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Ramaswami, Rama – Campus Technology, 2011
Just a few years ago, virtual worlds were credited with the power to transform the universe. Used since the late 1990s in military and medical applications, virtual worlds first gained mainstream media attention when Linden Lab released Second Life in 2003. While other worlds, including open source environments, have launched since then (examples…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Computer Software, Technical Support, Computer Uses in Education
Raths, David – Campus Technology, 2011
In many ways, specialized computer labs are the black holes of IT organizations. Budgets, equipment, employees--even space itself--are sucked in. Given a choice, many IT shops would engage warp drive and escape their gravitational pull forever. While Captain Kirk might have looked to Scotty for a fix to the problem, colleges and universities are…
Descriptors: Internet, Virtual Classrooms, Asynchronous Communication, Electronic Learning