THE SLENZ PROJECT
Midwifery tutor passes on
‘lessons’ from 1st SL class
Lead educator for the SLENZ Project’s Midwifery pilot for Otago Polytechnic and Canterbury’s CPIT, Sarah Stewart (SL: Petal Stransky) (pictured), after running her first teaching sessions in Second Life, has come up with nine interesting and valuable lessons for any neophyte virtual world teacher.
Although most seasoned Second Life educators will have already solved these the issues she raises they are worth thinking about again as one reads her blog, Sarah’s Musings.
Stewart’s sessions were based on the second learning activity that has been designed for junior midwifery students as part of the SLENZ Project’s midwifery pilot.
Her key lesson appears to be: “If you are new to Second Life as a teacher, have someone with you who can help out until you grow more confident in your abilities. I am still learning about Second Life myself so found it really useful to have Leigh (Blackall) with me to support me.”
Although disappointed at the lack of discussion and apparently interaction that took place with the small number of students Stewart enjoyed taking them around. Her final word to herself, however, says it all: “… be very organised with what I do and say, and make sure I am as prepared for eventualities as I can be.”
While reading Stewart’s blog its also worth while looking at her two explorations/ examinations of “birthing places” in Second Life, no matter how unrelated to real life some of those birthing places are and how whimsical they may be.