This week in VCARA has been a busy one. The week started off on October 7 with a presentation by Dr. Valerie Hill titled MOOCs and the Virtual Worlds. This was a rewarding presentation about educational opportunities from low to no cost. This was an active presentation with many people attending. This presentation was held in the VCARA Amphitheater.
Hey Everyone. An Update for the Tour that is taking place tomorrow evening at 6 PM SLT (Pacific) in Second Life. The location where we are meeting has changed. I was notified today that we will be meeting at a pre-arranged location set up by our hosts over at Stanford University Island. Below is the SURL that we all will use to find the location: http://slurl.com/secondlife/Stanford%20University%20Libraries/85/224/33 (May have to copy and paste). If you have any questions, feel free to e-mail Kevin Dompier at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I am hoping that your semester is going well. We are having an event-filled week in Second Life this week. This serves as a reminder to everyone who was thinking about attending, just needed to know how the week was shaping up before they said that they would attend.
Hey Everyone. Just as a reminder, here is the list of upcoming events that are taking place in VCARA:
MARK YOUR CALENDERS: OCTOBER 7, 2013: 6-7pm SLT (Pacific) Taking place in VCARA
SLIS COLLOQUIA SERIES PRESENTED BY DR. VALERIE HILL
MOOCs (massive open online courses) provide educational opportunities at no cost or low cost online. Online learning brought distance education into the mainstream over the past few decades, but the MOOC, currently popular in higher education, brings learning to more students through large-scale interactive participation. This session will describe MOOCs, advantages and disadvantages shared with virtual worlds, and the future of the MOOC through examples of various types.
October 10, 6-7 pm SLT (pacific) is the first event planned this school year by VCARA. We are going on a tour of our neighbor in Second Life, Stanford University Island. We will first take a train ride around Stanford Island and take a look at the various exhibits that they have on their Island. Our tour guide will talk about the different exhibits that they have re-created in Second Life. After the train ride, we will walk to a couple of the exhibits and our tour guide will talk in depth about a couple of them. Right after the train tour, we will have a guided tour of the Virtual Archives that are kept by Stanford University Special Collections.
I would like to just take a moment to say thank you to all of you that participates in the orientations that were held over the last 2 weeks. They were a success. I would like to remind everyone that, even though the schedules orientations are over for the Fall semester, we can still do one-on-one orientations that fit around our busy schedules. All you need to do is contact Kevin Dompier at email@example.com to set up the orientation in Second Life.
Just as a friendly reminder, we are having 2 Second Life/VCARA Orientations for students who are new to Second Life or if you have been away for a while and need a refresher course. The dates are Thursday and Friday.at 7 pm SLT (pacific). If you are interested in attending one of these sessions, we ask that you RSVP to Kevin Dompier, VCARA Student Assistant, at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are unable to attend one of these 2 scheduled sessions and would like to have an orientation in Second Life, we can set up a one on one orientation at a later date. Contact Kevin Dompier to set up a date.
The first Guest Lecturer of the year will be Ran Hinrichs from the University of Washington’s iSchool. The topic of discussion is on ‘Immersive Information Environments’ and will take place on September 24, 2013 from 6-7pm Second Life time (SLT (PST)) in VCARA. This is the surl that will lead you directly to the presentation in Second Life: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/SJSU%20SLIS/39/74/33 (This will lead you to a webpage that will allow you to teleport directly to VCARA)