We’re not talking about gluten free food labels about being almost gluten free.
We’re talking about literal Virtual Worlds. Specifically Second Life (http://secondlife.com/whatis/).
Recently, Gluten-Free A2 has learned about the use of virtual worlds for health education. By creating virtual spaces were your virtual self (avatar) can meet with others and receive counseling or information.
The whole thing is largely unregulated in terms of the kinds of information presented, but there are some genuinely “islands” or isolated worlds created by legitimate organization. For example, there is a state Safety Commission that’s developed a Second Life island where your avatar can run around and learn about various safety hazards, like not wearing your seat belt or the dangers of carbon monoxide.
We’re pretty sure you can’t create an avatar (virtual self) that’s gluten insensitive, so when presented with this format, Gluten-Free A2 wondered out it’s relevancy to our health concerns.
Would any of you be interested in using a virtual world to learn about a health issue? We know a lot of people use the internet to anonymously search for health information. AKA investigate what that strange dog-shaped bruise on your leg might be. Okay, that was a little bit random, but you get the idea.
At GFA2, we’re all about using as much social technology as possible to get out GF information and support. We may even have overdone it when you consider that we have a blog, Twitter, Facebook, Ning, YouTube, and various widgets all working for us. Yeah, that’s a lot.
But, this whole concept of a virtual world has got the gears turning in our heads. Having already made avatars and played around in Second Life, we’ve got some ideas but we’d love to hear yours!
Would you consider using a virtual world for counseling and receiving health education?
Would you take a gluten-free cooking class that took place at a regular time in Second Life? How else could you use a virtual world to address the needs of the GF community?
Dabble in a virtual world and let us know your thoughts!