Saturday, September 16, 2006

It's only a matter of time before (more) libraries enter Second Life

Learnt via Preetam about Harvard Law School and Harvard Extension School jointly offering a course called CyberOne: Law in the Court of Public Opinion. Be sure to watch their video-trailer to get a glimpse of how the course will be conducted. The exciting part is that classroom activities will also take place via Second Life.

Seems I could participate without being officially registered as a student, i.e. as Participant At-Large, but you won't be able to participate in the classroom activities in Second Life.

It should be noted that some librarians are already creating library environments in Second Life, as mentioned in this earlier post. I shall try going into Second Life to seek them out. Any leads?

Incidentally, I tried registering with Second Life and seems "RamblingLibrarian" isn't available. Wonder if someone else has already hijacked the name and worse, wreaking havoc, heh.

I also wonder if library schools would start doing what Harvard Law as done, i.e. offer a course via Second Life. Maybe they should explore with using blogs as collaborative tools for class participation (if not already done so). In fact, I wonder if they are currently including things like applications and implication of blogs and social media in the library curriculum.

1 comment:

  1. Interesting, Ivan!

    The only comment I can make about Second Life, is that it can be very difficult to find people around in our time zone. This is a perennial problem for any online games or virtual worlds - when it's our prime time (eg in the evenings, after work when we have the time to log on) most Americans and Europeans are either asleep or just waking up/at work. It's too frustrating to get on to find hardly anyone around...

    This is one reason I didn't find SL very appealing - no one around to play with!


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