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The Drax Files: World Makers [Episode 19: Virtual Chemistry]

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Published on Apr 30, 2014

"The students using the replicated lab in Second Life had better retention of information than the students only using the physical lab!" Wendy Keeney-Kennicutt from Texas A&M University is excited about the preliminary findings of her study about how the unique affordances of virtual reality platforms like Second Life can facilitate and enhance the learning process.

Conducted together with Kurt Winkelman from the Florida Institute of Technology, the study comparing physical lab and virtual lab is funded by an NSF grant and slated to be finished in April 2015.

While the findings [so far] maybe indeed eye-opening for many who have not engaged with virtual reality in an educational context, for pioneering teachers and enthusiastic students alike they can hardly be seen as a surprise: learning in virtual worlds creates a strong sense of being together and collaborating in one shared space irrespective of physical location powerfully transcends - via avatar-based interaction - a multitude of social issues.

More information by hopping in-world at http://slurl.com/secondlife/12th%20Ma... or on the web at http://its.tamu.edu/Services/Systems/...

RL footage shot by Paola Perez Guarda



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special thanks to Marianne McCann for being a fabulous location and background actor manager during this shot & of course many thanks to our great avatar team on the ground as well:


Concetta Curtiz
Corksoaker Gloom
Flokers
Hex Blackthorne
Kris Spade
Pygar Bu
Sesen Wingtips
Strawberry Singh
Swan Ling
Hexapoda
Ataro Asbrink
Utilizator Mode
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Locations visited in this video

- Starfall's Twilight Edge http://slurl.com/secondlife/Twilights...
- Rico;s Teahouse http://slurl.com/secondlife/Isle%20of...
- SL Muenchen http://slurl.com/secondlife/Muenchen/...
- Caisteal http://slurl.com/secondlife/Caisteal/...
- Isla Okkido http://slurl.com/secondlife/Santa%20M...
- AMM Design http://slurl.com/secondlife/Azuchi/37...
- Roche http://slurl.com/secondlife/ROCHE/171...
- Petrovsky Flux http://slurl.com/secondlife/Spencer%2...
- VAI http://slurl.com/secondlife/Virtual%2...
- Stanford Libraries http://slurl.com/secondlife/Stanford%...
- NYC http://slurl.com/secondlife/New%20Yor...

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Logos, titles and RL merch by Stefanie Rost [ http://www.stefanierost.de ]

SL merch by Loki Eliot [ http://bit.ly/18S9N1c ]

Music by b/d [ http://soundcloud.com/draxtor ]

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blogs about this episode:

Inara = http://modemworld.wordpress.com/2014/...

Ciaran = http://sl.governormarley.com/?p=3934

Iris = http://nwn.blogs.com/nwn/2014/05/drax...

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