"Africa is, indeed, coming into fashion." - Horace Walpole (1774)


they must be joking

As if I want to encourage this sort of thing?!?

Introduction to Second Life for Teaching & Learning (Demonstration)

This session presents an overview of teaching and learning in the 3-D
virtual world environment of Second Life and will include interaction with
other educators and experts in Second Life. Virtual worlds like Second Life
are 3-D open social technologies where students and instructors can connect
online and interact simultaneously as "avatars" (virtual representations of
yourselves). It is not a game but rather an inherently social experience
with a strong sense of "place." The over 15 million residents of Second
Life, for example, can explore museums, meet experts from other schools,
collaborate on learning projects, participate in class activities, and
engage in business, art, film, and literature studies. Some 300 universities
and educational institutions already have a virtual presence in Second Life
- conducting classes, creating models of knowledge and data, holding student
team meetings, collaborating with students and teachers at other
universities, expanding the range of partners in learning, and sharing new
learning at virtual conferences and educational forums.


Blogger euphrony said...

I've heard of such collaborations over a distance in the past. They often involved what are called "telephones" and what was called a "teleconference". More recently it may have included "video" or "net chats". Even, on occasion, a "face-to-face" chat.

But, at long last, we can do all this with and Avatar. I don't know how we got by before - really, I don't?

Monday, February 02, 2009 2:57:00 PM

Blogger texasinafrica said...

We should have our I2A conference calls via avatar.

Monday, February 02, 2009 3:36:00 PM

Blogger UPennBen said...

Hasn't Second Life gone bankrupt yet?

Monday, February 02, 2009 5:48:00 PM

Blogger texasinafrica said...

Maybe people are still paying for things that don't exist in this recession... Or maybe educational outreach is their new business plan.

Monday, February 02, 2009 7:31:00 PM


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