University of Texas System in Second Life

Although I don’t spend a lot of time in Second Life, that doesn’t mean there isn’t a lot of research and work going on in that world.  In September 2009, The University of Texas System funded the Virtual Learning Community Initiative which has as its goals:

  • Initiate a UT System-wide virtual learning community of students, faculty, researchers and administrators
  • Transform the learning experiences and opportunities for individual undergraduate student at the course level
  • Provide new avenues for involving students in the Undergraduate Research Initiative throughout the state

They have purchase a 49-island archipelago for the campuses. A key feature of this project is that it does not tell each campus what to do with their islands; it provides the infrastructure, training, and guidance. At the end of the year, it will be illuminating to see how each campus used these resources.


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