Using Second Life® for Workplace Learning: Analysis and ResourceImmersive environments – such as virtual worlds and video games – have attracted attention as potential environments for work and learning. Forrester has predicted that, within five years, the 3-D Internet will be as important for work as the Web is today. Gartner has predicted that 80 percent of Internet users will be in a virtual world by 2011.

Second Life is the best known virtual world environment and has attracted a huge amount of interest from the learning community. In fact, Second Life is one of the most important innovations in online learning today.

This report, “Using Second Life® for Workplace Learning: Analysis and Resources,” provides the key information you need to help evaluate the potential benefits of using this platform. Written by Brandon Hall Research Analyst and Second Life expert, Tom Werner, this report analyzes the current practices of using Second Life for learning and provides conclusions and recommendations for adopting this technology.

Rachel Cooke

Chief Operating Officer Rachel Cooke Rachel is responsible for business operations including overseeing client services, research events and project management. Prior to joining Brandon Hall Group, Rachel was the Chief Operating Officer Co-founder of AC Growth. Rachel has over 15 years of experience in sales, marketing, business development, and sales performance management. Prior to AC Growth, she held several senior management roles and was on the leadership team at Bersin & Associates, a pioneer analyst firm in e-learning and now industry leading HR and talent Research Company. In her Senior Director role, Rachel developed the strategy and led the commercial execution of the solution provider vertical, and grew the vertical into the company’s largest market segment. In her role as Director of Sales, Rachel developed and led a team of senior account executives focused on acquiring global strategic accounts. Rachel was solely responsible for developing key business relationships with over ninety companies including industry icons, such as: Adidas, Hewlett-Packard, Toyota, Oracle, Starbucks, Avnet, Boeing, Kaiser Permanente, Safeway Inc., Wells Fargo, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Clorox and Affiliated Computer Services. Rachel began her career in the banking, media and hospitality industries. In these industries, Rachel held several key senior management and executive sales positions. Rachel received a BA in social science and interdisciplinary studies with honors from Florida Atlantic University. Rachel continued her postgraduate education by completing a series of executive management education courses from American Management Association.