Student Course Wins Virtual Learning Prize from New Media Consortium

The New Media Consortium recently selected a UC Berkeley student-run class for the 2008 Virtual Learning Prize (US$5000). Designed and run by undergraduate students as part of the Program for Democratic Education at Cal (DeCal), this Fall 2008 course will explore the use of 3d virtual environments  for representing ongoing archaeological investigations. Students will examine questions about real, virtual and imaginary worlds as they learn about Catalhoyuk, a 9000-year-old Neolithic site, located in present-day Turkey. The class will have access to archaeological research data and an international team of scholars led by Berkeley Anthropology professor Ruth Tringham. 
 
This class builds upon several semesters of work by students, faculty, and staff to construct virtual models and public archaeology programs on Okapi Island in Second Life.  Co-managed by Open Knowledge and the Public Interest (OKAPI) and the Berkeley Department of Anthropology, Okapi Island offers 65,000 square meters of virtual real estate for exploring new forms of research, education and public outreach.   
 
DeCal Course Information:
http://www.decal.org/784
Visit Okapi Island:
http://slurl.com/secondlife/Okapi/128/128/0
About Okapi Island:
https://okapi.wordpress.com/projects/okapi-island-in-second-life/    

Student Lead: Niema Razavian, nrazavian[at]berkeley.edu
Faculty Sponsor: Ruth Tringham, Department of Anthropology, tringham[at]berkeley.edu
Technical Advisor: Noah Wittman, Open Knowledge and the Public Interest, wittman[at]berkeley.edu

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