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Real Life Issues for "Second Life" Challenges in Higher Education
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, William Woods University, United States ; , Macon State College, United States

E-Learn: World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education, in Orlando, Florida, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-83-9 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), San Diego, CA

Abstract

This paper analyzes possible risks institutions of higher education encounter when allowing students to engage in virtual worlds in an academic setting. The paper covers several current legal issues involving virtual worlds and the challenges faced by the legal system as they attempt to prosecute virtual crime. In addition, the paper attempts to allow the reader an awareness of the debates currently being examined by experts in the field. It continues to examine situations that are presenting challenges to institutions of higher learning as they explore virtual worlds and ultimately offer possible solutions to dealing with virtual harassment, grieving and virtual crime in the classroom. The paper concludes with several steps administrators and campus lawyers can take to minimize risk involved with allowing professors and students into the virtual worlds as part of academic exercises

Citation

Davis, L. & Ashford, T. (2010). Real Life Issues for "Second Life" Challenges in Higher Education. In J. Sanchez & K. Zhang (Eds.), Proceedings of E-Learn 2010--World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education (pp. 622-631). Orlando, Florida, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved November 19, 2019 from .

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