An Entire Statewide University System Goes Virtual<br />Mario Guerra - UT Austin<br />Carmen Fies, Ph.D. - UT San Antonio<...
How did this project start?BluewaveOgee/ Dr. Leslie Jarmon<br />
How is project success being measured?<br />Campus participation and collaboration<br />VL in undergraduate courses<br />C...
What major obstacles have been encountered in the project and which are still lingering?<br />
How are 16 geo-spatially separated campuses collaborating in virtual worlds?<br />
How has each campus fostered faculty buy in?<br />Second Life Challenge<br />Provide Incentives:<br /><ul><li>Laptop, 8GB ...
$500 support to present research at a conference</li></ul>9 classes being taught in SL this semester<br />
How does each campus support faculty and student use?<br />Division of Instructional Innovation and Assessment<br />3 tier...
How does each campus support faculty and student use?<br />Center for Online Learning, Teaching & Technology is the suppor...
Provide content: builds, gadgets, uploading textures for them, etc.
Being available</li></li></ul><li>How has each campus built out or planned to build out their island?<br />
How has each campus built out or planned to build out their island?<br />
How has each campus built out or planned to build out their island?<br /><ul><li>Designated with class
UTPanAmerican One provide resources about our university.
UTPanAmerican Two: Sandbox
UT PanAmerican Three: small city for sims.</li></li></ul><li>How has each campus built out or planned to build out their i...
How has each campus built out or planned to build out their island?<br />
How does each campus plan to fund their islands after the grant ends?<br />Tuition fees<br /><ul><li>½ from the Provost
$1,000 each from the deans of Nursing and Liberal Arts
the balance from the dean of the Library
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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, 2010.

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  1. 1. An Entire Statewide University System Goes Virtual<br />Mario Guerra - UT Austin<br />Carmen Fies, Ph.D. - UT San Antonio<br />Jessica Sanchez - UT Pan American<br />Saul Gutierrez - UT El Paso<br />Sarah Jones - UT Arlington<br />
  2. 2. How did this project start?BluewaveOgee/ Dr. Leslie Jarmon<br />
  3. 3.
  4. 4. How is project success being measured?<br />Campus participation and collaboration<br />VL in undergraduate courses<br />Cost savings<br />IRB approved research studies<br />Undergraduate conference<br />http://tuelearningcommunity.com/vlci/<br />
  5. 5. What major obstacles have been encountered in the project and which are still lingering?<br />
  6. 6. How are 16 geo-spatially separated campuses collaborating in virtual worlds?<br />
  7. 7. How has each campus fostered faculty buy in?<br />Second Life Challenge<br />Provide Incentives:<br /><ul><li>Laptop, 8GB flash drive, WebCamw/ Mic, headset, Linden dollars for building
  8. 8. $500 support to present research at a conference</li></ul>9 classes being taught in SL this semester<br />
  9. 9. How does each campus support faculty and student use?<br />Division of Instructional Innovation and Assessment<br />3 tiered approach<br />Tech support<br />Pedagogical support<br />Assessment support<br />
  10. 10. How does each campus support faculty and student use?<br />Center for Online Learning, Teaching & Technology is the support area for our University.<br />Dedicated 1 full time staff and 3 part time students.<br />Good relations with IT to get computer labs set up with SL<br />Provide open trainings.<br /><ul><li>Meet one-on-one and in groups for demos, activity brainstorming, and orientation
  11. 11. Provide content: builds, gadgets, uploading textures for them, etc.
  12. 12. Being available</li></li></ul><li>How has each campus built out or planned to build out their island?<br />
  13. 13. How has each campus built out or planned to build out their island?<br />
  14. 14. How has each campus built out or planned to build out their island?<br /><ul><li>Designated with class
  15. 15. UTPanAmerican One provide resources about our university.
  16. 16. UTPanAmerican Two: Sandbox
  17. 17. UT PanAmerican Three: small city for sims.</li></li></ul><li>How has each campus built out or planned to build out their island?<br />UTArlington I<br />Welcome Center, Orientation area, large auditorium<br />Maverick Café – café, gallery/exhibition space, and conference room<br />UTArlington II<br />Class and group meeting spaces<br />Sandbox area (to be relocated from UTArlington III)<br />UTArlington III<br />Academic Commons<br />Faculty offices and studios<br />
  18. 18. How has each campus built out or planned to build out their island?<br />
  19. 19. How does each campus plan to fund their islands after the grant ends?<br />Tuition fees<br /><ul><li>½ from the Provost
  20. 20. $1,000 each from the deans of Nursing and Liberal Arts
  21. 21. the balance from the dean of the Library
  22. 22. ½ FTE for the campus lead from the Library</li></ul>Division of Instructional Innovation and Assessment<br />
  23. 23. How does each campus plan to fund their islands after the grant ends?<br />
  24. 24. How will the project continue to grow & evolve?<br />Second Life Challenge continued..<br />Cross collaboration between institutions and other universities.<br />Goal: is to increase awareness and use in our institution as well as locally<br />Evolve: internally grow in our skill set with scripting and make more intricate simulations.<br />
  25. 25. How will this project continue to grow and evolve?<br />
  26. 26. How will this project continue to grow and evolve?<br />Activities coming up:<br /><ul><li>Genomics Journal Club (College of Nursing)
  27. 27. Freshman Leaders On Campus – SL version of their RL exhibits on food sustainability: “You Are What You Eat”
  28. 28. Pilot build for a World Café style facilitated group discussion
  29. 29. Interdisciplinary projects with the College of Liberal Arts
  30. 30. Incorporation into a new Digital Media track in Art for the undergraduate University Studies degree
  31. 31. Use of SL as a student recruitment venue
  32. 32. Continued outreach to faculty, students, and student groups</li></li></ul><li>Contact Information<br />Luigi Miles (SL)Mario Guerra - UT Austinmariog@austin.utexas.edu<br />constructivISTSolo (SL)Carmen Fies, Ph.D. – UT San AntonioCarmen.Fies@utsa.edu<br />zhskaTakacs (SL)Jessica Sanchez –UT Pan Americanjessica@utpa.edu<br />RazitraArtizar (SL)Sarah Jones – UT Arlingtonsjones@uta.edu<br />Saul115 Maximus (SL)Saul Gutierrez – UT El Pasosagutierrez@utep.edu<br />
  33. 33. http://www.slideshare.net/razitra<br />
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