A recent post by the Second Life Education in New Zealand covered a recent report from the University of Florida about training in Second Life. I found this thanks to a Twitter post by GiannaBorgnine.
The study found that 93% of college instructors using Second Life in classes were satisfied enough to do it again and felt it enhanced the learning experience.
"Post-secondary school instructors who conduct classes fully in Second Life are significantly more satisfied than those who use Second Life as only a small supplement to a real-world classes, according to an international research project from the University of Florida, reported in the Winter 2009 edition of the International Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences."
You can read a full copy of the report here Download Second Life Education
Turns out there are several accounting educators breaking new ground in Second Life:
Dr. Mike Kraten (SL-Mike1 Noel) at Suffolk University in Boston can be found teaching classes on CPA Island (see his blog at http://www.enterpriseman.net) you can visit using this link http://slurl.com/secondlife/CPA%20Island%202/183/119/29/
Dr. Steven Hornik (SL-Robins Hermano) at University of Central Florida has his own classroom in Second Life (see his blog at http://www.mydebitcredit.com) you can visit using this link http://slurl.com/secondlife/Teaching%204/68/158/22
Dr. Robert Bloomfield (SL-Beyers Sellers) at Cornell University - Johnson Graduate School of Management is somewhat of a Second Life celebrity with a weekly talk show in Second Life. (his website is http://www.metanomics.net) you can visit using this link http://slurl.com/secondlife/Metanomics%20/138/129/53/
In order to encourage accounting educators to use this exciting medium, we created an accounting education center on CPA Island2 and will put up a kiosk for any accounting educator with links to their website and school's accounting program. Visit the Accounting Education Center by using this link http://slurl.com/secondlife/CPA%20Island%202/206/211/27/
And don't miss the exciting opportunities to get Continuing Professional Education in Second LIfe - visit our blog at www.cpaisland.comto register, view archives, and see upcoming events. Look me up iin SL - Rocky Maddaloni.
If you know of other accounting educators or want a kiosk for your college or university, post your comments below and we will contact you.
Resources on Accounting Education in Second Life:
CPA Success blog post Accounting for Second Life
CPA Island blog category - Accounting Education
Journal of Accountancy article (June, 2008) Accounting for Second Life