Coventry University

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My first impressions are that Coventry University has got it pretty much right. The island has a well sculpted and visually engaging campus (important if one wants staff and students to actually use it), an easily located central square, a student orientation centre for newbies, an open access sandbox, a clearly presented clickable map for navigating around the campus, every building clearly labeled. Most impressive of all the navigation facilities is the ‘Coventry University HUD’, a heads-up display that allows one to view the Coventry University webpage at any time from the HUD and to teleport instantly to any location on the campus.

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Although the virtual campus seems more or less complete, some of the buildings are still floors and corridors of empty rooms. I expect we shall see much innovative development here over the coming months, and may blog it again in the future. For today, a tour of the impressive library is worth documenting.

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The Library is located on the central square. Clear instructions within the library guide the student login to the eBook website:

eBook Info: Click the bookshelf to take you to the eBook website
eBook Info: Your username is cov + your uni username. E.g. covjoebloggs
eBook Info: Your password is cov + your date of birth. E.g. cov181197

while laptops in the library connect students to the Library Portal:

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Although perhaps a venue for talking in a more informal environment and at the same time encouraging students to stay on-campus, I’m not yet wholly convinced that the nightclub and changing rooms in the basement of the Library are a brilliant idea … but I would happily defer to the opinions of students on that issue.

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[URL] http://www.coventry.ac.uk/d/1263/a/3913
[SLURL] http://slurl.com/secondlife/Coventry%20University/131/138/38

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About Christopher Hutchison

Museologist, cognitive dissident, political grouch, curmudgeonly bibliophage, and all round jolly nice chap.
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