Tuesday, October 30, 2007

SL Objects to be tagged and sent to Merlot.org

One more way to get the word out on objects of educational value was announced today.

Jonathan Richter (SL: Wainbrave Bernal) from U of OR announced on the SL educators listserv today that a beta copy of a HUD was now available to tag objects in SL. The free device allows SL visitors to tag items based on some questions provided with the HUD. The project will then place the tagged items in a wiki, where participants can vote on what gets listed at Merlot.org, a large educational object referatory. Peer recommendations will certainly be helpful.

You can get a copy of the HUD at http://slurl.com/secondlife/Eduisland/167/27/21/

What other ways will help people consider the value of SL? I just put together PPT on condo space loaned to our institution at Boise State. The presentation provides shots of that space which includes a slide show which answers a specific learning question: How is SL being used for the study of literature?

Additionally, includes questions educators are asking about value, orientation for students and faculty, and liabilities. It provides a link to one institutions expectation for student participation in their SL space as well.

I've been seeking out faculty who are currently participated in SL and one person participated in the recent online presentation we did with faculty from our institution.

I recently also sent marketing and recruitment folks the link to a college fair on the Teen Grid--and would really like to have a couple questions added to the student evaluations about their use of technology and the related communities.

I'd love to hear about what other people are doing relative to awareness and consideration of using SL for classes in your institutions or systems or organizations.

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