“Virtual Worlds: Connecting People, Places, and Spaces”

Joe Sanchez
UT School of Information

Wednesday, May 2, 2007
5:45 p.m. – Networking Reception
6:30 p.m. – Presentation

As an emerging leader in the field of virtual worlds and the social impacts of technology, Joe Sanchez will demonstrate how virtual worlds such as Second Life are connecting people, places, and spaces.

Virtual Worlds such as Second life have gained national recognition over the last year with feature articles in CNNMoney, USA Today and Business Week. Members of virtual worlds create graphical representations of themselves, called Avatars, and they use these avatars to navigate throughout virtual environments. Avatars in Second Life for instance, are able to buy and sell virtual property and services through an exchange of real world money for Linden Dollars. Users not only make purchases in the virtual world, but also create goods and services that are sold to others. What does all this mean?

In this forum, Joe will discuss the implications of virtual worlds on business, education, and entertainment, and how the use of the 3D web is changing the way we interact with information.

Joe Sanchez is a doctoral student and Assistant Instructor in the School of Information at the University of Texas at Austin. Before coming to the School of Information, he designed and implemented e-learning solutions at the Division of Instructional Innovation and Assessment at the University of Texas. His current work includes a qualitative analysis of the use of Second Life in undergraduate education and integrating Web 2.0 applications into Information Science curriculum.

Recently Joe has launched Sanchez Social Media where he provides consulting and research about the use of virtual worlds and Web 2.0 in business environments.

Contact me in Second Life, North Lamar

Examples of Virtual Worlds:
Second Life
Active Worlds

Resources of Virtual Worlds:
Second Life Educators mailing list
Second Life Educators Wiki
Second Life Research mailing list
Second Life Research Wiki
Academic Avatar Librarians of Second Life
Active Worlds Education Resources