Social media is more and more involved in our daily life. But how will this affect to online education and e learning? The research of one Finnish student, Harri Paalanen, states that there is room for development in this area. See his thesis abstract:
A change can be identified in the business environment. Different enterprises are opening up their processes to others and they are networking together. Also smaller companies have the possibility to reach foreign markets while working in networks.
This thesis concentrates on the latest research on innovation, the conditions that enable the innovation process, how these conditions or environments can be lead and how one can learn in these environments. This thesis is also a project, which deals with the Second Life environment and also aims to combine it with the Moodle elearning platform using Sloodle tools. Main aim of the project was to test whether a Moodle course can be processed into a Second Life course.
A complete Moodle course on innovation management was used as a starting point for this new Second Life –course. The basic structure remained almost the same, but the contents of the course had to be modified. Most of the developer’s time and energy was directed to learning how to use Second Life and programming with Linden Lab Scripting (LSL) language used for different functionalities in the course. Not all of the functionalities were finished during this project. The project continues on even after this thesis. This project showed that the development is possible.
His thesis (in Finnish) can be downloaded here