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Administration Building

Administration Building

Virtual Idaho Commons

Virtual Idaho Commons

Skydome Learning Center

Skydome Learning Center

Water Tower

Virtual Fistulated Cows

 

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Project Background

The University of Idaho's presence in Second Life has been funded by several grants. The first two grants were obtained by Gregory Möller, Food Science and Toxicology, University of Idaho, in 2007. These grants created our first island of Idahonia where the Administration Building stands. Dr. Möller created two courses to be delivered in Second Life.

In FY2010, Brian Clevely (Virtual, Technology and Design, College of Art and Architecture), K.D. Hatheway-Dial (Department of Accounting, College of Business and Economics), and Lori Wahl (School of Family and Consumer Sciences, College of Agricultural and Life Sciences) received an Idaho State Board of Education Technology Incentive Grant. This grant, Connecting Educators Across Idaho Through Virtual Worlds, allowed for the expansion of Idahonia by adding the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences and the College of Business and Economics islands as well as providing funding for outreach, education, and promotion of the virtual world technologies.

In FY2011, Brian Clevely (Virtual, Technology and Design, College of Art and Architecture), K.D. Hatheway-Dial (Department of Accounting, College of Business and Economics), Nancy Deringer, Lori Wahl,(School of Family and Consumer Sciences, College of Agricultural and Life Sciences), Joey Peutz and Karen Richel (Idaho State Extension) received an Idaho State Board of Education Technology Incentive Grant. This grant, Making the Impossible Possible: Changing the Educational Landscape with 4D Virtual Learning, is allowing us to explore the building of interactive and immersive simulations and virtual, moving representations for education.

Also in FY2011, SeAnne Safaii-Fabiano, Assistant Professor of Food and Nutrition,(School of Family and Consumer Sciences, College of Agricultural and Life Sciences) received a nearly $1 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to develop a virtual diabetes center in Second Life. This center, Uidaho Diabetes Living, is a new island adjacent to our existing islands of Idahonia.