december, 2020

06dec7:00 am7:30 amFeaturedRenewed & New [Pandemic-Related] Interest in Virtual World Educational Simulations7:00 am - 7:30 am Keynote Auditorium

Speakers for this event

  • Kay McLennan

    Kay McLennan

    Kay McLennan is a Professor of Practice at the Tulane University School of Professional Advancement. Kay created the Tulane SoPA Metaverse and has been creating and using virtual world learning simulations in her online economics, business studies, and online pedagogy courses since 2008. Kay uses student feedback to continually refine and expand the educational simulations she creates to use in her e-courses. She has written about her creation and use of OpenSimulator-based learning simulations – see "Interactivity, Engagement, and Increased Learning Outcomes in 3D Virtual World Educational Simulations" (@, “Prisoners’ Dilemma” simulation use case example (@, and “Data Detectives Game” simulation use case example (@ Also, the video clips from the December 2018 “Mainstreaming Virtual World Learning Colloquium” event – organized by Kay -- can be viewed @


Event Details

Session will detail the results of a recent survey of educators (to find out about educators’ expected virtual world and virtual reality learning simulation use during the current pandemic-impacted academic year). Spoiler alert — most of the educators surveyed plan to expand their use of virtual world learning simulations (while the educators foresee a reduction in their use of virtual reality headset-based simulations). Also, this session will explore the topic of “right sizing” virtual world learning simulations – as guidance [for new and experienced users] on how to maximize student engagement and learning outcomes.