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NMC Virtual Worlds Named Gold Solution Provider by Linden Lab

published by Larry Johnson Jul 21, 2009 11:52am
Today, NMC Partner Linden Lab recognized NMC Virtual Worlds as a Gold Solutions Provider, a designation reserved for only the most capable and professional virtual world developers. NMC Virtual Worlds is an NMC program designed to help educational and other learning-focused organizations explore the potential of virtual spaces in a manner that builds on community knowledge, is cost-effective, and ensures high quality. Since its launch in January 2007, NMC Virtual Worlds has been known for its attention ... more...

NMC Announces $100,000 in Virtual Learning Prizes

published by Larry Johnson May 15, 2008 12:33pm
The New Media Consortium (NMC) announced today the call for proposals for the 2008-09 NMC Virtual Learning Prize, a $100,000 competitive program of awards intended to create a collection of innovative open-source learning experiences that make use of the unique attributes of a virtual learning environment. (See the press release.) As many as 20 NMC Virtual Learning Prizes will be awarded in 2008. Each of the US$5,000 awards will provide a cash incentive paid to the awardee of ... more...

Mr Pixel Goes to Washington

published by Larry Johnson Mar 31, 2008 10:05pm
Larry Pixel's real live avatar, Dr. Larry Johnson, CEO of the New Media Consortium (NMC), is trekking to Washington DC April 1 (no fooling!) to present testimony on the nature and state of virtual worlds before the House Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet. Also presenting at the same hearing is Phillip Rosedale, founder of Linden Lab and the inventor of Second Life®. Also speaking are Susan Tenby, Senior Manager, Community Development at TechSoup and Colin J. Parris, Vice ... more...

NMC Launches Open Virtual Worlds Project

published by Larry Johnson Feb 26, 2008 08:00pm
Today the New Media Consortium (NMC) announced a $250,000 two-year collaboration with Sun Microsystems to launch the Open Virtual Worlds Project, an effort that is aimed at making it easier to learn, work, and exchange ideas in virtual space. The project will develop a range of standards-based, portable open-source educational spaces, content, and objects, and use them to extend Sun Microsystems’s open source Project Darkstar and Project Wonderland virtual world platforms. Open Virtual Worlds video announcement (6.5 Mb Quicktime) more...

NMC Virtual Worlds Announces Plans for 2008

published by Larry Johnson Jan 16, 2008 03:27pm
Today, on the anniversary of the founding of NMC Virtual Worlds, the New Media Consortium announced new directions for the NMC's special services unit in the coming year, and affirmed the continuation of the work it began a year ago and continued throughout 2007. NMC Virtual Worlds provides a full palette of support to educational institutions wishing to explore, build, or establish a presence in a range of virtual worlds. The program offers all of its services to educational ... more...

NMC Lead Sponsor for Second Life Community Convention

published by Larry Johnson Jul 25, 2007 10:26pm
The New Media Consortium (NMC) and its Second Life unit NMC Virtual Worlds have agreed to serve as the lead sponsor for the Education Track at the Second Life Community Convention (SLCC) in Chicago this year, as an expression of gratitude for all the support we have received this year from the education community in Second Life. As part of our sponsorship, we plan to sponsor three registrations from educators active in Second Life who would like to ... more...

Lease Rental Agreement Now Available

published by Larry Johnson Apr 19, 2007 04:05pm
We have gotten a tremendous response to our announcement earlier this month about the three Teaching sims that offer plots of land available for lease to educators. Plots are still available, and once filled, we expect to open up new sims. If your organization is interested in applying for one of the rental areas, we have a new rental agreement form that includes all of the information you need to know, and is also the application form you can complete, and ... more...

NMC Announces Parcel Leases in Three New Educational Communities in Second Life

published by Larry Johnson Apr 1, 2007 01:52pm
Are you or someone you know looking for a low-cost way to get started in virtual worlds -- or Second Life in particular? As of today, the New Media Consortium (NMC) is offering land parcels in Second Life that are part of three unique custom-designed educational communities. These parcels are available now for lease exclusively to bona fide faculty, educational departments, or learning-focused institutions. The new sim NMC Campus, "Teaching" The land is full-permissions, and can be used for almost ... more...

NMC Announces Services for Virtual Worlds

published by Larry Johnson Jan 15, 2007 07:34pm
Today, the New Media Consortium announced the launch of NMC Virtual Worlds, a services unit under the NMC umbrella that will provide a full palette of support to educational institutions wishing to explore, build, or establish a presence in a range of virtual worlds. The program offers all of its services to educational institutions and museums on a simple cost-recovery basis, resulting in deeply discounted pricing for qualified institutions. The mission of NMC Virtual Worlds is ... more...