In a joint effort with Central Michigan University, UNO students are using the Second Life computer application (www.secondlife.com) as part of Lynnette Leonard’s Computer-Mediated Communication course this semester.
Second Life is an Internet-based application that allows users to enter a virtual world, complete with traditional surroundings, and communicate with other users, regardless of their physical locations.
News reporters from the Associated Press and the Omaha World-Herald visited the Computer-Mediated Communication class March 10 to see a demonstration. Students and Dr. Leonard participated in Second Life activities and were available for interviews.
The School of Communication at UNO is in good company by joining other universities including Harvard, MIT and Duke in this exciting educational opportunity, Leonard said. The collaboration with Central Michigan University allows students to experience new technology that may become the norm in the future.
The Detroit Free Press in March profiled the Second Life experience, mentioning the Central Michigan University-UNO partnership.
Leonard is presenting her results this month to a statewide teachers’ meeting. She is a senior fellow in the Institute for Collaboration Science.