nmc virtual worlds

  • NMC Virtual Worlds is a program of the New Media Consortium. Our mission is to help learning-focused organizations explore the potential of virtual spaces in a manner that builds on community knowledge, is cost-effective, and ensures high quality. NMC Virtual Worlds provides a palette of premium custom services for education and training, and conducts an ongoing series of events, conferences, and programs. A suite of pro bono services and fellowships are a central aspect of the organization, and reflect our deep commitment to learning and access.
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  • Virtual Polluted Ithaca – Cornell
    Interdisciplinary learning through interactive roleplay This project for Cornell University was the result of collaboration between two traditionally separate faculties coming together within a case study of interest to both. Features: Realistic recreation of a neighbourhood ... more→
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NMC Virtual Worlds Archive for October, 2012

Evaluating Realism for Virtual Supporting Characters

published by Carol Pfeifer/Tayzia Abattoir Oct 18, 2012 09:19am
I recently caught up with Catherine Zanbaka, PhD, Principal Research Engineer BAE Systems AIT.  Catherine shared  how she and a few other educators worked with a couple of PhD Students from UCSC and ran a study to test "Supporting Character Realism" (SCR) in a virtual bar in Second Life.  They had three different types of avatars -- human controlled, bots, and those with SCR. The abstract of the course was as follows: Convincing and compelling virtual environments that are populated with rich ... more...

Educators in Second Life: East Carolina University

published by Carol Pfeifer/Tayzia Abattoir Oct 1, 2012 01:24pm
We recently reached out once again to NMC Campus Virtual World members to check in on how they are currently using Second Life for education. We caught up with Sharon Collins and Paul LaMere of ECU and gained some insight on their fabulous program that utilizes  the virtual world of Second Life.  Paul, Technology Support Technician for the Early College Second Life Program, shared the following information with us: The East Carolina University Early College Second Life Program (ECSLP) is a visionary ... more...