“ Our island is very young at the moment, but so far we have conducted classes within Second Life using the virtual classroom within Bridge Hall. The professor and students discuss current topics using the voice chat and even meet within SL to work on projects...
...they are all USC students, but this way if they live in another county they don't need to drive to campus to take the class. It's very convenient.”
Port Spinoza is a Second Life community with a theme based on Age of Enlightenment Netherlands.
The community is a wonderful collection of residences, public building, open space and waterways which all convey the feel of 17th century Amsterdam.
Port Spinoza is a community of learners.
Our mission is to provide a home in Second Life for people who see learning as an integral part of their lives, and to provide opportunities to engage in activities that support exploration, learning, and growth.
How do Residents Participate in the Life of Port Spinoza?
Residents participate by giving a talk, preparing an exhibit, conducting a performance, or organizing an educational event to which the community is invited at least once every calendar quarter. Group events and exhibits are encouraged and individual participation in their planning and implementation is credited to both individuals and the group.
Designing a sim for a university is a lot like designing a course in that you need to first identify your goals and objectives. What is your purpose for being in Second Life? What do you hope to accomplish? You also want some sort of assessment to determine whether or not you have achieved those goals. This might be a notecard drop or sensors to pull statistics.
When designing the islands for my university, I travelled far and wide around SL looking at what other colleges and universities had done. I got lots of ideas on ways we could contribute to the SL learning community. Again, as with a RL course, we storyboarded out the area and brainstormed ideas of what we could do. Developing was a snap after that.
Project Manager, eLearning Group
University Educational Technology Services (UETS) Information Systems & Technology Georgia State University
Pauline Randall (Liz Ferlinghetti in Second Life) Second Life Solution Provider Second Life Developer E-learning Consultant www.virtual-e.co.uk [email_address] virtual-e Island in Second Life http://slurl.com/secondlife/virtual%20e/130/127/24 Virtual world benefits through real world solutions