The spring, 2015 VCARA estate manager, amvans Lapis/Marie Vans, was named Library director for the Community Library on the InWorldz Virtual World on April 12, 2015.
SJSU iSchool Colloquium Series talk by Alice Krueger/Gental Heron at VCARA on March 31, 2015 is now available on the VCARA YouTube channel. If you missed the event, Gentle talk about how Virtual Ability supports people with many types of disabling conditions and chronic illnesses in Second Life.
A new machinima is now available on the VCARA YouTube Channel. The “Student Learning Experiences in Second Life” machinima documents the student panel held on March 6, 2014.
Greetings! You are invited to a Virtual Worlds/Immersive Learning Seminar which will feature the opening of Info Quest, a web-based library and location for librarians, museum staff, educators, library users, students, and anyone interested.
The San Jose State School of Information will offer an immersive learning course this summer in the virtual world of Second Life. The course is: 287-10 – Virtual Worlds: Moving Through Time and Space: U.S. Revolutionary War.
John Jamison, Creative Director and Dream Realizer at ImagiLearning, Inc. will be our guest lecturer on Tuesday, February 10, 6:00pm – 7:00pm PST at VCARA. John will speak on Unity3d and Second Life. Unity3d offers educators using Second Life and OpenSim an opportunity to create more sophisticated activities, and increase accessibility to those activities. However, simply creating “pretty” virtual environments does not necessarily hold learner interest, or enhance the learning that occurs. This session explores an approach to designing Unity3d virtual learning activities that match the “virtual creation” with the learning goals, resulting in a learner experience that increases motivation and learning.
During the break, take some time to view the work completed by students in two fall immersive courses: LIBR 287 – Pre-Revolutionary France and LIBR 287 – Immersive Scholars. Machinima have been posted to the multimedia page.
Registration for Summer 2015 at SJSU SLIS and MARA is just a few weeks away. I hope you will consider taking one of the following new courses. I guarantee they will be fun and informative. We need a minimum of 12 students for each course to run.
This month’s spotlight interview is with quadrapop Lane in Second Life (SL) or quadrapop tree in all OS grid based grids. Quadrapop uses multiple avatars in the virtual world, this image is them in 3 different formats but they are just one member in the virtual world.
This month’s spotlight interview is with Alexina Proctor from InWorldz. Alexina has also previously been involved in SecondLife but a significant portion of her virtual worlds life takes place in InWorldz. Currently, she is most likely to be found on Tolmire or Sendalonde in InWorldz.