On the 24th of September 2011, the story behind the development of the UWA presence in Second Life was told at the inaugural meeting of the Regional Centre of Expertise (RCE) Western Australia: 'Sense of Place' Network. RCEs across the world, facilitated through the United Nations University (UNU), make up the Global Learning Space for Sustainable Development and aspire to achieve the goals of the UN (DESD, 2005-2014), by translating its global objectives into the context of the local communities in which they operate.
The meeting took place in real life in the Senate Room of the University of Western Australia deep in the heart of UWA's iconic Winthrop Clock Tower. Chaired by UWA's Dean of Science, Winthrop Professor Tony O'Donnell, the steering group of 15 was introduced to second life, and invited to watch a meeting taking place in second life, as seen in the photo above.
Assisting in the second life demonstration were Briarmelle Quintessa of the Manukau Institute of Technology (New Zealand), Prof Abel Barasa Atiti (United Nationa University, Yokohama, Japan) secret Rage (Texas), Diane Elton (Perth) and RCE coordinator Deborah Bowie (University of Western Australia).
It is early days yet. But outcomes from this initial meeting will most likely have significant positive impact in securing the long term future of the UWA Virtual World presence.
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