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UT Arlington in Second Life

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UT Arlington in Second Life

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

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