November 26th saw a new innovation for virtual worlds. Some students who are distance learners were graduating, but were unable to come to the ceremony – Fiona Littleton, working with colleagues in informatics, created the first Second Life graduation held in parallel with McEwan Hall graduation. 4 MSc graduates graduated in Second Life with 2 graduating at McEwan Hall. The live feed from McEwan Hall was streamed in to Second Life.
21 Guests in total attended the ceremony in Second Life – university staff, current students and visitors from other universities.
The event has now been nominated in the edublogs “best use of a virtual world in education” awards. To vote go to http://edublogawards.com/2009/best-educational-use-of-a-virtual-world-2009/ I must admit, it’s a difficult vote – I was also impressed by the Virtual Round Table conference, and CANVAS …
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update: the virtual graduations have won the Edublogs awards for the “best educational use of a virtual world” – see all the award winners here