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November 15, 2006



I recently wrote a paper on the implications of online coursework for graduate students. While it challenges our traditional assumptions about graduate schools, I do see a need for these online environments to enhance grad programs, especially with how busy our lives are and how much internet-based education can contribute to our understanding of the modern world.

However, this "Second Life" idea seems to bring up that always right red flag about taking online environments too far. After all, who is to say that the "Second Life" learning environment is authentic and that people are presenting themselves as they truly are? Does this matter? I don't really know the answers, but I bet we'll find out as this concept explodes.

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