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Extension studies

Teaching language


Type of course

Free Elective

Recommended year of study


Total number of ECTS

5 cr

Competency aims

The aim of the course is to maintain and extend the development of Arcada's SL island, as a learning platform, and to research strategies for using virtual worlds in business communication and distance learning.

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course the student is expected to be able to: 1. understand the applicability of virtual worlds to learning theory: 2. analyse the differences between closed and open worlds, in terms of possible pedagogy; 3. construct simple learning objects in Second Life or RealXtend; 4. create a strategy for testing learning objects; 5. produce the outline of a short learning module using objects that the group has constructed.

Course contents

Participants will form teams, and assume responsibilities for exploring learning theory, in terms of serious games and learning through exploration. Teams will also develop content (graphical and programmed) to be used on the island.

Prerequisites and co-requisites

Students should be familiar with interactive social web sites, such as Facebook, Flickr, or MySpace. Students should also have some knowledge of, and interest in, virtual online spaces or games, such as Habbo Hotel, Second Life, World of Warcraft, and others.

Additional information

The course is project based. The precise nature of the projects and their deadlines will be determined during discussions in sessions 1 & 2.

Recommended or required reading

To be announced

Study activities

  • Lectures - 50 hours
  • Individual- and group instruction - 50 hours
  • Project- and production work/artistic activities - 50 hours


  • Total workload of the course: 150 hours
  • Of which autonomous studies: 150 hours
  • Of which scheduled studies: 0 hours

Mode of Delivery

Multiform education

Assessment methods

Essays, reports, productions and portfolio

Assessment requirements

To be announced


Kelly Owen


Kelly Owen

Group size

No limit

Assignments valid until

Until further notice

Assessment methods

2010-12-01 - Reports and productions

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