Teaching of the final-year desktop VR class through SL started yesterday morning. A few hiccups to start with, in part due to some students not yet having signed up for accounts, in part due to lab hardware falling a tad short of ‘system requirements’ for running SL.
Most people finally got up and running; and, despite the not infrequent freezes and crashes, worked their way through Orientation Island and began work on the tourHUD exercise.
Eleanor Suess and Shireen Lock came in to speak to students about their own roles and activities in the university’s Second Life initiative. And I gave short overviews to students of the projects on offer and on which they will be assessed in this module: the Tower of London, Second Life Africa, and the university’s own island. Alanagh Recreant (in real life Dorette Steenkamp, director of Cape Town-based Uthango Social Investments) had already set up an exhibition in the virtual CISM building to provide background information on projects that student groups might undertake for Second Life Africa.