Is this the future of a University?

If the prediction from Gartner Inc. is correct, then 80 per cent of Internet users and Fortune 500 enterprises will be participating in some type of virtual world. The Virtual World Design Centre at Loyalist College has been awarded the Colleges Ontario Innovation Award for 2008. As the first Canadian college to establish an on-line campus, Loyalist College in Second Life is recognized for the innovative learning opportunities it provides students. Loyalist College’s development in Second Life helps meet students’ demand for a new value equation that is significantly affecting the learning culture. Students are engaged in the learning process as active participants, collaborating to ensure content is timely, relevant and memorable. The role of the institution shifts from purveyor of information to facilitator.

Ohio University’s has a Second Life Campus as well. This video outlines its concept.


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