Posted by: Randolph Hollingsworth | February 7, 2011

2009-10 UKSL courses, research, presentations and publications

FALL 2009

Faculty/Staff Development Module on Second Life, developed by Patsy Carruthers (TASC) for “Connected Campus Web 2.0” self-paced tutorials.

Presentation by April Richardson, Jennifer Brueckner, Sandy Challman, et al., “A Novel Simulation of Cadaver-based Learning in a Virtual Anatomy Experience Using Second Life™” at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio for the American Association of Clinical Anatomists, July 2009.

Kraemer, Beth, “Education and Teen Second Life.”  The Technology Enhanced Classroom (TEC) Conference, Lexington, KY, Jun 12, 2009.

Kraemer, Beth, “Speed Geek” (Session organizer), Second Life Education Community Conference, San Francisco, CA, Aug.2009.

Day, Kenneth, David Horrar, Beth Kraemer, LuAnn Phillips, Jane Wilde, “Must play well with others:  Recruiting, supporting and inspiring collaborative projects.” Second Life Education Community Conference, San Francisco, CA, Aug, 2009.

Daniels, Cheri, Miranda Hines, David Horrar, Virginia McClure, Beth Kraemer, and Enid Wohlstein, “Educational Uses of Second Life in Kentucky.” Kentucky Library Association, Louisville, KY, Sept. 30, 2009.

Dr. April Richardson, Anatomy & Neurobiology, directed the building of a virtual anatomy lab on the UK SL island where pre-professional students convene to discuss anatomy, relevant case studies, and palpations. A small group of undergraduates who took ANA 209 (Principles of Human Anatomy) piloted the use of the learning space.  Dr. Richardson used the pterygopalatine fossa replica in the UKSL virtual anatomy lab as a supplemental teaching tool for MD 814 (Medical Gross Anatomy).  In addition, a Second Life case study was incorporated into the Nursing anatomy course, ANA 109 (Principles of Human Anatomy).  Dianna Vice (University of Kentucky Registered Nurse) represented a patient avatar in Second Life.  The session was broadcast to the students during class and she could interact with them as they tried to diagnose her condition.

Discussion session on James McBride’s Color of Water, UK Common Reading, October 12, 2009, facilitated by Miranda Hines (UK Libraries).

Kraemer, Beth and Chris Smith, “College Fair in Second Life.”  Interview on Tonight Live with Paisley Beebe, Nov 15, 2009. (Web archive:

Trueman, Rhonda, Beth Kraemer and Chris Smith, “Second Life College Fair.”  ISTE Speaker Series, Oct. 20, 2009.

Research project by Mark Schneider (Instructional Systems Design, College of Education), with collaborating students to identify Native and Invasive Kentucky Plant Species in Second Life: A Mixed Method Study of Virtual Inquiry.

Dr. Joan Mazur, professor in Curriculum & Instruction, Instructional Systems Design conducted EDC543 (Digital Game-based Learning & Instruction) on the UK SL island. Classroom exercises and projects in Second Life allowed students to develop basic video game production skills including the use of graphical and video assets, flash animations storyboarding, equipment, terminology and systems, message design issues and research on DGB. A real-world client-project is the capstone for the course.

Dr. Phil Kraemer, Psychology Department, replicated a classic psychology research study in Second Life.  Two undergraduate psychology students are involved in re-creating the experimental set-up in Second Life, designing the study, and serving as experimenters.

UKSL Community Members’ publications include:

  • Challman, S.D., Thomas, M. V., Wathen, B.; Stein, P.S., Hinton, B., Hutchins, B.  (March 2010).  Dental Grand Rounds Without Walls: Harnessing the Potential of Virtual Worlds (Second Life).  Accepted Poster Abstract, ADEA, DC.
  • Blackford, A. (Summer 2010).  “The Doctor is in (World),” Perspectives:  A Publication by the University of Kentucky, College of Dentistry. Lexington, KY.
  • Ashford, Robin, Denise Cote, Beth Kraemer and Diane Nahl, “Academic Librarians in Second Life: Roles, Benefits, and Challenges.”  TCC 2010 Worldwide Online Conference, April 20-22, 2010.
  • “A Novel Use of Second Life (SL) Technology to Teach the Pterygopalatine Fossa to Medical Students,” April Dawn Richardson, Jennifer Brueckner and Matt Hazzard,   FASEB J., April 2010, 24 (Meeting Abstract Supplement) 176.4.
  • Cote, Denise, Robin Ashford, Diane Nahl, and Beth Kraemer, “Academic Librarians in Second Life: A Survey of Roles, Benefits, and Challenges.”  The Future is Now: Libraries and Museums in Virtual Worlds, March 5 and 6, 2010. 
  • Daniels, Cheri and Beth Kraemer, “Virtual Collaboration: Exhibits & Educational Events at the University of Kentucky Libraries in Second Life.” The Future is Now: Libraries and Museums in Virtual Worlds, March 5 and 6, 2010.  (Also served as poster session co-coordinator.)
  • Manuscript of “Memoirs of an Avatar: A Feminist Exploration of Right-Wing Worlds Flourishing in,” developed by Dr. Randolph Hollingsworth (Office of Undergraduate Education) submitted for inclusion in Women of the Right:  Comparisons and Exchanges Across National Borders, co-edited by Kathleen Blee and Sandra McGee Deutsch; accepted for publication by the Pennsylvania State University Press (expected publication date March 2012).

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