I spoke from within Second Life at the 6th European Conference on e-Guidance
on Widening Access to Lifelong Guidance using the Virtual World of Second Life. Here is an abstract of my talk where I asserted that simulated workplaces can be used at all stages of an individual’s career to give them access to work-like experiences and environments that are difficult, costly or hazardous to visit in RL. For example a class can meet and interact with real hospital staff in their simulated hospital whereas a visit to a real hospital would be restricted in many ways. With the assistance of Raimo Vuorinen of University of Jyväskylä in Finland (in RL), Robin Winter (Imperial College) and Jaana Kettunen (Finland) – both in SL, I illustrated my talk by touring around one of our virtual hospital wards and took questions from the RL audience in Riga. I was originally invited to give this talk in Riga but decided it would be more effective and saved the EU almost 1000 Euros for me to use Second Life instead.
The conference was jointly organized by the ELPGN – European Lifelong Guidance Policy Network and by the eGOS project with the support of the European Commission through the Lifelong Learning and CIP programmes.