Today marks an inaugural event on the BGSU Virtual Campus in Second Life. The Virtual World Educators Roundtable (VWER) will host it’s first meeting on BGSU Community Island (SLURL: http://slurl.com/secondlife/BGSU%20Community/53/86/25). Today’s 5:30pm ET (2:30pm SLT) meeting will feature a special interview Jon Richter about CLiVE (the Center for Learning in Virtual Environments), the ARVEL SIG, and much more. This interview will be conducted by VWER founder AJ Kelton. For more info visit VWER.org.
Next week’s meeting will feature BGSU’s own Bonnie Mitchell and Anthony Fontana, Virtual Campus Co-Administrators. They will be discussing the new features and virtual world initiatives on the BGSU Virtual Campus.
On March 18th, 20011 at the Virtual World Best Practices in Education conference in Second Life, AJ Kelton announced that the Virtual World Educator’s Roundtable meeting will move to the BGSU Virtual Campus in Scond Life. The VWER community (VWER.org) has been meeting regularly to discuss issues in virtual world education for several years. The first meeting on BGSU Community Island will take place on Thursday May 4th at 6pm EDT.
There was a lot of activity on the Virtual Campus this week as the Pedagogy and Scholarship Using Virtual, Online, and Mediated Environments Learning Community (PSLC) at BGSU met in Second Life to for the first time.
A BGSU Art Student in Fontana’s Artist Methods and Practice course is re-imagining a number of popular video game weapons in a “steampunk” style. Follow his work on his blog: http://blogs.bgsu.edu/steampunkgaming/.
The Wolfe Center for Collaborative Arts, currently under construction on the BGSU campus, has a twin sister… in the virtual world of Second Life. Construction on the virtual replica of the new building began during Fall 2009 and is almost complete. According to Bonnie Mitchell, co-facilitator of the BGSU Virtual Campus, “The campus community is very eager to see and experience being inside the new Wolfe Center. The replica inside Second Life enables people to get a true spatial sense of walking around and being inside this amazing building”. The team of 3d modelers included BGSU Digital Arts majors Josh Treiber, class of 2010, Brandon Moore (class of 2011), and Paul Woidke (class of 2011).
The virtual Wolfe Center can be visited at any time in Second Life during its construction, however the grand opening will take place in December during the ArtsXtravaganza celebration in the School of Art.