Summer School Fun

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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.

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.

Love reading history about the Tudors and anything by Philippa Gregory? Then we have the course for you! LIBR 287-10: Seminar in Information Science will be Virtual Worlds: Life in Tudor Times. Lori Bell will be teaching the course.

Here is the course description for this exciting course:
This course will immerse students in Virtual England during the reign of the Tudors (485-1603). Based on research conducted into the events taking place during the rule of Henry VII, through the reigns of Henry VIII, Edward VI, Mary I, and Elizabeth I, students will create and participate in an immersive role-playing experience. The experience will prepare the students to demonstrate the ways in which librarians and archivists can create community and serve as leaders in portraying knowledge, history and documents in creative and educational ways using virtual world technologies.

This fall LIBR 287-16: Seminar in Information Science will be Virtual Worlds: Traveling Through Times and Space: Pre-revolutionary France. If your favorite Doctor Who episode is the the Girl in the Fireplace, then this is the course for you!

Here is the course description for this exciting course:
This course will immerse students in pre-Revolutionary and Revolutionary France (18th century France from Louis XV, Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette (1710-1799). Students will meet or become one of the fascinating characters of this period or a fictional character living in the period. Based on research conducted into the events taking place during this period, students will create and participate in an immersive role-playing experience. The experience will prepare the students to demonstrate the ways in which librarians, and archivists, and museum curators can create community and serve as teachers and leaders in portraying knowledge, history and documents in creative and educational ways using virtual world technologies.

This means you can be Madame de Pompadour! Lori Bell will be teaching this course as well.

The other fun fall course is LIBR 287-17: Seminar in Information Science will be Virtual Environments: Immersive Learning for Libraries and Archives. If you would like a more traditional Second Life course, this one is perfect for you.

Here is the course description for this exciting course:
This advanced course will allow students to conduct in-depth research virtual archival and library collections in immersive environments. We will look at Second Life and other virtual worlds and immersive environments, conduct case studies, and future development of these environments. Students will have the opportunity to listen to speakers who are doing exciting things in this field, do an in-depth research project, review the latest literature on these topics, and work with a group to create their own immersive environment, collection,and event on a topic and time period of their interest.

Lori Bell will also teach this course. All of them should be fun and interesting! If you have any further questions about the courses, feel free to contact Lori Bell.