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.