We are thrilled to announce that Virtual Graduation is going to be even more exciting this year than ever before – and that’s saying a lot. This year, for the first time, the virtual ceremony will be streamed live onto a giant screen in McEwan Hall in Edinburgh. Virtual graduates, students, guests and programme team members’ avatars will be projected into the face-to-face ceremony as the virtual graduates’ names are called out in the Hall.
As you can imagine, this is a significant logistical and technical challenge, and preparations are now well under way. This image shows the first two-way live-streaming test, yesterday – the big screen isn’t shown here, but imagine it, if you can! My avatar and Marshall’s are practicing their excited waving.
We would be really grateful if you could put Friday 29 November at 3pm UK time in your diaries, and come along to the Virtual University of Edinburgh campus graduation space: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Vue/209/39/28 to support the programme and be part of this ground-breaking experiment. All are welcome – current and prospective students, alumni, and friends of the programme.
Virtual graduation in Second Life will take place: 3pm (BST), Monday 4 July at Venue @Vue: http://slurl.com/secondlife/Vue/209/35/28/
All are welcome in Second Life! Follow on twitter as well – #edslgrad
The virtual graduation event will be an opportunity to watch the ceremony together live in Second Life, to support all avatar graduands (we expect 5 graduands this year), and to celebrate the graduation with other students and some of the programme team.
If you would like to attend then please do let Fiona Littleton (firstname.lastname@example.org) know. Please include your avatar name in the email confirmation as well.
Please do prepare in advance. A new release of Second Life may need to be downloaded. Quick time needs to be up to date. And you may want time to choose your graduation outfit as well! Contact Fiona if you need advice on outfits or if you need Lindens!
Detailed information about Virtual Graduation is available online at:
I hope you will join us.
The MSc team would like to invite you and your friends to the MSc in eLearning’s Virtual Graduation tomorrow, Thursday 25th, 15.00 GMT. The virtual graduation is held in Second Life with parallel live stream from McEwan Hall, Edinburgh. We use text chat to communicate. Instant Message Frank Lassard if you have any issues.
Location – Venue @Vue (just northeast of Holyrood Park).
Please make sure your QuickTime is up to date so you can watch the streamed event from McEwan Hall. All details regards updating Quick Time, playing media in Second Life, gesturing (applauding), chatting, taking pictures are on the Vue Wiki.
Hope to see you all there. Frank is dusting off his UoE tartan at the moment and building the virtual bar. Looking forward to it.
The Twitter Hashtag to follow/post to will be #edslgrad
PS. If interested, screen shots from Past Virtual graduations are available here.