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The University of Texas System has entered Second Life. Learn about the project and its successes, challenges, and future. Presented at VWBPE 2010-Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education, March 12, ...

The University of Texas System has entered Second Life. Learn about the project and its successes, challenges, and future. Presented at VWBPE 2010-Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education, March 12, 2010.

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  • An Entire Statewide University System Goes Virtual
    Mario Guerra - UT Austin
    Carmen Fies, Ph.D. - UT San Antonio
    Jessica Sanchez - UT Pan American
    Saul Gutierrez - UT El Paso
    Sarah Jones - UT Arlington
  • How did this project start?BluewaveOgee/ Dr. Leslie Jarmon
  • How is project success being measured?
    Campus participation and collaboration
    VL in undergraduate courses
    Cost savings
    IRB approved research studies
    Undergraduate conference
    http://tuelearningcommunity.com/vlci/
  • What major obstacles have been encountered in the project and which are still lingering?
  • How are 16 geo-spatially separated campuses collaborating in virtual worlds?
  • How has each campus fostered faculty buy in?
    Second Life Challenge
    Provide Incentives:
    • Laptop, 8GB flash drive, WebCamw/ Mic, headset, Linden dollars for building
    • $500 support to present research at a conference
    9 classes being taught in SL this semester
  • How does each campus support faculty and student use?
    Division of Instructional Innovation and Assessment
    3 tiered approach
    Tech support
    Pedagogical support
    Assessment support
  • How does each campus support faculty and student use?
    Center for Online Learning, Teaching & Technology is the support area for our University.
    Dedicated 1 full time staff and 3 part time students.
    Good relations with IT to get computer labs set up with SL
    Provide open trainings.
    • Meet one-on-one and in groups for demos, activity brainstorming, and orientation
    • Provide content: builds, gadgets, uploading textures for them, etc.
    • Being available
  • How has each campus built out or planned to build out their island?
  • How has each campus built out or planned to build out their island?
  • How has each campus built out or planned to build out their island?
    • Designated with class
    • UTPanAmerican One provide resources about our university.
    • UTPanAmerican Two: Sandbox
    • UT PanAmerican Three: small city for sims.
  • How has each campus built out or planned to build out their island?
    UTArlington I
    Welcome Center, Orientation area, large auditorium
    Maverick Café – café, gallery/exhibition space, and conference room
    UTArlington II
    Class and group meeting spaces
    Sandbox area (to be relocated from UTArlington III)
    UTArlington III
    Academic Commons
    Faculty offices and studios
  • How has each campus built out or planned to build out their island?
  • How does each campus plan to fund their islands after the grant ends?
    Tuition fees
    • ½ from the Provost
    • $1,000 each from the deans of Nursing and Liberal Arts
    • the balance from the dean of the Library
    • ½ FTE for the campus lead from the Library
    Division of Instructional Innovation and Assessment
  • How does each campus plan to fund their islands after the grant ends?
  • How will the project continue to grow & evolve?
    Second Life Challenge continued..
    Cross collaboration between institutions and other universities.
    Goal: is to increase awareness and use in our institution as well as locally
    Evolve: internally grow in our skill set with scripting and make more intricate simulations.
  • How will this project continue to grow and evolve?
  • How will this project continue to grow and evolve?
    Activities coming up:
    • Genomics Journal Club (College of Nursing)
    • Freshman Leaders On Campus – SL version of their RL exhibits on food sustainability: “You Are What You Eat”
    • Pilot build for a World Café style facilitated group discussion
    • Interdisciplinary projects with the College of Liberal Arts
    • Incorporation into a new Digital Media track in Art for the undergraduate University Studies degree
    • Use of SL as a student recruitment venue
    • Continued outreach to faculty, students, and student groups
  • Contact Information
    Luigi Miles (SL)Mario Guerra - UT Austinmariog@austin.utexas.edu
    constructivISTSolo (SL)Carmen Fies, Ph.D. – UT San AntonioCarmen.Fies@utsa.edu
    zhskaTakacs (SL)Jessica Sanchez –UT Pan Americanjessica@utpa.edu
    RazitraArtizar (SL)Sarah Jones – UT Arlingtonsjones@uta.edu
    Saul115 Maximus (SL)Saul Gutierrez – UT El Pasosagutierrez@utep.edu
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