Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Student activity at University of New Orleans

Today I visited the University of New Orleans in Second Life, where Stephen Gasior (SL Stephen Xootfly) showed off his student's work in Second Life. The assignment was to select an animal and in the space of a three panel display present information about the animal's natural history, classification and phylogeny and distribution. These students are in a non majors class and did a fine job with their assignment. So you might go on over to the University of New Orleans region and have a look. You can start your tour and get a map here:


But it's just as much fun to wonder around. Here are a few representative displays:

I really liked how he kept the assignment simple and focused-no building was required of the students but they did have to design their own layouts. Steve brought in judges-yours truly was supposed to be one but of course misread the starting time.

Great job students!

Friday, July 2, 2010

An SL Biology Event-call for volunteers

I just received a note from a Biology professor who is asking for volunteers to help access from student projects in Second Life.

Stephen Gasior(SL=Stephen Xootfly) writes:

Dear Biologists-

Hi. I am teaching a nonscience majors biology class in Second Life this summer. I am having my students make a presentation board about an animal. Basically 3 static textures. I am going to grade the content, but I would like to have biology faculty come talk to them about it. You can also note that they seem to know what they are talking about and confirm that they did the work. In other words, if you can tell me whether they should pass/fail the assignment.

Preferably, I would like to have other university or college faculty with a background in biology. If you would like to volunteer, please send me a link to your faculty profile page.

The event will take place in SL on Tuesday July 20th from 12:40 to 1:40 CST (10:40 to 11:40 SLT). If you are interested in helping me out, please let me know. By July 15th. Location will be on the Louisiana Board of Regents Island (look in my profile).

Thank you.

Stephen Gasior

Stephen Xootfly in SL

Sounds like fun and its on a Tuesday when I am not teaching.