The Spring Colloquia presentation The Student Learning Experience in Second Life: A Panel Discussion [Virtual Worlds Lecture] was a success! Marie Vans (amvans.Lapis), Chris Nelson (Snow Scarmon), Sarah Walker (Veronica Gambara), and Sarah Fihe (Sarah Bookworm) did a fabulous job presenting. Great job everyone!
If you missed the Dr. Carter’s presentation, Liberating Virtual Harlem [Virtual Worlds Lecture], you can watch it here:
Looking for a way to gain conference experience without the cost of having to travel? Present a poster at the Fifth Annual VCARA Conference on May 20, 2014!
The Virtual Center for Archives and Records Administration (VCARA) of San Jose
State University is sponsoring our fifth annual conference on Access through Preservation and Documentation in the virtual meeting and learning spaces on SLIS Island. The aim of this conference is to touch on topics relating to protecting our access and preservation.
It is nearly spring and right after that is summer! So, now is a good time to start thinking about the summer courses you would like to take. There are two exciting courses that will be offered through Second Life this summer and fall.
THE VIRTUAL HARLEM PROJECT is a collaborative learning network whose purpose is to study the Harlem Renaissance, an important period in African American literary history, through the construction of a virtual reality scenario that represents Harlem, New York, as it existed in the 1920-30s. Virtual Harlem is a learning environment in which students studying the Harlem Renaissance can experience the historical context of its literature. Reconstructions of 1920s Harlem and Montmartre currently hosted on Second Life have been moved to OpenSim servers and are also being reconstructed using the game engine Unity3D. This paper reflects on the process and on our experiences in using OpenSim as a platform to support learning and the eventual move to Unity3D.
Dr. Jeremy Kemp, professor at San Jose State University School of Library and Information Science, reports on work-in-progress gathering video walk-throughs of exemplary young adult spaces from across the US and Canada and recreating them in Second life for further study s part of a larger three-year grant project funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
If you are a Seattle fan, you are probably pretty happy. If you were a Denver fan, you are probably not happy. To cheer you up, you should come to Orientation for Second Life!
Second Life is a virtual world to listen to colloquia or socialize with other SLIS students. This spring there will be five orientation sessions. There are more options to help with busy schedules! Student assistants Sarah Fihe and Faylene Keep are offering the sessions in the next week to help anyone that is interested.
SJSU SLIS/VCARA invite you to “Rock the Renaissance” with singer Jacqueline Luik at the plaza of the beautiful 16th century Villa Farnese on Friday night January 31 at 7:15 pacific time! This mixer is for students, educators, and anyone who wants to see our wonderful immersive learning village of virtual Florence! Wear Renaissance dress, or come as you are for an hour of fun. Jacqueline Luik will sing pop, country and other music you request. For more info, contact Lorelei Junot or Snow Scarmon.
About the Presentation
Dr. Kemp, San Jose State University Lecturer & Instructional Designer, will speak on Evaluating Library Spaces through Simulation, a report on work-in-progress gathering video walkthroughs of exemplary young adult library spaces from across the US and Canada and recreating them in Second Life for further study as part of a larger three-year grant project funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services for $335,000 (Dr. Anthony Bernier, PI).
Well, the time that most students look forward to is here…..the end of the semester. Students are happy when this time comes since it means that we are out of school for a little bit and we can decompress. Teachers also look forward to this time for the same reason. With the end of the semester looms……I like to look back and take a look at what we have accomplished during the course of the semester.