[eDebate] Debate Scheduled in Second Life - February 4

Alfred Snider alfred.snider
Fri Jan 23 13:07:37 CST 2009


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 23, 2009

UNIVERSITY OF VERMONT AND ST. JOHN?S UNIVERSITY TO PARTICIPATE IN SECOND 
LIFE VIRTUAL DEBATE

The Lawrence Debate Union of he University of Vermont will be 
participating in the first formal academic debate conducted in a virtual 
online environment.

In cooperation with the St. John?s University Debate Society, LDU 
members will debate in the online environment Second Life on February 
4th at 8:00PM ET. This is the first competitive academic debate 
conducted between two university debate programs within the Second Life 
environment.

The debate will be held on Emgeetee Island, a series of virtual 
classrooms created and maintained by Dr. Charles Wankel, Associate 
Professor of Management in the Tobin College of Business at St. John?s 
University.

The debate will feature four debaters and will be on the topic of 
limiting tenure for University faculty. At the end of the debate, 
judgment and critique by debating experts will follow, and then the 
floor will be open for comments and questions from the virtual audience.

Attending the debate is as easy as establishing an account and 
downloading the Second Life software, which is available at 
http://www.secondlife.com. Those unfamiliar with the Second Life 
environment are encouraged to spend time becoming familiar with the 
program before the date of the debate.
For those already established in Second Life, the SURL for the debate is 
http://slurl.com/secondlife/Emgeetee/110/154/24. Clicking on the link 
will transport you to the debate venue where you will be able to see and 
hear the debate live if you have the Second Life software installed.

Contact Alfred Snider at alfred.snider at uvm.edu or Steve Llano at 
llanos at stjohns.edu

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