|From UH Virtual Education|
Today I went to one of the sessions at the Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education online conference. There were so many sessions to choose from. Many of the ones I wanted to go to were overfilled. I ended up going to the "A Case Study of Using Second Life Simulation to Enrich Nursing Curriculum: Best Practices" session, which was quite interesting as well, even though I am not in nursing.
After going to the VWBPE I am thoroughly convinced that Second Life is no where near "down the tubes" like everyone in the media is saying. Although businesses have pulled out of it, educators and educational organizations are still inworld and using Second Life for a variety of classes, networking, and professional development. I think it is going to be here to stay but is evolving into something different than what it was a few years ago.
It's too bad that the UH Second Life St. Patrick's Day party overlaps with the VWBPE event, but oh well, you can only do so much. I forgot that the VWBPE was on the same day. I'm sure we can still get enough people to come to Diane's presentation. Just will have to advertise aggressively right before the presentation.