Track: Best Practices Showcase

Title Engaging Literature Students Through Role Play and Set Creation in a Virtual World
Author(s): Rawlslyn Francis
Moderator(s):Cat Flanagan
Date Friday, March 16 12:00
Location: CAVE/EdTech Auditorium
Abstract I will discuss how I use Second Life in my online college literature courses to engage students in the exploration and understanding of literary genres. This presentation is best suited for educators interested in learning how to integrate virtual activities into the curriculum of a literature/humanities course and how to assess the results of students’ efforts. Participants will understand how virtual worlds offer the unique ability to move beyond static discussion threads in a learning management system and challenge students’ understanding of a story by recreating the setting and impersonating the characters. By immersing students in the virtual creation of a literary genre, they gain a deeper understanding of the cultural influences that shape a piece of literature.  
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Bio(s): Rawlslyn Francis: I am an Assistant Professor of English at Florida State College at Jacksonville. I teach English Composition and Literature courses in face-to-face, blended and online formats. I use virtual worlds extensively in my courses to encourage my students' creativity and critical thinking skills. For my work in Second Life, I was recognized with the 2011 Innovative Excellence in Teaching, Learning and Technology Award. Follow me on Twitter @rawlslyn. See videos and blog posts about my work at www.academicavatar.com. 

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