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virtual graduation - photo courtesy of F Littleton

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 …

BBC Coverage:
news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/edinburgh_and_east/8378291.stm

More details on the Virtual Graduation:
www.wiki.ed.ac.uk/display/VueWiki/Virtual+Graduation
or contact [email protected]

More details on MSc in E-learning:
www.education.ed.ac.uk/e-learning

update: the virtual graduations have won the Edublogs awards for the “best educational use of a virtual world” – see all the award winners here

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