Texas Begins Massive Effort in Second Life
Early last month the University of Texas system announced that it will use Second Life as a vehicle for a statewide learning community. The first-of-its-kind project involves students, faculty, researchers and administrators at sixteen campuses and integrates IRB-approved research and assessment. The Virtual Learning Community Initiative (VLCI) emphasizes teaching in the areas of science/ math, international/ intercultural, and health/ medical. And VLCI should have lots of elbow room in their huge 49-island archipelago. [Read more at their website]
It would be a serious understatement to say that this is a major development. Just think about it – an educational virtual world initiative conducted on a statewide level with public funding. Even the campus in the hardscrabble border city of Brownsville, where my daughter used to live, is involved. I can’t wait to see what the research and assessment folks come up with when it’s over.