Posted by: Randolph Hollingsworth | February 23, 2013

Collaboration and Cooperation – UKSL and U of Western Australia?

This news just in:

A Human Anatomy professor at Univ. of Western Australia (UWA) is planning to teach classes in SL and contacted April Richardson about her work. UWA has been working with the professor to plan the construction of a facility on the very active and creative UWA sims (see more at

They’re thinking about crafting some kind of mutual cooperation agreement between the two universities. This would be a fabulous first for UKSL!

Next up, Ohio State University’s wonderful Sharon Collingwood who is also seeking university-wide partnerships to continue her good work in SL (see the Minerva website at other immersive environments on gender analysis and social identities.

Posted by: Randolph Hollingsworth | January 29, 2013

Cosmopolitan in Second Life

A&S Wired logoClick on the blog post title below for a great example of what the A&S Wired students are saying about their first experiences in Second Life. Please come to the Between Shadow and Light blog to join in the conversations!

Cosmopolitan in Second Life.


Posted by: Randolph Hollingsworth | January 16, 2013

Starting anew!

Starting anew!

Our A&S Wired class “Between Shadow and Light: Co-Mingling in Physical and Virtual Communities” has started up again! We’ll be using the UKSL island for orientation training next week. The UKIT computer lab in the M.I.King Library will host our students as they work together to learn basic skills in navigating the diverse landscapes in Second Life and in respectful communications.

Please join us as we play! We’ll be inworld on Tuesday and Thursday of next week, 5-6:15 pm.  Contact Randolph Hollingsworth (Bella Yan in Second Life) or Richard Greissman (Ansel Guisse in Second Life) if you would like to help mentor first-year student “newbies” as they explore SL’s international communities and work on their digital projects together. See more on the goals of this course at the UK Shadow Light blog.

Posted by: Randolph Hollingsworth | December 14, 2012

April Richardson on the UKSL island, 2011-12

Recently we received an awesome list from Dr. April Richardson of the UK Dept. of Anatomy and Neurobiology (aka Kezia1618 Landar in Second Life) on the work she’s currently doing on the UK Second Life Island.


  • 11 abstracts
  • 1 publication
  • 3 publications in preparation
  • 10 national/international meetings; 1 international virtual conference
  • 9 undergraduates in ANA395
  • 4 graduate students in ANA503
  • 2 master’s thesis projects

Ongoing Second Life Projects

  1. The Virtual Anatomy Lab on the UK Island in Second Life: An Introduction to Regional Anatomy (ANA309) was approved recently (it had to go through five levels of approval this past year), so it will be offered in Spring 2013. This will include a regional approach to anatomy via online Blackboard modules, and students will meet in Second Life once a week for a team-based learning session on the topic for that week. Matt Hazzard of UKIT Academic Technologies has been instrumental in getting this ready, as well as Chris Bentley (an undergraduate who has helped with some of the coding in SL). The class will cap at 24 the first time, so we can see how the technology/course will run at first.
  2. The Cranial Nerve Skywalk: Built in collaboration with Dr. German Ramirez, an oral biologist at the University of Manitoba, this is a 3D tutorial of the cranial nerves III, V, VII and IX. It was presented at the American Dental Education Association in Florida in March and at the American Association of Clinical Anatomists in Grenada in July. Approximately 90 Physician Assistant/Physical Therapy students and approximately 40 dental students used this in Spring 2012; it was also used for 120 students in the medical class this fall 2012.
  3. Cultural Competency in Medicine: a collaboration with Dr. Jennifer Brueckner-Collins, Department of Anatomical Sciences and Neurobiology, University of Louisville.
  4. Virtual learning and telehealth: a collaboration with nurse Dianna Vice, a UK Telecare clinical coordinator, using the virtual world to simulate clinical experience/case studies for nursing students. We are in the process of submitting a publication to the Journal of Nursing Education this summer.


Posted by: Randolph Hollingsworth | September 18, 2012

UKSL Island Observes Banned Books Week


Alice Burgess and Wildcat Thursday

Alice Burgess and Wildcat Thursday

Beth Kraemer, Director of Emerging Technology in the UK Libraries (SL: Alice Burgess), has created a new exhibit “UK Island Observes Banned Books Week” in the virtual Young Library space on the island.  This year marks the 30th anniversary of Banned Books Week – the theme is “30 Years of Liberating Literature.”

Here’s the SLURL if you want to visit the new exhibit on the UKSL island:

The exhibit includes links to information on Banned Books Week, several Social Media “boards” (live Twitter searches), and a table with a few banned/challenged book objects that link to the full text via Project Gutenberg.

Posted by: Randolph Hollingsworth | April 17, 2012

Adventures in Dee

Read a new blogpost on “Between Shadow and Light in a Global Village”

Adventures in Dee. An A&S Wired student finds the dangerous narrows between adherence to role in a roleplaying sim and stereotyping.

Posted by: Randolph Hollingsworth | April 7, 2012

The Cosmopolitan Canopies of Second Life

The Cosmopolitan Canopies of Second Life…. Our wonderfully brave  and inventive A&S Wired students are starting to document their visual sweeps of various international regions in SL.

Posted by: Randolph Hollingsworth | April 5, 2012

A&S Wired students in Second Life

Terrific posting by the A&S Wired students as they explore international settings in Second Life – in this case, France.  It is wonderful to see that the language requirements for graduation from the College of Arts & Sciences at the University of Kentucky come into such ready use in this learning experience of a true “global village.”

Second Life Progress.

Posted by: Randolph Hollingsworth | April 1, 2012

This is a terrific post by an A&S Wired student – looking forward to seeing what international community in Second Life this student chooses to investigate for the group project.

Between Shadow and Light

The article “How Second Life Affects Real Life” talks about ways in which qualities that are acquired in second life and be displayed in real life. The author, Kristina Dell, talks about various researches done at Stanford University Virtual Human Interaction Lab. The head of lab, Jeremy Bailenson explored different ways in which self-perception affects behavior. From his study, he suggests that qualities like confidence and insecurity can have an effect on how you behave in the real world; often time’s people are unaware of this change. Dell pointed out several experiments but I found one that was pretty interesting. In one experiment, Stanford graduate student Jesse Fox randomly assigned 75 volunteers. He then divided these volunteers into three groups. One group watched their look-alike characters run on treadmills for about 5 minutes, another group saw their look-alike characters sit around, while volunteers in the third group saw avatars that…

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Posted by: Randolph Hollingsworth | March 4, 2012

Starting up a new class on the UK island

A&S Wired logoWanted to let everyone know that we’ll be using the UK Island as home base for our A&S Wired short course (A&S100-008) – Between Shadow and Light in a Global Village: Co-mingling in Physical and Virtual Worlds. (Here’s the syllabus, if you’re interested in seeing more details about the class objectives and the technologies we’ll be using.)

There will be about 25 first year undergraduates from the A&S Wired living learning community in Keeneland Hall working on a group project focused on the many different dimensions of international communities in Second Life.  They will be looking for aspects of what the sociologist Elijah Anderson calls, The Cosmopolitan Canopy.  We will be guided in our explorations often by the teachings of the philosopher Kwame Anthony Appiah who wrote so persuasively about the concept of cosmopolitanism.

See more about all this at our class blog,  We’ll be playing with “bio-cubes” on the island after spring break – contact if you want to facilitate… or just come and play!

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