Instruction in a Virtual World: A Second Life Demonstration

As part of Missouri Distance Learning Week (November 12-16, 2007), the Missouri Distance Learning Association ( invites you to attend an online presentation and live demonstration of the Second Life, a 3D online digital world imagined and created by its residents.

Date: Nov. 15, 2007
Time: 2 p.m. CST
Cost: None
Registration: None required

Dr. Bryan Carter, Associate Professor at the University of Central Missouri, will present how he uses Second Life in the courses he teaches. He 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.

Dr. Carter 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.

How to connect to event (two options):

1. Connect via a video stream using Windows Media Player. Go to mms:// to access the live event stream.

A test stream is available prior to the event to test your technology. Test stream link:

2. Connect via your H.323 videoconference equipment. Just dial your codec to 469861107 to connect to the videoconference.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Due to nature of the technology being displayed, the bandwidth for the video conference and video stream will require 768Kbps.

Thanks to MOREnet for their assistance and support of this event.

Come see this cutting use of technology for instruction and see how the Second Life is fully integrated into actual college courses. We hope you’ll join us.

For more information, contact Eric Nicklas, 2007-08 MoDLA president, at

Eric Nicklas | Thursday, November 15, 2007


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