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10-01-2007 @ 12:56PM
Hello,I'm Henry Lowood, the guy who taught this class. I noticed the post here on a google search and read the comments. Let me respond to a couple of the questions:1. Goldwolf, actually we did this on a Friday evening, because most of us (including myself at Stanford) have day jobs. This is a grad course for students working towards a Master's Degree in Library and Information Studies. And, er, I was at home the whole time, with my son helping me and my wife wondering what the heck was going on.2. For the various questions why we did this. There is a lot of interest in library-land in using virtual and game worlds for library services (to be where the patrons are, to attract kids to libraries, etc.) plus another part of the course is about game collections and preservation in academic libraries. The thing is, I find there is a lot of hype about this subject, and some of it is because librarians or educators don't actually play these games or even visit the virtual worlds. So I wanted all of the students to get a tour through a real game world.3. The students will be writing up project proposals relating to the topic of "games and libraries," and there is a lot of reading. (The student who took my Stanford course can probably vouch for that.) It's not a light course at all. 4. We've also had class sessions using xfire and will have one in Second Life, as well, probably to show how machinima works and to have a tour of a couple of Stanford projects in there.Hey, thanks for the interest in this. Feel free to contact me if you want more details.Henry
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