing what Higher Education Institutes are doing with Second Life. c) clinical education and training with Second Life and what medical students can do in Second Life. d) research reviews and findings on Second Life in Higher Education. e) are we ready for Second Life? f) finally, guidelines and recommendations for using Second Life in Medical Education.
Keywords: Second Life, Virtual Learning Environment, Higher Education, Medical Education.