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Tox Town Virtual NLM

"The entire town from a birds eye view"

"The entire town from a birds eye view"

SLURL: http://slurl.com/secondlife/Virtual%20NLM/129/138/25

A virtual slice of small town America, providing examinations for environmental health students, which highlights one of the main advantages of SL: that it can provide a 3D immersive environment where a real environment would be too dangerous, impractical or expensive for students to use.

This is an excellent use of a virtual environment, but beyond teaching students, this type of simulation doesn’t appear to have much research potential. One possibility might be to use it as an information-gathering tool responding to how people interact with virtual threats as opposed to real ones, since it includes dangers that are often overlooked by members of the public. Primarily however this is a teaching tool, there is a significant level of detail as to enable students to observe a number of different potential hazards.

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