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Ethical Behaviour in Research


The video from Research Seminars at the University of Worcester Island in Second Life, couldn’t have come at a more ‘perfect’ time!

On the day of the seminar, I had a lesson on ‘Ethical Behaviour in Research’ in my Research Methods paper (which happens to be one of the best papers in the country, if not the world!).

When I logged on to SL that evening, purely for research and study methods of course, I received an invitation from the event co-ordinator, Bluesky Larkham (aka Tim Johnson). Have you noticed how the avatar name comes first?

Anyway, I couldn’t believe it! The time would have been past midnight and I would have been just a vegetable, not an avatar. so I contacted Bluesky and asked whether I could have a copy of the text chat afterwards. Well, here’s the link to the video!

Here’s the excerpt from the web site:

“October Thursday 27th 2011 , Dr Mark Childs (Gann McGann), Ethics of teaching in immersive virtual worlds (IVWs)

Video of Marks Seminar. This takes a while to load so start downloading and go and make yourself a cup of coffee :)

This discussion leads from my previous Worcester Island seminar, which was on students’ responses and resistance to learning in virtual worlds, and asks the question that, given those responses, what are the ethics of expecting students to learn in a virtual world?

The value of virtual worlds in certain learning and teaching situations has now been demonstrated beyond reasonable doubt through many case studies of effective practice, although the full range of effective uses are still being determined. There are still certain risks involved, however. The questions to be discussed in the seminar are:

    • What are the risks?
    • How do we limit these risks?
    • What are the ethical implications?
    • Do the risks outweigh the benefits?
    • What general principles should inform our practice?

This will be a guided discussion, rather than a presentation, since there are no firm rules once you’re this far down the rabbit hole.”

  1. timjohnson permalink
    07/11/2011 10:41 pm

    Thanks for the mention 🙂 I’m now following you – hope you can come and join us one day.

    • 07/11/2011 10:48 pm

      Thanks for the follow! I look forward to contributing to your seminars soon 🙂
      Your work is greatly appreciated on the site!

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