by Sylvia Daskalova. Hanze University of Applied Sciences, School of Communication and Media,Major International Communication. March 2008
Supervisors UMCG: Pieter Davids and Guus van den Brekel.
Supervisor Hanze University: Kelly Fonteijn.
This graduation assignment has been written to fulfill the requirements of the Bachelor in Communication at the Hanze University of Applied Sciences Groningen, the Netherlands.
The main aim of the research was to ascertain if Second Life can be used as recruitment tool for international PhDs, Master students and doctors.
Additional aim was to provide general overview of other activities that UMCG can perform in Second Life, especially if the results from the research lead to negative advice regarding the possibilities for attracting more international PhDs, Master students and doctors.
While the conclusion of the main research was that, based on the research results and their analysis it is not recommended that UMCG use Second Life as recruitment tool,
"the desk research revealed that more and more universities and other educational institutions are discovering the possibilities that Second Life offer for education and training.
The virtual world provides a flexible environment for educators interested in distance learning, simulation, computer-supported cooperative work, and corporate training.
The digital innovations allow different and new types of interactions that provide better educational experiences for students.
There are more than 150 educational institutions in Second Life that provide among other things online education and training.
Some of the most successful practises are in the field of health care and medicine."
Read the complete research paper.