Track: Content Based and Informal Presentations

Title Learning about Community in Virtual Worlds
Author(s): Elisabeth Hayes; John McKnight
Moderator(s):Elektra Panthar
Date Friday, March 18 17:00
Location: Central Auditorium
Abstract In this session, we describe an interdisciplinary university course that introduces students to community and governance in two virtual worlds., Second Life and World of Warcraft. We will focus in particular on the collective class project, the formation of a class "guild," and how the combination of face-to-face meetings, along with guided and self-directed experiences in both worlds, affected the students' engagement and learning. Participants will take away a course syllabus and insight into strategies and challenges associated with immersing students in virtual community-building. The session will be relevant to postsecondary educators in varied institutional settings.  
Bio(s): Elisabeth Hayes: Professor, Department of English 
John McKnight: Adjunct Professor of Law, Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law 

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