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  • 1. UT Arlington in Second Life ® From Zero to Now in 3 1/2 months December 15, 2009
  • 2. UT Arlington in Second Life ®
    • UT System grant: "Transforming Undergraduate Education“ -- http://tuelearningcommunity.com/
    • One year's funding for land for all campuses and health science centers
    • The first university system-wide initiative
    • Goal: Virtual Learning Community
      • Researchers, instructors, students, administrators, staff
      • Cost savings for travel
      • Environmental sustainability: travel, brick & mortar overhead
      • Addition to DE toolkit
      • Exploration of immersive environment for education
  • 3.  
  • 4. UT Arlington in Second Life ®
    • What we have now
      • 3 islands
      • Welcome center
      • Auditoriums and gathering spaces for small, medium and large groups
      • Conference room with gallery space and café
      • Office space
      • Sandbox for building practice and collaborative projects
      • Orientation area (still in construction)
      • Room to grow
  • 5. UTArlington I
  • 6. Gallery space, café and conference room on UTArlington I
  • 7.  
  • 8. UTArlington II
  • 9. Sandbox on UTArlington III
  • 10. UT Arlington in Second Life ®
    • What's coming up
      • Virtual Genomic Research Lab (Nursing)
      • Collaborate with other UT System institutions on medical/nursing simulations
      • Investigate virtual graduation ceremonies
      • Interdisciplinary project with the College of Liberal Arts
      • Continued outreach to faculty, students, student groups, and campus units
  • 11.  
  • 12. UT Arlington in Second Life ®
    • Remember the "old days"?
      • When the internet was hard, expensive, and web surfing was not something you admitted to doing much of
      • When using a mouse was new and awkward
      • When the web was filled with garish colors
      • When the metaphor for a web site was pages in a book
      • That's where we are with virtual worlds and mainstream uses
    • Where do libraries fit?
      • We support education
      • We figure out information spaces!
      • Preserving Virtual Worlds project - http://pvw.illinois.edu/pvw/
      • Preparing for the future
  • 13.  
  • 14. UT Arlington in Second Life ®
    • I need your help! If you're interested or curious to find out more, contact me
    • Web site - www.uta.edu/secondlife
      • Follow on Facebook or Twitter or read postings on the site
      • Log in directly to UTA land
    • Contact me: sjones@uta.edu
    • In SL: Razitra Artizar (Raz)