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By Rene Corbeil • Posted in Announcements




Dr. Corbeil   Summer Session I-- 2013


SecondLife Maps




The Cooperative Project is a group effort that includes a research report and a group presentation. You will conduct research on a 3-D virtual environment called Second Life to analyze its potential for instructional and/or training applications.   The teams will use Second Life and its collaborative tools to meet, plan, prepare, and present their reports and presentations.

Second Life is a 3-D virtual world that is accessible via the Internet through a free client program called the Second Life Viewer. Users can interact with others in the virtual world through their avatars, which they can customize to resemble themselves.  Once inside Second Life, users can explore, socialize, and participate in individual and group activities. Presently, over 300 universities from around the world are teaching courses or conducting research in Second Life. Instructors who teach in Second Life favor it over traditional distance education platforms because the interactions can be more personal than what is possble in even the most expensive courseware management systems.

Total Points: 25

Sample Project

Click here to view a sample Cooperative Project.


Setting up a Second Life Account

Click here to set up your Second Life membership and download the Second Life Viewer.

Note: Selecting your Second Life user name is a big decision. Once chosen, it can’t be changed. You will be prompted to type in a first name and select a last name from a dropdown list. For your first name, I suggest using your first initial + last name or first name + initial of last name. Then select an appropriate last name from the list provided. For example, my avatar’s name is Rcorbeil Unplugged.After selecting a name, you will be prompted to choose a beginning look for your avatar. Don’t worry if you can’t find a beginning look that looks like you. You will have an opportunity to modify your avatar’s appearance once you enter Second Life. You will be required to submit your user name and a screenshot of your avatar within the first few weeks of class.



second_lifeWorking in groups of 4-5, you will conduct research on a 3-D virtual environment to analyze its potential for teaching and/or training applications. While exploring the various capabilities of the 3-D virtual environment, you should take screen shots or record movies of your activities within the environment. There are many free screen capture tools available on the web to assist you in capturing and saving on-screen movements. You will document your research and experiences through a wiki and a 5-10 minute narrated multimedia presentation. Include the following in your research report and presentation:









  • Provide an overview of the research and theory, including research cited in the textbook, to support the utilization of Second Life as a tool for teaching and learning.
  • Describe  3 interesting and useful educational/training resources you found in Second Life.
  • Describe a scenario for how Second Life can be used effectively in delivering instruction in an e-learning, higher education, or corporate environment.
  • Describe the team’s experiences interacting in Second Life and perceptions of Second Life as a instructional platform.
  • Provide at least 10 screenshots of the team  interacting in Second Life in various contexts.
  • Provide a list of all resources used in creating the report and multimedia presentation. All resources should be cited both in-text and in a References section and must be in APA format. Use Son of Citation Machine to assist you in citing your sources in APA format)

Your entire group effort must be documented using PBWiki (see http://pbwiki.com). Each group will choose a representative to create a PBWiki site. This representative is responsible for sharing the site with the other group members. This way every group member is able to access the Wiki site and to contribute to the writing/editing process. Please make the Wiki site public (by default). Preferred length: 3000 words.


At the conclusion of the project, the team will submit the URL for the group’s wiki to the E-Portfolio Database. The narrated multimedia presentation must be loaded onto a web server and made accessible through the wiki.


The Presentation Tools

You may use any multimedia authoring tool for creating your presentation. Here are some options:

  • TechSmith Camtasia Studio: With Camtasia Studio, you can record narrated PowerPoint presentations and post them as online lectures or learning supplements for their students.
  • Windows Movie Maker: Windows Movie Maker is a video creating/editing software, included in Microsoft Windows. Create movies and slide shows from your photos and videos, and share them online.
  • Microsoft Photo Story 3: This free software is easy to use but has a wide range of transitions and other features that will allow you to produce a good quality presentation.   Photo Story 3 allows you to easily add voice and video to PowerPoint presentations, and then publish those presentations so that audiences can view them live or on demand.



Evaluation Rubrics

The wiki report and multimedia presentation will be evaluated with the following rubrics. Before submitting your projects, check them against the rubrics to ensure that you are addressing all of the criteria.


Wiki Report Rubric




Multimedia Presentation Rubric



Citing Your Sources

You must properly cite, in APA format, any use of another person’s ideas, opinions, or theories; any use of facts, statistics, graphs, or drawings; and, any time you paraphrase a published work (Indiana University Writing Tutorial Services, 2004). Before submitting your projects for grading, make sure that you appropriately cite all of your sources and that you run your projects through SafeAssign. Click on the following link to learn more about how to properly quote and paraphrase your sources.

Use a free citation generator like Son of Citation Machine, to help you cite your sources in APA format.

Submitting Your Project

Designate one team member to post the URL (web address) for the team’s wiki to the  E-Portfolio Database. Please set the team wiki page to “public” so that it may be viewable by other members of the class. Your multimedia project must be uploaded to a web server or free social media service (like YouTube) in order to make it publically viewable. Add the URL for the multimedia presentation to the team wiki.


Sources: http://edtc6325.wordpress.com/projects/cooperative-project/

Courtesy of Dr. Corbeil





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