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Fontana and Mitchell at SLCC
August 25, 2010, 6:38 am
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BGSU Virtual Campus Administrators Anthony Fontana and Bonnie Mitchell attended the Second Life Community Conference 2010 this August. Below you can find all 4 of the presentations they gave hosted on and links to the Google Docs.

UPDATE: Videos of the presentations have been embedded and linked below.

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Second Death MFA Exhibit
April 8, 2010, 9:00 pm
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“Second Death”, the MFA exhibit of graduate student Kuang Chen Hsu, is now open to the public on the Bowling Green State University Virtual Campus in Second Life. The exhibit is an exploration of the experience of death in various cultures and religions, and is an interactive, educational setting where the users can walk their avatars through the different ceremonies and traditions. It also examines the impermanence of life in contrast with the fundamentally indestructible nature of the virtual world. “In Second Life, everyone can have another life, and it is an eternal life without dying,” states the introductory sign at the front of the exhibit. “Second Death” offers a new perspective and experience for Second Life users.

Kuang recently gave a presentation of his exhibit at the Pop Culture Association Conference in St. Louis, and his work will also be featured in the MFA Thesis Exhibition at the School of Art from April 10th to the 20th. The MFA exhibition will have an opening reception at the BGSU School or Art in the Dorthy Uber Bryan Gallery from 7-9pm on April 9th.

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Second Life expert to lecture on research in virtual worlds
March 5, 2010, 2:53 pm
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Second Life expert Mark Bell will discuss “The Future of Research in Virtual Worlds: Developing Virtual Data Collection Interfaces” at 6 p.m. March 16 in 308 Bowen-Thompson Student Union. His talk is part of the Tech Trends Series.

Bell’s research interests are in trust in mediated environments including virtual worlds, mobile networks and augmented reality. He is highly involved in the Second Life research community, managing the SL Researchers mailing list and presenting at several conferences, including NCA and AoIR. He has published on trust, web 2.0, Second Life, graphic novels and technical books. Bell has also developed an innovative virtual data collection interface for use in the virtual world of Second Life.

His talk is sponsored by the BGSU Virtual Campus in Second Life and Tech Trends.

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FATE: Student Exhibition of Art
April 10, 2009, 12:10 pm
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Please join us on Friday, April 10th at 8pm EST on the BGSU Virtual Campus for the opening of the FATE: Foundations in Art: Theory and Educations Student Exhibition in Second Life.

This exhibit features student work by FATE members, including artwork by students of BGSU faculty members: Michael Arrigo, Joe Mesier, Joel O’dorisio, and Anthony Fontana. Each artwork, when clicked, leads to the FATE assignment wiki, a wiki that enables art educators to share assignments for 2d, 3d, Drawing and other college Freshman art courses.

Come meet FATE members, see the artwork, and experience an gallery opening on BGSU’s Virtual Campus in Second Life!

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OLN Events
February 11, 2009, 7:47 am
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This came via email from our good friend Fleep at Ohio Learning Network:

Just a reminder/invitation to join us tomorrow for February’s OLN Second Life event with guest speaker Dr. Douglas Danforth, from Ohio State University.  Here are the details (please note the time zones, tomorrow’s event is 2PM EST for Ohio folks):

2/11/09 11AM SLT (2PM EST) – Douglas Danforth (SL: DrDoug Pennell) – Ohio State University
Guest speaker Douglas Danforth (SL: DrDoug Pennell) will discuss the Ohio State University Second Life presence, and then following Q&A, will take us on a tour of the OSU island – including a giant model of the human testes that you can fly through!    Join us for an engaging discussion about how OSU is using Second Life and how virtual worlds can be used to experience 3D models in a new way.

If you’ve never attended before, you will need to create a Second Life account prior to the meeting at and sign up to request access to the OLN island at

The meetings are very newbie friendly, so don’t be worried if you aren’t too experienced with Second Life yet!

We usually use a combination of voice chat using Second Life’s built in Voice-Over-IP tool and regular text chat.  You do not need a headset/microphone to be able to hear the voice chat, but if you wish to speak in voice at the meetings, you will need a headset/microphone to participate.  These headsets can be purchased at any store that sells electronics equipment (Walmart, Best Buy, etc.) and usually cost between $30-60 USD.  Please note: Due to issues with echo and reverberation, using a microphone built into your computer or laptop is NOT recommended!  When someone else is speaking, the sound travels out of the computer speakers and back into the built-in microphone causing very loud distortion.  A headset/microphone resolves this issue and is the recommended way to use voice in Second Life.

Second Life Location:

And don’t forget to save the dates for the remaining OLN Second Life Events!

3/4/09 9AM SLT (11AM EST) – Daniel Livingstone (SL: Buddy Sprocket) – University of The West of Scotland
Guest speaker Daniel Livingstone (SL: Buddy Sprocket) will demonstrate the open source SLOODLE project, to be implemented on the Ohio Learning Network island in Spring 2009.  SLOODLE is an Open Source project which integrates the multi-user virtual environment of Second Life® with the Moodle ® learning-management system. Sloodle provides a range of tools for supporting learning and teaching to the immersive virtual world; tools which are fully integrated with a tried and tested web-based learning management system used by hundreds of thousands of educators and students.

4/9/09 11AM SLT (2PM EST) – Brenda Boyd (SL: Stargazer Blazer) – Miami University
Guest speaker Brenda Boyd (SL: Stargazer Blazer) will discuss Miami University’s Second Life project, and her experiences as Dean of Insight Virtual College, an institution that teaches Second Life skills.  Following Q&A, we will take a tour of the Miami University and Insight Virtual College campuses and learn practical tips about teaching in Second Life!

5/5/09 9AM SLT (11AM EST) – Anthony Fontana (SL: AnthonyFontana Chevalier) and Bonnie Mitchell (SL: BonnieMitchell Miles) – Bowling Green State University
Guest speakers Anthony Fontana (SL: AnthonyFontana Chevalier) and Bonnie Mitchell (SL: BonnieMitchell Miles) will discuss their experiences facilitating a Second Life Learning Community at BGSU.  Following Q&A, we will take a tour of the BGSU campus in Second Life and learn more about facilitating learning communities in both the virtual and the real world.

Looking forward to seeing everyone!


– Chris/Fleep

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