Since 2006 Barry Spencer at Bromley College has been exploring the learning possibilities of Second Life. In January 2009 he introduced this 3D online environment to students taking specific modules of the BTEC National Diploma for IT Practitioners (Software Development).
The course project involved the students:
- designing and coding programmes to calculate electricity generation of wind turbines;
- using the Second Life multi-user virtual environment to simulate the effect of ‘real world’ variables on turbines of different design and displaying the output of electricity generated; and
- evaluating their experience of using Second Life for learning