I've often heard about the educational potential (especially for distance and online learning) of virtual worlds, but I haven't ever really seen it in action. I remember a teacher at a school I used to work at created a whole virtual world using Atmosphere Builder (which, sadly, no longer is available) based on the school he was teaching in, and students could enter with an avatar, walk around, read the notices, talk to each other and so on.
However, that was about 6 or 7 years ago - virtual words have definitely moved on since then, if you look at the explosion of games like Second Life and World of Warcraft. Anyway, I guess I'm saying is there anyone out there using them? What do you think are the educational benefits? What are the risks?
Here's a link to an interesting article from Australia about them http://www.theaustralian.com.au/higher-education/opinion-analysis/virtua...