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Immersive Education Initiative Launches The Education Grid
BOSTON, MA - June 20, 2008 - The Immersive Education Initiative today launched the Education Grid with an early preview of Sun Microsystems Laboratory's Project Wonderland virtual world servers ("nodes") hosted by Essex University (United Kingdom), University of Oregon, St. Paul College, New Media Consortium (NMC), Common Need, and Sun Microsystems. Faculty and staff from each host organization will join initiative members and faculty from the Woods College of Advancing Studies at Boston College to guide visitors through the virtual worlds that debut on the Education Grid today at 4pm EST.
Today's event gives educators early access to the Sun Microsystems Laboratory's Project Wonderland platform and corresponding server-side Education Grid. Later this month the initiative will launch Education Grid services for Second Life, followed by services for Cobalt/Croquet.
The Education Grid is a free public utility provided by the Immersive Education Initiative and its members. Starting today initiative members have early access to the Education Grid, where they can conduct classes and meetings within a growing collection of virtual worlds. Initiative members can also use the Education Grid to build custom virtual learning worlds, simulations, and learning games. Virtual learning environments on the Education Grid may be hosted by the initiative, by member organizations (such as high schools, colleges and universities), or at multiple locations for fail-safe redundancy.
Immersive Education's virtual world Platform Ecosystem and Education Grid together provide educators with an open and comprehensive end-to-end infrastructure for a new generation of learning worlds, interactive learning games, and simulations. Immersive Education's Platform Ecosystem currently consists of Sun Microsystems Laboratory's Project Wonderland, the open source Second Life viewer, and Cobalt/Croquet. The corresponding Education Grid provides content delivery services, collaboration services and academic services to these and other client-side platforms.
Immersive Education is developed by the Immersive Education Initiative, a non-profit international collaboration of universities, colleges, research institutes, consortia and companies that are working together to define and develop open standards, best practices, platforms, and communities of support for virtual worlds, simulators and game-based learning and training systems.
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