Why build a virtual world? Philip Rosedale, founder of the popular virtual world Second Life talks about the desire to build and create, and about how virtual worlds make that possible in ways that were not previously available/plausible.
Though I certainly don’t agree with all of Rosedale’s arguments about the merits of virtual worlds, he raises some interesting points. If he’s half-right, we’ll see more and more of these types of tools in the next few years.
13 minute presentation, followed by 15 minutes Q & A:
This video is from the TED talks, check out their website for many fascinating presentations on a wide range of topics related to technology, entertainment, and design.
Requests for SPARK courses continue to roll in, here are the numbers so far for the semester:
Number of SPARK courses: 1,173
Number of instructors in SPARK: 849
Departments and programs represented: 91
Number of students in SPARK: 20,205
Number of student “seats”: 60,969 (the average student has SPARK for several courses)
Largest course in SPARK: 485 students