CNN Report covered a story I covered 8 months ago. Imperial College of London has established a unique Second Life presence and they are teaching students in the virtual environment. An excerpt from the CNN report:
At Imperial College London, medical students navigate a full-service hospital where they see patients, order X-rays, consult with colleagues and make diagnoses. An avatar approaches a virtual patient in a hospital inside the online world Second Life.
It’s an interactive, hands-on learning experience — and none of it is real.
These prospective doctors are treating virtual patients in Second Life, the Internet world where users interact through online alter egos called avatars. The third-year med students are taking part in a pilot program for game-based learning, which educators believe can be a stimulating change from lectures and textbooks.
If you want to see more practical examples, take a look at TidalBlog and see how Second Life can be used in biochemistry, genomics or microbiology.
CNN asks the question whether Second Life can be used in medicine. I’ve been trying answer it for years:
- Top 10: Virtual Medical Sites in Second Life!
- How and Why to use Second Life for Education?
- Scientific Events in Second Life?
- 23andMe in Second Life: LIVE
- Nature’s role in e-Science: Second Life conference LIVE
- Famous Scientific Bloggers in Second Life: LIVE
- Live Coverage: SciFoo lives on session about videos in science
- SciFoo lives on in Second Life: Web 2.0 and Medicine
- Live Blogging Today: First Medical Simulation in Second Life!
- Unique Medical Simulation in Second Life!
- Everything about Second Life and Medical Education
- New Educational Tools in Second Life
- Genetics in Second Life
- NHS London in Second Life
- Interview about the genetic revolution of Second Life
- Electronic Medical Records in a Virtual Hospital: Interview!
- From Virtuality to Reality: Second Life Fitness