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Mary Hedengren

I totally agree with the potential of Second Life. It's been used a little bit in psychology, which is cool because usually psychology experiments have to take place where the researchers are (universities). By conducting experiments on Second Life, researchers get a different demographic than just 18-25 year old college students. Not necessarily a more typical demographic, but different.

http://www.springerlink.com/content/g4175v2h4m3t0617/


Some people are even suggesting it for counseling. Which is...ethically interesting. If you can't see your patient's face, does doctor-patient privilege still apply?

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2553247/


Definitely, we need to think about how to use this tool.

In terms of education, though, I do have to wonder what a 3D online teacher can contribute more than chat/phone set up (like WGU does). Gestures?

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