U of Texas Statewide Initiative

It’s not too late, if you are free at 1:00 pm Eastern time, to attend an online discussion of the U of Texas Statewide Initiative in Second Life®. See the details here: http://www.nmc.org/connect/2009/november

2:15 update: Okay, I probably shouldn’t post about the discussion so soon afterward, as I’m still dizzy over the fact of UT having an archipelago of 49 islands! That’s right, an archipelago. Well, I have to run to a real world meeting, which should bring me back to reality, and then I’ll let you know more about their project. Archipelago? Wow!

4:30 update: First, here are a few links to relevant UT sites where the initiative is discussed:

http://tuelearningcommunity.com/vlci/

http://www.tuelearningcommunity.com/

SLurl™ links are hard to find online, so when you go to this one for UT Austin, save a landmark and then wander to the other islands in the archipelago from there: http://slurl.com/secondlife/UT Austin 1/149/127/22

On the first link to the VLCI site, you can read (from the sidebar) a number of details about the initiative, which is quite grand in scope. The university system did not start small, but has taken the giant leap of offering 3 sims to each of its 15 campuses, as well as a four island central hub. As the project lead, Leslie Jarmon/Bluewave Ogee*, created a proposal to create spaces for research, instruction, and administrative activities, with each campus in charge of its own direction and development.

The UT system has 9 academic campuses and 6 medical/health science campuses, so there is plenty of diversity in the project. I’m sure we can look forward to much valuable information coming from this project as they complete their first year and submit a lot of data.

If you visit or attend any events there, we’d like to hear from you. And we’ll keep you posted as well.

*Dr. Jarmon passed away not long after this presentation after a long illness. Obituary.

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