Second Life has been an important part of my teaching at the University of Kentucky. You can see the course wikis recording my students’ adventures here and here. Second Life was always a great way for me to bring my personal interest in digital ethnography into my political theory courses to help the students to not just “read” theory, but also to “do” theory as well.
This past Monday I had the great pleasure of participating in a presentation on Internet2 Day about my teaching and learning work in Second Life, along with our Director of the Academic Technology Group (Wildcat Thursday), and incredibly innovative librarian (Alice Burgess) and a faculty member using SL to teach anatomy and physiology, Kezia1618 Landar. I’m the tall handsome fellow, Ricetopher Freenote, in the photo below.
I really enjoyed “getting the band back together” with Wildcat and Alice. It felt a lot like the early days of our Second Life work at UK. The UK Island has come a long way since then, due to the hard work of many faculty and staff on campus. Thanks to all of them for their hard work! For more info on teaching, learning and research with Second Life at the University of Kentucky, please visit: http://ukisland.wordpress.com/.