Sun and St. Paul College Unveil Center of Excellence for Immersive Education with Project Wonderland

Hundreds of Universities and Schools are experimenting with virtual worlds, on-line games and simulations for research, collaboration and learning. Today, Sun and St. Paul College held a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Sun Center of Excellence for Open Virtual Worlds. Today's event advances the initial technology demonstration in support of the global build-out of The Education Grid open network of 3-D servers for teaching and learning with the Immersive Education Initiative at Media Grid.

St. Paul College President Donovan Schichtenberg, Sun VP of Education Joe Hartley and Director of the Grid Institute Aaron Walsh joined to officially open the Virtual Northstar campus, which will begin hosting live virtual classes in Fall 2009. Sun CEO Jonathan Schwartz was even on hand via video to address the group and welcome in the new Center of Excellence.

Check out the demo: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-pRHNUvuVgg that shows a tour of St. Paul College’s Virtual Northstar environment using Sun’s Project Wonderland Platform

Sun is a leading contributor to the research, development and deployment of open source solutions for “immersive education” with Project Wonderland, Project Darkstar and SunSPOT technologies. Sun’s involvement  in the collaboration extends the notion of open source collaboration to a global audience with the Sun Immersion Special Interest Group, comprised of more than 700 people representing 120 institutions, schools, developers and other education community in more than 40 around the world.

Sun offers today a full solution to pilot and develop virtual world platforms called the Sun Immersion System and participates in the "Own-a-Node" program with Media Grid.

Also in partnership with Sun, the startup Virtual Learning Labs was founded in St. Paul to be dedicated to the emerging field of real-time virtual education platforms - allowing organizations to immediately participate in the emerging world of teaching, learning and collaborating on the 3-D Web. Virtual Learning Labs’ employees include many students giving them leading-edge, hands on experience with this growing technology.

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The Event Video is here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q65s2dXWdM4

Thanks for the mention of the project work at Saint Paul!

Posted by Kevin Roebuck on January 22, 2009 at 01:19 PM PST #

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