The educational opportunities for Second Life across various courses have been well documented in the literature. However, instructors new to teaching online may not have explored Second Life as an instructional resource and may perceive using Second Life as overwhelming. For this assignment, students create an avatar and interact with other avatars in Second Life. This assignment can be used in the online or face-to-face communication course. Second Life provides a context where students can participate in interactions with other avatars, their classmates, and the instructor. Students observe and analyze self-disclosure, interpersonal deception, verbal communication, nonverbal communication, and additional interpersonal communication concepts.
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Tolman, E. (2012). Creating Community Outside of the Classroom: Strategies for Integrating Second Life into the Interpersonal Communication Course. Communication and Theater Association of Minnesota Journal, 39, 122-126.