Second Life campuses are often dull, ineffective

December 6, 2007

A philosophy professor at the University of Toronto, and his Second Life alter ego Urizenus, report that "Digital campuses are drab, and Second Life is a dubious venue for online instruction." There are at least 170 virtual campuses on SL, but Ludlow says that these campuses are holding themselves back by simply duplicating their offline campuses -- rather than taking advantage of SL's unlimited possibilities. His experience has been that avatars constrain learning because they do not communicate as richly as people.