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Exploring Virtual Worlds from IRC to Second Life

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Our next event centres around the evolution of Virtual Worlds with particular emphasis on Second Life, an immersive experience that has been making the headlines as more people and organisations become part of this global virtual experience. Here’s a synopsis of the event:

Second Life is a 3D multi-user role-playing online environment. Unlike other virtual worlds, created as games with set rules and stock characters, most of what goes on in Second Life is created by its users. This makes it an ideal playground for all sort of creative people. At any given time, there are no fewer than 20,000 people active in Second Life. Over a period of 60 days as many as one and a half million registered users log in. Building on over 10 years of experience with text-based virtual worlds on IRC, MUDs and MOOs, Dr Toni Sant has more recently been exploring Second Life as the next part of the evolution of virtual worlds on the Internet. His work on this subject has been published in the International Journal of Performance Arts and Digital Media, and in the book Learning & Teaching in the Virtual World of Second Life (Trondheim – Norway: Tapir Academic Press, 2009).

About the speaker:

Dr Toni Sant is Lecturer in Performance and Creative Technologies at the University of Hull‘s School of Arts & New Media in Scarborough, where he also serves as Subject Group Leader for Interdisciplinary Studies. He is currently writing a book called A History of the Future: Franklin Furnace & the Spirit of the Avant-Garde (Intellect, forthcoming 2010). He also podcasts and blogs regularly at http://www.tonisant.com

We look forward to your attendance at this event. Please notify Events using our contact form if you are planning to attend so we can ensure seating for everyone.

Venue
Claremont Hotel on Tuesday 21st July 2009. Doors open at 18:00 for an 18:30 start.

Continued Professional Development (CPD) Certificate
If required, please print the CPD Certificate and bring to the lecture for authorisation

Other dates for your calendar:
July 20th 2009 – Business Continuity – who needs it? organised by the CMI
August 27th 2009 – The Evolution of Linux by Mr. Dylan Smith

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