This fall several CSU, Chico faculty will be teaching classes of students in the virtual world of Second Life. Professor Nanette Wylde has already begun taking 17 students in her ARTS 450/451 class, Art in Second Life, into the virtual Chico State campus for orientation and avatar design. Students in her course will learn how to create 3D art pieces as well as how to build displays to showcase real world art. During the semester numerous artists will speak to her students about their craft in such areas as machinima, live music, performance art, TV production, in-world 3D design and running a virtual art gallery.
Professor Cris Guenter , who has been taking her EDCI 675 students into Second Life for several semesters, will continue to expose her groups to the educational implications of virtual world pedagogy. Political Science professor, Michael Coyle, will once again involve his POLS 353 Corrections students in a project that investigates difference, diversity and deviance. Religious studies professors, Sarah Pike and Daniel Viedlinger, are currently considering using the virtual world to involve students in the study of religious ceremonies. Nursing professor, Becky Damazo, is developing an in-world simulation that will allow her students to fulfill some of their community service experiences as well as interact in medical emergency scenarios. Lastly, there is a group of staff who are exploring the possibility of using the campus as a spot for students to meet anonymously to discuss issues of diversity and alternative lifestyles.
For more information about the use of virtual worlds by CSU faculty, students, and staff or to schedule a consultation about the possible use in a CSU, Chico class, please contact Ann Steckel at asteckel[@]csuchico.edu or X6780.
The Second Life landmark for CSU, Chico: http://slurl.com/secondlife/South%20Sea%20Isle/109/55/23
To download the software to access Second Life: http://secondlife.com/support/downloads/
All students, faculty, staff and administration are welcome at the virtual campus. It is open 24 hours a day.