Learning Technology Development Council (LTDC)

UWS Second Life Initiative - 2009-Ongoing

Background

UWS has leased a parcel of land in the Second Life Virtual World – InWorld Wisconsin. The goal of this project is promote the sharing of Virtual World expertise and to explore Virtual World pedagogy among UW campuses. The InWorld Island will provide a place for faculty a sandbox to develop and design teaching and learning activities in Second Life, especially if their home campus does not provide such an environment.  

The Project

The Office of Learning Technology Development provided funding for a two-year lease of the InWorld Wisconsin Island. Patricia Fellows and Scott Resser, both at UW-Extension and UW Colleges prvided leadership to manage the use of the island and provided ‘Open House’ orientation sessions to both instructional support staff and faculty during the Spring 2010 semester. Several faculty have started using the island build activities for their course. A Second Life Working Group is formed with additional expertise from Leif Nelson at UW-Green Bay and Tanya Joosten at UWM. A Second Life Conference was held in June with nationally known experts and local faculty to showcase their work. {LINK to appropriate site}

Next Step

The Second Life Work Group has planned a series for workshops  for the 2010-2011 academic year to advance the skills of UW faculty interested in pursuing the technology and pedagogy options of this virtual environment.
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