Thursday, November 23, 2006

Second Life - a virtual open house...

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Canada -- November 21, 2006 -- On Saturday, November 25, 2006, the Masters of Digital Media (MDM) program at the Great Northern Way Campus will host an Open House for prospective students from around the globe in the online metaverse Second Life where a virtual Centre for Digital Media building is currently under construction. This event will be held in conjunction with a Real Life Open House taking place simultaneously at Vancouver’s Great Northern Way Campus. At both events potential students will learn about an innovative graduate program in digital media planned to launch in September 2007.

“We are very excited about using Second Life not only as a recruitment tool to attract the very best digital media students in the world, but also as an interactive learning environment through which our graduate students can learn the tools and design principles for constructing virtual worlds, “said Dr. Gerri Sinclair, MDM Founding Director. The futuristic virtual Centre for Digital Media building was constructed by Second Life Designer and Architect Scope Cleaver, whose avatar will be on hand to greet prospective students along with Virtual Research assistants Sociologist Tracy Kennedy (University of Toronto – avatar TracyTrail Blazer) and Graduate Student Joanna Robinson (Brock University – avatar JoannaTrail Blazer). Architect Cleaver has agreed to keep the design of the building fully open and to assign ownership to the MDM program so that students will have the opportunity to deconstruct, reconstruct, and modify their virtual learning environment.

To attend the Virtual Open House, stop by in Second Life on Saturday, November 25 anytime between 10:00 am – 3 pm PST/SLT. Second Life members can teleport to the Virtual Centre for Digital Media – Erie: 135, 32, 25. Or newcomers can become a member of Second Life for free at:

Great to see this open house under way! Joanna and Tracy will be cool "Trailblazers" in SL ;) They've started a Flickr site for the GNWC where you can see the construction happening!
The promotion of the MDM program is something I've been peripherally involved in (and wish I had had more time to host... but that would mean my comps would be done:)...

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