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Wednesday, November 28, 2007

CAC: Penn State-Bart Pursel

Bart Pursel of Virtual Learning Worlds and an alumni of our program presented on Virtual Worlds.

He defined a Virtual World as a computer-based environment intended for users to inhabit and interact via avatars in a 3D represented world.

Bart gave a list of different 3D worlds and provided a great comparison between a Internet Service Provider and Linden Labs (the company behind Second Life.) For example an island is analogous to a server.

Bart mentioned that many people are doing prototyping and product development in Second Life, people are doing education and training, advertising, campaigning (politically) and, of course, many different types of business.

Here is a link to resources supporting Bart's presentation at his blog called Talk at Bloomsburg University.

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