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Teaching in SL

Over the years, I have been incorporating more and more technology into my chemistry classes. Now that I retired in 2015, it is fun to look back at what I did. Here's a PP presentation I gave long ago. I am editing this in 2017.

Fall 2010 was 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:

Chemistry World is the island Kurt Winkleman and I developed to see if first year chem students can do labs in SL. This blog is not about that project.

You can visit to keep updated with our papers.

Wednesday, February 29, 2012


Hi, all - it's been a while, almost a year, since I updated what I have been doing in Second Life, so heregoes!

(1) We - my graduate student, Zahira Merchant - in Educational Psychology - and I have finished our study and have given several talks.  We have one paper accepted so far and it should come out soon.  I'll give you all the link when it does.  A powerpoint in my study area on 12th Man Island explains what we did and some of our results - here it is:
(2) I'll be talking and sharing at the upcoming VWBPE conference - my presentation on the Molecule Game - will be on Saturday, 11am SLT March 17 at the VWBPE Gateway

(3) I finally broke down and paid a SL designer (Random Cole - thanks, Random!) to build me a virtual Molecule Rezzing Kit - specifically for making the VSEPR molecules for first year chemistry students.  It works very well - we're going to try it out this semester.  I'm giving it away for free at the VWBPE talk - it is fully copyable.  We will be testing it with my students in the next year.

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