UT System campuses join virtual world
University of Texas System sets $250,000 aside for Second Life project.
Monday, September 28, 2009
Leslie Jarmon, a faculty development specialist at the University of Texas, sensed that David Prior would bring a certain skepticism to her ambitious proposal to create a series of virtual campuses in cyberspace.
Prior, the UT System's executive vice chancellor for academic affairs, was trained as a geologist. And geologists are all about rocks, oil and other stuff that actually exists.
But he was soon quite taken with Jarmon's pitch to bring the system's nine academic and six health campuses into a three-dimensional, online world of learning, research and collaboration called Second Life. The system agreed to put $250,000 into the project from an account it established to underwrite innovative education initiatives.
"I think we'll want to watch this one carefully," Prior told the system's Board of Regents in August. "I think it's going to be rather interesting." ...Read the entire article at statesman.com