Teaching first-year studies in religion students in Second Life: UQ religion bazaar

Farley, Helen (2010) Teaching first-year studies in religion students in Second Life: UQ religion bazaar. In: ASCILITE 2010: 27th Annual Conference of the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education: Curriculum, Technology and Transformation for an Unknown Future, 5-8 Dec 2010, Sydney, Australia.

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The UQ Religion Bazaar project was originally conceived in 2007 and developed through 2008. It consists of a Second Life island situated in the New Media Consortium educational precinct and boasts a number of religious builds including a church, a mosque, a synagogue, an ancient Greek temple, a Freemasonic lodge, a Zen Buddhist temple and a Hindu temple to Ganesha. The island was used in two large first year classes and for supervising distance postgraduate students.

After a brief introduction to the discipline of Studies in Religion at the University of Queensland, this paper will assess the suitability of using Second Life as an environment for learning based on constructivist methodologies. Further, it will explore the original
conception and development of the UQ Religion Bazaar project within Second Life, and outline the preliminary findings of the project.

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Additional Information: Authors retain copyright. Copyright © 2010 Helen Farley. The author(s) assign to ascilite and educational non-profit institutions, a non-exclusive licence to use this document for personal use and in courses of instruction, provided that the article is used in full and this copyright statement is reproduced. The author(s) also grant a non-exclusive licence to ascilite to publish this document on the ascilite Web site and in other formats for the Proceedings ascilite Sydney 2010. Any other use is prohibited without the express permission of the author(s).
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Australian Digital Futures Institute
Date Deposited: 08 Mar 2011 02:14
Last Modified: 03 Jul 2013 00:31
Uncontrolled Keywords: Second Life; virtual worlds; constructivism; studies in religion
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130211 Religion Curriculum and Pedagogy
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130306 Educational Technology and Computing
08 Information and Computing Sciences > 0801 Artificial Intelligence and Image Processing > 080111 Virtual Reality and Related Simulation
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930203 Teaching and Instruction Technologies
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/18480

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