My Sides Hurt …

Scott Schamp, director of the New Media Institute at UGA’s Grady College, is teaching a class in Second Life this semester. It’s an experiment, of sorts, to see how a virtual world could be used for learning. Based on his latest blog entry, I think Dr. Schamp is in for a long and entertaining semester.

To quote:

But last Friday, I found myself saying things I never thought I would have to say. “Please don’t sit on the fountain during class. Don’t forget that everyone needs to wear clothes the next time we meet. And, please, try and remember not to fly during class time.”

I would like to think I keep a fairly tight reign on my classes, but my advanced students will tell tales that disprove that very quickly. (And probably create yet another Facebook group about the photojournalism sequence.) (Stop. Just, please, stop.) At least they all stay clothed.

Most of the time.

Regardless, I’m thinking I want to sit in on one of these. But I’m not sure where to sit …

Mark E. Johnson

4 Responses

  1. One day your classes too will no longer be in “meat space” as he so appropriately dubs it. Are there newspapers in Second Life? Are they hiring?

    Hey, we are learning your lessons and applying them in our PJ lives! What more could you want?

  2. That’s pretty insane. I’ve heard of politicians speaking in Second Life, but this is a neat experiment.

  3. Mark,
    Columns is doing a story on this class, and maybe he was saying these things because a reporter was actually taking the class at the time.
    The lead to the front page story is about refraining from flying.

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