Fall 2008 Internet2 Member Meeting

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Virtual Worlds: The Future is Now

Time 10/14/08 03:00PM-04:00PM

Session Abstract

This first of two virtual worlds panel discussions sponsored by the Teaching & Learning SIG and the K20 Initiative will bring together a diverse set of speakers across several sectors including Higher Education, K12, Informal Education, and Industry to discuss the current landscape of virtual reality environments for research and education. An examination of several worlds including Second Life, Active Worlds, and Lively will reveal the unique challenges and opportunities for using these and other emerging virtual worlds within the constraints of real world goals and outcomes. The panelists will also have an opportunity to present their vision for where these virtual worlds can take us, especially combined with the power of advanced networks and technologies and the development communities in support of advanced networking.

Speakers

Moderator Ben Fineman Internet2

Speaker Scott Merrick Vanderbilt Center for Science Outreach

Speaker Rob Rothfarb Exploratorium

Speaker Margaret Corbit Cornell University

Speaker Chris Melissinos Sun Microsystems

Speaker Merrilea Mayo Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

Secondary tracks Teaching and Learning/K20

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