Nursing students can learn in a virtual world at UTA

UT Arlington will hold a conference on Second Life in education.

In the virtual world, nurses in training from Texas, New York and Denmark can practice alongside other emergency personnel before an anthrax attack, pandemic or tornado grabs headlines.

Via computer, students participate in a simulated event that provides a role rehearsal, say experts at the University of Texas at Arlington’s College of Nursing, where educators are taking lessons, discussions and conferences into the 3-D virtual world of Second Life.

Second Life allows people to create avatars and environments in spaces called islands. Avatars, which are free, can interact on the islands (which cost real money). Second Life received much hype about six years ago as a fantasy place to re-invent oneself. Now, it provides an educational tool for many universities.…Read More