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UT Arlington in Second Life: Past, Present, Future






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    UT Arlington in Second Life: Past, Present, Future UT Arlington in Second Life: Past, Present, Future Presentation Transcript

    • UT Arlington in Second Life Past, Present, and Future University Library Committee-November 9, 2010 Sarah Jones, UT Arlington Library
    • UTA in Second Life: The Backstory
      • University of Texas System grant: "Transforming Undergraduate Education“ -- http://tuelearningcommunity.com/ (July 2009-July 2010) pioneered by Dr. Leslie Jarmon, UT Austin
      • 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
    • Accomplishments
      • Facilities for meetings, classes, study groups, conferences, and exhibitions – see the UTA Island Directory
      • Interest meetings, Information Fair, Focus on Technology, New Maverick Orientation, Welcome Week Open House
      • Press coverage: The Shorthorn, The 33 News
      • Class activities: Nursing, English
      • FLOC exhibit on food sustainability
      • Website with info, tutorials, and resources / Facebook page & Twitter feed
      • College of Nursing Genomics Journal Club
      • Undergraduate advising for the Department of Sociology & Anthropology
      • UT System Undergraduate Conference
      • “ The Value of Second Life to Nursing” continuing education workshop
    • UT Arlington in Second Life
    • Conference Room
    • Open-air Classroom
    • Academic Commons
    • UT Arlington Conference Center
    • Conference Center Exhibit Hall
    • Places to relax
    • Places to think
    • Challenges
      • Challenges:
        • Technology – graphics card, processor speed, broadband internet
        • Acculturation – being represented as an avatar in a 3D, synchronous, shared online environment
        • Translation – pedagogy and research in a virtual world
      • But.. A view to the past…
    • UTA Web Site, June 1997
    • UTA Library Web Site, June 1997
    • A View of the Past
      • Evolution of the UTA web presence over 15 years
      • Adoption of WebCT 10 years ago
      • UTA hosted blogs as a response to faculty using Blogger
      • The challenges of getting syllabi posted online
      • Even email until relatively recently
        • Student MavMail
        • Library paper overdue notices
      • Virtual Worlds – revisiting the web of the mid 1990s
    • So, why Second Life?
      • Sense of Self
      • Sense of Place
      • Sense of Presence
      • Immersive, sensory experience
      • Synchronous, collaborative environment – more engaging than a web or video conference
      • Cost-effective alternative to travel, commuting, parking
    • The Future
        • Year One: funded by the UT System, with support from the Library (1/2 of my time)
        • Year Two: funded jointly by the Office of the Provost, the Library, the College of Nursing and the College of Liberal Arts
        • Beyond?
          • Closer collaboration with other UT System schools to share space and resources
          • Exploration of companion platforms (rapid growth among educators, less expensive, but technical challenges behind the scenes)
          • Research into locally hosted compatible spaces
    • The Future
        • Millions of kids, tweens and teens are currently using online social spaces and games
          • Already accustomed to being represented as an avatar
          • Already accustomed to the style of interacting, moving, and using an online 3D environment
        • Will we be ready when they get to college?
    • UT Arlington in Second Life
      • UTA SL website - www.uta.edu/secondlife
        • Follow on Facebook or Twitter or read postings on the site
        • Log in directly to UTA land
      • Contact me: Sarah Jones - [email_address]
      • University of Texas Arlington, Digital Library Services
      • In SL: Razitra Artizar (Raz)
      • www.slideshare.net/razitra