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Teaching in SL

Over the years, I have been incorporating more and more technology into my chemistry classes. Here's a PP presentation I gave not that long ago. http://www.chem.tamu.edu/class/fyp/keeney/secondlife/Integrated%20Technology-its.ppt This fall (2010) will be my 3rd semester at trying to incorporate optional weekly review sessions into SL. Optional for a few reasons. (1) My classes are large; I teach two classes of about 250 students each, so obviously I cannot have everyone in SL at the same time. (2) I do have a few students under 18 - which is problematic. (3) Some students are very uncomfortable in SL. Here I'll be blogging about the trials/tribulations of encouraging students to get involved in SL. Here's the link to a video clip of a tour of my area: http://www.chem.tamu.edu/class/fyp/keeney/secondlife/drwendy-in-SL.mp4




Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Arvel Presentation went well!

Hi, all - so today was my presentation for ARVEL SIG inworld discussion (ARVEL is Applied Research in Virtual Environments for Learning - Special Interest Group). We had fun - had lots of folks who hadn't been to the TAMU Islands before.  Here is a picture of our group.  I even bought an espresso/water machine for refreshments!  If you want a copy of the powerpoint presentation, just email me at k-keeney@tamu.edu.  After the talk, I gave a little tour of the area and showed off the "Molecule Game," a variation on a Scavenger Hunt - see previous blog entry.  I had to leave early because the alarm went off; we had a gas leak in the building - but everything was OK.

Monday, March 7, 2011

The Study has started & presenting to ARVEL!

Hi, all - been really busy getting ready to conduct the study on chemistry student learning in my area in SL and it has begun!  I'm giving a presentation on it and on my area in SL on Wednesday in SL for ARVEL SIG inworld discussion (ARVEL is Applied Research in Virtual Environments for Learning - Special Interest Group).  Here's the SLURL to my area.  It will be 1pm SL time (3pm CST - 4pm EST) in my area.  Here's a link to the event:  http://arvelsig.ning.com/events/arvel-sig-inworld-discussion-8 .  Even bought an SL espresso/water machine!