The Virtual Campus: The University in the Digital Age
Presented by Kate Stevens
Virtual worlds allow instructors to teach visually, immersing their students in concepts, ideas or data. The Second Life JMU campus hosts a multi-disciplinary educational virtual world to be used in classes, both traditional and distance-learning. This space can also be used for efficient and green real-time meetings between faculty or faculty and students. Additionally this virtual world exists beyond the JMU campus. This allows faculty to participate in state, national, and international conferences with no travel expense. For students, this global aspect allows them to explore and interact with different cultures.
Kathryn E. Stevens received her PhD in art history from the Virginia Commonwealth University in 2003. Currently she is the Director of the Madison Art Collection at James Madison University and also teaches Art of the Ancient World, Art of Ancient Egypt, and Introduction to Museum Studies for the School of Art and Art History. Dr. Stevens has a strong interest in emerging technologies that allow arts and cultural collections to be transcribed virtually and used for public educational outreach. If you would wish to contact her in-world, send an instant message to Lykopis Darkstone.