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Rebecca Nesson & Charles Nesson, The Case for Education in Virtual Worlds, 11 Space & Culture 273 (2008).

Abstract: This article is a practical, often ethnographically based, argument for the current value and future potential of virtual worlds in education that attempts to specifically address the concerns and reservations of the many thoughtful educators and observers who are not yet convinced. It relates our experience teaching the course `CyberOne: Law in the Court of Public Opinion` at Harvard and in Second Life and the principles for successful teaching in a virtual environment that we derived from it: (a) use the technology for what it is good for and not for what it does not do well, (b) seek advantages in what appear to be limitations, and (c) where new capabilities are offered, find ways to use them.