Students from around the world attended a graduation ceremony in the virtual world Second Life on Friday, 2 July.
Current and graduating students based in countries as far flung as America, Japan and Sri Lanka attended the virtual graduation ceremony on the University’s Second Life campus.
The virtual ceremony was held for students from the innovative MSc in E-learning.
It included a live stream of the ‘real’ graduation ceremony at the McEwan Hall, meaning graduates, on-course students and their families were able to not only gather together, but also watch the ceremony in Edinburgh as it unfolded.
Students were able to download robes and University of Edinburgh hoods for the graduation and tutors and other staff from the School of Education also joined the virtual event. Everyone had free access to the virtual bar.
This was a truly memorable and enjoyable experience for me. I was so disappointed before because I couldn't be in Edinburgh in person for the graduation, but now I feel like I am really here, graduating with my friends. This is another great achievement in my life. Thanks a lot for doing something like this for us.
From Sri Lanka, who graduated in Second Life
The MSc in E-learning is designed to develop the practical skills and critical insight needed in the emerging world of online learning. The programme is delivered fully online, and may be taken full-time or part-time.
Edinburgh’s vibrant online learning environment means students have the opportunity to work closely together as well as studying at the times and in the places which suit them best.
The MSc is doing breathtaking stuff using cutting edge tools – e-learning of a different kind
Lecturer at Harper Adams College and MSc in E-learning student
This article was published on May 6, 2011