Maintaining Context in a Changing (Virtual) World - Educators’ Perspectives for Opensim and Second Life

Athanasios Christopoulos, Marc Conrad


Educational activities previously performed in Second Life are now more and more move moving to other alternatives. This study concentrates on the features of Second Life and its open-source alternative, OpenSim that affect the results of the in-world educational activities. The need for educators to take these features into account is another focus of this study which also aims to highlight the similarities and differences between the contexts of Second Life and OpenSim worlds, whether internally or externally hosted, as well as their potentials and weaknesses. The findings suggest that each one of these alternatives gathers different positive and negative features and their suitability greatly depends on the academics’ educational needs.


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Paper Citation

in Harvard Style

Christopoulos A. and Conrad M. (2013). Maintaining Context in a Changing (Virtual) World - Educators’ Perspectives for Opensim and Second Life . In Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Computer Supported Education - Volume 1: CSEDU, ISBN 978-989-8565-53-2, pages 423-428. DOI: 10.5220/0004385504230428

in Bibtex Style

author={Athanasios Christopoulos and Marc Conrad},
title={Maintaining Context in a Changing (Virtual) World - Educators’ Perspectives for Opensim and Second Life},
booktitle={Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Computer Supported Education - Volume 1: CSEDU,},

in EndNote Style

JO - Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Computer Supported Education - Volume 1: CSEDU,
TI - Maintaining Context in a Changing (Virtual) World - Educators’ Perspectives for Opensim and Second Life
SN - 978-989-8565-53-2
AU - Christopoulos A.
AU - Conrad M.
PY - 2013
SP - 423
EP - 428
DO - 10.5220/0004385504230428