Educational Resources

Instruction in a Virtual World: Second Life Demonstration

Description: On Nov. 15, 2007, UCM Associate Professor Dr. Bryan Carter, in association with MOREnet, presented a demonstration of the virtual environment Second Life.

In the demonstration Dr. Carter provides an overview of Second Life, discussing system requirements, the use of “avatars,” maneuvering in the virtual world, construction, use and cost of environments. He explores the educational potential of the environment, including how he uses Second Life in and as a class and an introduction and tour of Virtual Harlem, a representation of Jazz-Age Harlem that Carter developed and has used for a variety of classroom projects.

Dr. Carter specializes in African American literature of the 20th Century with a primary focus on the Harlem Renaissance and has a secondary emphasis on visual culture. He has been teaching classes which meet totally in Second Life for the last two years in his virtual classroom called “Freeside”, reminiscent of the self-sustaining environment in the landmark novel by William Gibson, Neuromancer.

Format: archived Windows Media Video

Length: approx. 1 hour

System Requirements: Windows Media Player 10 or above

Link to Recording: mms://

Click to read more about Bryan Carter and Second Life.

shoryl | Tuesday, January 8, 2008 | |


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