Experiencing Information Literacy in Second Life

  • Denyse B Rodrigues Mount Saint Vincent University
  • DeNel Rehberg Sedo Mount Saint Vincent University


Brave or naive, but aware of the research, teaching and play potential, the authors plunged into teaching part of an employee communication course at Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax, Nova Scotia in Second Life, a virtual environment. Using the analytical tools of observational protocols, and discourse analysis of rhetorical accounts found in student and teacher reaction logs, discussion transcripts and focus group interviews, we situated ourselves among the learners to explore the threshold concept of information literacy in our classroom in Second Life.

Author Biographies

Denyse B Rodrigues, Mount Saint Vincent University
Denyse Rodrigues, Extended Services Librarian, has a MISt, Library and Information Sciences, from the University of Toronto and a MA in Geography from York University. She is keenly interested in all technologies that facilitate the provision of library services to off-campus students.
DeNel Rehberg Sedo, Mount Saint Vincent University
Dr. DeNel Rehberg Sedo is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Public Relations at Mount Saint Vincent University. She takes an interdisciplinary approach to the study of public relations. She teaches communication theory, research methods, organizational management or public relations and employer relations.
Theory and Research