Proposal Abstract

The phrase “immersion learning” may bring to mind summers abroad studying French in Paris or Italian in Rome. However, at one university in south Florida, the concept has a much broader interpretation, and offers practical experience to students in many disciplines, whether they study on-ground or online. Through a virtual immersion experience within the cyber-world of Second Life, online students travel back in time to meet Ernest Hemingway in a 1920s Paris café. The assignment is used to supplement students' exploration of a Hemingway novel. Both quantitative and qualitative data, compiled via a student survey as well as feedback and comments within the course, will be shared during this session. The objectives for this session are to have the audience experience educational content within the Second Life virtual world, and see how utilizing this learning theory combined with technology can provide an authentic educational experience.

Location

Room 2911

Publication Type and Release Option

Presentation (Open Access)

 
Mar 10th, 10:00 AM Mar 10th, 10:45 AM

The Lost Generation Meets Second Life: Teaching Literature Using a Virtual World

Room 2911

The phrase “immersion learning” may bring to mind summers abroad studying French in Paris or Italian in Rome. However, at one university in south Florida, the concept has a much broader interpretation, and offers practical experience to students in many disciplines, whether they study on-ground or online. Through a virtual immersion experience within the cyber-world of Second Life, online students travel back in time to meet Ernest Hemingway in a 1920s Paris café. The assignment is used to supplement students' exploration of a Hemingway novel. Both quantitative and qualitative data, compiled via a student survey as well as feedback and comments within the course, will be shared during this session. The objectives for this session are to have the audience experience educational content within the Second Life virtual world, and see how utilizing this learning theory combined with technology can provide an authentic educational experience.