NDSU in Second Life
During its first year as an ad hoc group, the NDSU Social Media Group (now "Colloborative Technology Think Tank"--CT3) explored blogging on campus. It also set for itself the goal of testing new technologies every year; for 2008-09, CT3 has worked towards establishing an NDSU presence in Second Life.
Building on ideas for "abject monuments" proposed by students in a graduate seminar in English, Dr. Kevin Brooks has worked with Student Technology Specialist Sarah McIntyre to establish "A Virtual Peace Garden" in Second Life. The site is an homage to our Peace Garden State, but also a space not meant to replicate the existing garden. Instead the Virtual Peace Garden is planned as a site for the building of additional student projects, whether from a Landscape Architecture class, a Business class, an Engineering class, or History class. An emphasis on peace or social justice would be nice, but not required. Below is a snapshot of the Peace Chapel Sarah has built; to visit the chapel, you will need to install the Second Life application set up an account and visit our SLurl.
NDSU in Second Life is being hosted by the New Media Consortium (NMC), the premier hosting site for educational institutions. In other words, the Virtual Peace Garden is not on the SL main grid. NDSU is a member of the NMC, meaning that all NDSU instructors can arrange to bring their students onto the NDSU Islands, use the educational space NMC has set up, or use other features of the NMC campus. Below is a photo of the seminar circle and presentation stage located on the same island as the Virtual Peace Garden.
NDSU faculty, staff, and students interested in participating in the development of NDSU in Second Life, and/or using the facilities to support online classes or supplement face-to-face class, please contact Kevin Brooks. Anyone interested in joining the CT3 and shaping future projects, please contact Andy Mara or Jim Council.