Will Second Life environments make a comeback in online education?

Will Second Life-esque virtual campuses make a comeback in higher ed?

Reported by Inside Higher Ed, Stanford University has partnered with VirBELA to design a virtual campus where students from their certificate program can design their avatars, virtually wander campus using their keyboards, and chat with other student avatars in their vicinity.

The takeaway? While all students have different learning preferences, now that videoconferencing platforms are cheap and stable enough to make your real self your avatar, does an animated campus provide any significant advantage anymore? Or are there real spatial relationship advantages to these Second Life’esque environments higher ed is finally ready to leverage?

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Eric Olsen

Eric brings more than a decade of award-winning creative brand development, marketing analytics and higher education experience to Helix Education. Eric is a graduate of Bradley University and earned his MBA at Lewis University.