Online Learning Update

December 11, 2011

Avatar graduation ‘takes online learning to next level’

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:10 am

by Virtual College

Online learning graduation has been taken to the next level as a new system allows those who have used the virtual classroom to gain qualifications to have a “real life” ceremony complete with cap and gown. The University of Edinburgh has rolled out a new technology which lets online learners to view their own graduation on screen – the only difference being that they will be watching their own digital avatar instead of attending a ceremony in person. Distance learners receive their scrolls as personalised avatars, which are made to look like the real virtual classroom user through the Second Life programme. Jayne Roberts, 37, who is from Georgia in the US, was around 900 miles away from the university when she took part in her graduation ceremony on screen. She told the Edinburgh Evening News: “I was disappointed not to make it back home to the UK for the graduation ceremony, but Second Life made it possible for me to be there.

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