Monday, May 25, 2020

2020 CAG University (Turkey) has a virtual campus and teaches a course about virtual worlds there.


CAG University (Turkey) has a virtual campus 
and teaches a course about virtual worlds there.  

A virtual campus in Second Life.  A real campus in Turkey.  A class in both places.  Here Magua Therac tells about the class he offers in both places.  
 CAG university main entrance
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Goal

  • Magua TheriacI want to take it to another level.
  • I want to make it international with some other schools.
  • A university from USA or Europe or both together.
  • (The classes are conducted in English
  • Magua Theriac is the teacher's SL name You can contact him in SL
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 I interviewed Magua Therac, 
the instructor
  • Magua: I started to deliver my course last fall.
  • The name of the course is "Virtual Worlds"
  • The aim is to acquaint the students with virtual worlds.
  • It is a 14 week course, starting with two weeks about "What are virtual worlds?"
  • What virtual worlds exist?  What is Second Life?  What do people do here?
  • Then my assistants and I help students customize their avatars.
  • We have a computer lab that we meet face to face.
  • Then we teach them how to communicate.
 A view of the CAG Campus
  • Magua: In the fourth week we put them in groups based on a personality test.
  • The groups have a contest designed to get them familiar with the virtual world.
  • And to build teamwork (goals build teams)
  • The contest: We hide an object and give them a clue.  
  • The object has a notecard with another goal and another clue.  
  • [This pattern can be repeated as long as needed.]
  • Magua:  We did this course two times: Last fall and last spring
  • The last puzzle was a poem about Big Ben.
  • They had to figure out the subject, then go to the London sim to get a group picture.

Magua's classroom
  • Magua: On the the final project the students all worked together.
  • to organize an event for Live and Learn in Kenya  and raise funds here.    
  • They did this project at the end of the course last term and raised 35000L
  • to feed more than 300 kids with a hot meal.  They were proud of themselves.
  • Magua:  Every week we have some guest lecturers from  other parts of the world.
  • They have to interview business owner here and present it to class
  • The good part is I did that only with 4000$ support funded by university alone
  • I want to take it to another level though.
  • I want to make it international with some other schools
  • A university from USA or europe or both together.
Final class project
  • Magua: On the the final project the students all worked together.
  • to organize an event for Live and Learn in Kenya  and raise funds here.    
  • They did this project at the end of the course last term and raised 35000L
  • to feed more than 300 kids with a hot meal.  They were proud of themselves.

  • Magua TheriacI want to take it to another level though.
  • I want to make it international with some other schools
  • A university from USA or europe or both together.
  • (The classes are conducted in English
  • Magua Theriac is the teacher's SL name You can contact him in SL
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