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EduIsland is a piece of virtual property located withing the 3D virtual world, Second Life. EduIsland is associated with the SecondLife Library 2.0 project, begun by Illinois' Alliance Library System and maintained by volunteers from all over the world.

The information below is taken from a notecard that users are given at the Welcome Center on Info Island in Second Life.

Features, landmarks and services on Info Island I are listed below. Please feel free to look around the island and ask questions of any Librarian you may see. Some of us are new too, but we will be glad to try to get an answer for you!

  • Managers: Mari Asturias & Milosun Czervik
  • Owner: Lorelei Junot

Mission

EduIsland was set-up as a place for educators at universities, colleges, schools, and educational organizations to come together in a synergistic matter as they explore teaching and learning in Second Life.

Tenants

  • ARISEnet Teachers Group
  • Center for Advanced Technology in Education, Univ. of Oregon
  • Education Media Lab, Montana State University
  • Empire State College, SUNY
  • Fiction Alley (NYC)
  • G D Hines College of Architecture (Univ of Houston)
  • George Washington University
  • Glendale Community College, Maricopa CCD
  • International Society for Technology in Education
  • Johnson & Wales University (Charlotte, NC)
  • Loyalist College (Canada)
  • NC State University (National Extension Initiative)
  • Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology (New Zealand)
  • New York University (SCPS/McGhee Div.)
  • Otis College of Art and Design
  • Stanford University Libraries
  • University of Cincinnati (affiliated)
  • University of Delaware & Cochise College
  • University of Hawaii at Manoa, School of Communications

History

EduIsland was purchased by the Alliance Library System in mid-November 2006. Before its purchase, a survey was sent to educators on two listservs; approximately 30 people responded that they would be interested in renting land on an island. After the island was ordered, respondents could choose from four plot sizes, each of which would require rent for one year. For example, a plot measuring 1024 sq m is $100 per year for the tenant. The tenants were then asked to help draft (via a wiki) a Community Agreement, which was then voted on by them and approved. During the drafting period, the land was divided into plots as ordered and land was deeded to SL groups representing the organizations.

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