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HHP Student Presentations in Second Life Featured by UH News.

Over 600 students in 4 HHP classes came together to collaborate and present their research in Second Life. HHP faculty Drs. Layne, Lee, McFarlin and Alastuey came up with a project that had their students collaborate across classes on health intervention programs. The 39 presentations were given over 4 days in Second Life.

Lisa Alastuey
Student avatars presenting in Second Life

The project was titled "Virtual Immersive Translational Applied Learning (VITAL) Showcase in Secondlife", it was an innovative and unique, cross-course project involving four HHP courses. The goal of this project was to promote collaboration and peer-based learning using technologically advanced techniques enhancing accessibility and learning opportunities.

UH news featured the presentations in an article on their website:

"Students from four of our classes are working together in teams to create community health and exercise programs from the ground up," said Charles Layne, professor and department chair.  "From a practical standpoint, meeting in a virtual environment allowed more team members to ‘meet.' And we wanted to take advantage of technology to learn and to work as a team."

Read the entire article on the UH website

Click for a HHP Flyer about the VITAL presentations (pdf)

About Second Life

Lisa Alastuey

Second Life (SL) is an Internet-based virtual world. A free downloadable client program called the Second Life Viewer enables its users, called "Residents", to interact with each other through motional avatars, providing an advanced level of a social network service combined with general aspects of a metaverse. Residents can explore, meet other Residents, socialize, participate in individual and group activities, and create and trade items (virtual property) and services with one another.

Visit the Second Life website.