Posted by: Randolph Hollingsworth | June 3, 2013

Courses, Projects and Research on UKSL 2011-13

UKSL academic activities from Spring of 2011 to Spring of 2013

April 2013:Do As We Do, Not As You Think: The Effect of Group Influence on Individual Choices in a Virtual Environment,” Journal of Virtual Worlds Research (Vol 6, No 1) by Rebecca Rayburn-Reeves, Jennifer Wu, Sara Wilson, Beth Kraemer, and  Philipp Kraemer.

March 2013: University of Kentucky’s Christena Gazave, April Richardson-Hatcher, Matt Hazzard, Dwight Newton and Randolph Hollingsworth came together with David Horrar of University of Louisville and Joe Clark of Florida State University’s Distance Learning Office to discuss the pro’s and cons of using virtual worlds and specifically Second Life at the Kentucky Commonwealth Commitment Summit.

Spring Semester 2013: Courses taught in Second Life

Fall 2012: publication of Women of the Right:  Comparisons and Exchanges Across National Borders (Penn State U Press) included the essay “Memoirs of an Avatar: A Feminist Exploration of Right-Wing Worlds Flourishing in SecondLife.com,” by Randolph Hollingsworth.

September 2012: Celebration of Banned Books Week on the UKSL Island, an exhibit by Beth Kraemer in the virtual Young Library space on the island.

Spring Semester 2012:  A&S Wired class taught in Second Life by Randolph Hollingsworth and Richard Greissman, “Between Shadow and Light: Co-Mingling in Physical and Virtual Communities

Fall 2011: Dr. Jennifer Wilhelm, PIMSER Outreach Professor in the UK College of Education, collaborated with Winthrop Professor Grady Venville, the inaugural Professor of Science Education at University of Western Australia. They met together with Dr. Wilhelm’s class of pre-service math teachers in their UKy Second Life classroom to talk about their science findings.

October 2011:Social Theory, Art and Immigration in Kentucky – a conversation in the UKy Perennial Peace Garden” led by Randolph Hollingsworth in partnership with artist Marjorie Guyon as part of the Social Theory, Politics and the Arts Conference at UK.

October 2011: UKSL community members presented to the Kentucky Internet2 Fall Meeting, led by Patsy Carruthers, UKIT.

September 2011: UK Core Celebration and Nation of Nations Event in the Perennial Peace Garden, with the UKSL community led by Randolph Hollingsworth with guest facilitators from Ohio State, U of South Florida, University of Louisville, and SL Music Island.

2011-2012: A summary of work in SL by Dr. April Richardson of the UK Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology included scholarly publications, meetings and a virtual conference as well as mentoring two master’s thesis projects. She spearheaded the creation of a new course Introduction to Regional Anatomy (ANA309) that will be taught in Second Life; and, she taught two existing courses on the UKSL island: ANA 395 and ANA 503.  See more details at

March 2011: Dr. Joan Mazur’s class, EDC543 “Digital Game-Based Learning” met in Second Life to practice building skills as well as basic navigation skills.

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