31 August 2007

Derby Second Life Teaching on BBC News

Our teaching and research in Second Life was featured in a series of three news articles on BBCs East Midlands Today program on television recently. SL-Labs and John Sear's Games Programming students from Derby University were highlighted as one of the cutting-edge uses of Second Life.
Myself (Simon Bignell) and John Sear (Derby University) were interviewed both in real life and in-world.

The East Midlands Today web page is HERE and you can view the clips below. Derby University students working in Second Life constructed a replica of the East Midlands Today TV studio. The report featured our students at work and showed how the platform can be used for all kinds of educational use.

The journalist (Brady Harron) said: "The bureau is modelled on the main EMT building in Nottingham."

"It even has a replica of our studio so anyone can come in and sit on the famous white chairs usually occupied by Anne and Dom."

The virtual bureau also has links to BBC East Midlands content, including all radio stations and websites. Brady added: "Hopefully any Second Life visitors will have a look around, and maybe get in touch about stories in their first or second lives."

The bureau was built with help from University of Derby students Matthew Brittain and Chris Butler. You can view their work in Second Life at our island called 'Games at DerbyUni'.

View the clips here:
1/3 Second Life and Virtual Worlds

2/3 University of Derby and Virtual Teaching

3/3 On-line Virtual Worlds


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