Saturday, January 13, 2007

SimTeach, Kemp, Second Life, Education and Metaversities

SimTeach 2006, Second Life, Kemp and Metaversities
You might ask, "what the heck did Sloan mean when he blogged about Second Life and (gasp) the concept of a metaversity?"

Well, this should help explain. Here is a pdf document compiled by SJSU's own Jeremy Kemp on the use of Second Life as a teaching tool. Second Life (wikipedia) is a virtual world that is on the  Internet. The term Metaversity is a hack of the word Metaverse and University. According to Wikipedia, "The Metaverse, a phrase coined by Neal Stephenson's science fiction novel Snow Crash (1992) constitutes Stephenson's vision of how a virtual reality-based Internet might evolve in the near future." In my opinion this virtual reality-based Internet will be Web 3.0.

They may be college teachers and students, but they're also pioneers — exploring strange new worlds that exist nowhere on Earth. That's because their classes and field trips take place only on computers, using an online digital world called Second Life. - USAToday

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