By ANDREA L. FOSTER
Harvard University plans to hold its first class in a “virtual world” this fall, using a video-gamelike environment called Second Life.
Charles Nesson, a renowned professor at Harvard Law School, is teaming up with his daughter, Rebecca Nesson, an instructor at Harvard Extension School, to offer a course on argument in cyberspace that is open to the public through the extension school.
Second Life, a virtual world in which many people assume the identities of animated characters and roam around socializing, building virtual houses, and trading virtual goods, has become a popular teaching tool among professors because it allows students to experiment with architectural design, to study monetary policy, and to do sociology research — to name just a few educational uses — in an enclosed, relatively risk-free environment.
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