Collapsing Geography: Distance, Learning, and Innovation

John Lester

In an increasingly technologically linked yet socially fragmented world, virtual worlds demonstrate the power to bring people together, bypassing historic geographic, professional, and generational distances to allow their residents to create knowledge and identity in collaborative spaces. Second Life demonstrates myriad ways that the technology can be applied to innovation, education, healthcare, and media. This talk will focus on ways collaboration bypasses distance in Second Life and the innovation and learning that results.

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