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Welcome to the Really Engaging Accounting Wiki.
How can we teach a subject, centuries old, in a new an engaging way?
How can we interact with students when we teach on-line?
How can students interact with us, with other students in a way that fosters immersion, sense of presence, sense of place, in other words a social place to learn?
How can we make accounting exciting?
How can we design learning objects based on abstract ideas and make them real?
Second Life™ is how.
I use Second Life to foster a sense of engagement for my students as they learn the foundations of financial accounting, but more then engaging the students I hope that the Second Life environment creates a sense of immersion and place where they can meet and interact with me, my teaching assistant, and each other to learn accounting. I find it remarkable every semester as I literally watch my students do HW - this means that I don't assess assignment after they have been completed (well of course I must do that), but I can see student's work progress, I can be there, I can guide them if they are doing something wrong - this is very powerful.
I use Second Life asynchronously by necessity, I teach very large sections 700 - 900 students each semester and just like on campus you can't do much teaching with that many students in one place and one time. I have a classroom area, located on the island of
, leased by my department at the
University of Central Florida
New Media Consortium
(plus a quite little annex that most students don't know about, shhhh I like the quite sometimes). The class is not really a class at all, while there are buildings there is no classroom, but there are viewing areas to watch lectures (on T-account seats or an underwater bench , how cool!). There is a regular office with a desk and chair which can act as a bridge to what students might expect from a learning environment. But there are also things that can't be done anywhere else, there is an accounting equation - it's is a physical thing no longer an abstraction. It listens to you if you know about the chart of accounts and want to chat with it, of course it only pays attentions to business transactions and doesn't talk back, just happily increases and decreases Assets and Liabilities and Stockholders Equity accounts. And there is a T-Account that you can walk on and you can become a debit and you can become a credit (dare I say it again, how cool!).
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