Thursday, January 21, 2010

Winter 2010

Greetings from Baltimore and the University of Maryland at Baltimore County (UMBC). Later today, I'm giving a workshop on Teaching and Learning in Virtual Environments.

The past few weeks have been invigorating, thanks to the Doctor of Computer Science Symposium, numerous research meetings and the many opportunities to share the excitement of emerging media. I'm posting a few quick notes while overlooking the lovely Baltimore Harbor by night and will add details later.

CS 820 Usability and Interaction Class

Winter 2010 term began and our CS 820 class completed the residency activities and our first Second Life (SL) class session. Our next residency makeup session is Saturday, January 23rd at Noon Mountain time in Second Life.

Our Book is in Print!

Many thanks to Sharon Tettegah for her work on our book entitled Identity, Learning and Support in Virtual Environments and to our contributing authors: Grant Kien, Al Weiss, Lisa Perez, Rhonda Trueman, Jase Teoh, Arlene de Strulle, Lori Bell, Virgil Varvel and Eun Won Whang, Kona Taylor & Timothy Cash.

In Memoriam for Scott Swanson

Last night, we held a memorial tribute in Second Life on the ISTE island for our dear friend and colleague, Scott Swanson, who died on January 11, 2010. Scott served as an ISTE docent under his Second Life persona, Kyle Thorn, and was a beloved leader in the World of Warcraft (WoW) guilds of Cognitive Dissonance and in Ethereal Synergy as Kylthorne and Neruun on the Sisters of Elune server.

Check out the photos, videos and voice threads about Scott Swanson and feel welcome to post your own Voice Thread and to view and add multimedia content about Scott to the collection.

In his professional life, Scott was the Strategic Technology Coordinator for the Illinois Math and Science Academy (IMSA). He was an inspiration to his students and never failed to answer numerous messages from students, even while we battled extraordinary foes.

As a pioneer and technology evangelist, he inspired us to greatness and a part of him remains within us and permeates the Web.

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