I just wonder what impact leaving businesses have on the educational life in SL which is going strong. But this is hear-say from the latest SL for educators conference by NMC people and I am not sure whether this is sweet-talking the real issue.
I will look into the commercial side of things though. This is interesting.
Here are some useful links we have been sent by Graham Davies via Robert O'Dowd the organiser of the Leon CMC SIG last week. I am sure some of you may already be familiar with this information and I apologize for multiple postings. Luisa
From Graham Davies - based on his Second Life Presentation at our workshop:
In the search for research in online learning, I have come across this study which was published in May this year which is a meta-analysis looking at more than 1000 studies that have been conducted over the last 12 years on the subject of how effective online and blended learning is.
Of the 1000 studies only 51 were selected however that met real research criteria and these have been compared and cross referenced and what cam out of it is that students perform better, on average, if they took all or part of their instruction online and fare best if they took blended courses.