Organic Lectures Reach Drexel Island

Jean-Claude Bradley at Drexel University has taken his second life persona to his professional bosom and is now providing organic chemistry students not only with obelisks on the dragon-shaped island of Drexel (Drexopia, perhaps?), but they can now see organic chemistry lectures there too. It is an incredibly innovative use of SL, but I wonder whether students are going to feel like they are being monitored not only in the real world of university lecture rooms and study areas, but in the escapist virtual spaces of SL too. Scary thought.

Author: David Bradley

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2 thoughts on “Organic Lectures Reach Drexel Island”

  1. I know PMR has been offering virtual chemistry for a long time, I believe he was the UK’s, if not the world’s, first virtual professor of chemistry (at Nottingham U), but with the advent of broadband and the readiness students have to adopt online social networking, bookmarking, interaction, etc, it is inevitable that a major component of teaching and testing will migrate to the online world in coming years. Exciting times for those of us fascinated by the social changes net technology can bring.

  2. Well the purpose of the lectures there now is more to provide a sample for people who visit Drexel Island. They can’t be fast-forwarded and so it is much better still to view them on the web or by vodcast. In terms of privacy, unless they tell me who they are they are, I can’t guess from their avatar’s name. I view Second Life as an additional way of interacting with students. The most useful so far has been being available while they take quizzes and discussing problems as they pop up.

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