One of the NMC Virtual Worlds projects this year was construction of the virtual campus for the University of the Pacific which included a mixture of replication of campus structures, such as Burns Tower, and creation of new spaces which only exist on the virtual campus.
Since the ribbons were cut May 7, 2008, faculty and staff at the University have been busy using the space and developing new applications for therr virtual learning space.
They are inviting you to learn more about their Second Life campus and how it has already been put to use in this new machinima video:
Thank you for your interest in Pachyderm.
As of February 2010, NMC is no longer offering new subscription-based, hosted Pachyderm accounts. Please note:
- All current paid accounts will continue to have access for the full year of their existing subscription.
- All current free member accounts will remain active.
- Each NMC member institution still has access to a total of 10 free, hosted Pachyderm accounts. Please check with your institution's NMC contact to find out if any of these accounts are available to you or to have one assigned.
If you are not an NMC member but are interested in using Pachyderm, please visit the open source Pachyderm community website at http://www.pachyforge.org/
Podcasting has been a technology and practice we've been tracking for a while, and thus it was time we launched our own series here. Our new site, NMC Conversations features the voices of NMC CEO Larry Johnson and Vice Presidents Rachel Smith and Alan Levine.
About every two weeks, Larry, Alan, and Rachel will record a new segment, each no more than 15-20 minutes, and highlighting NMC initiatives, projects, member activities, or other topics on new media. We will eventually invite our NMC members and collaborators into the mix. You can find the NMC Conversations at:
The nearly 250 members of the NMC provide a unique cross section institutions using technology to support teaching, learning, and creativity. Each year we collect information from our members about the current practices in our field of New Media for both a snapshot of current practices overall, and to provide benchmarks for our members.
The results of the survey are attached below.
In December 2006 we surveyed 237 NMC institutions to collect information on services provided, technologies used, and current projects. Attached you will find the results of this survey, including data on use of NMC benefits media services provided, exploration of new technologies, support for technologies (e.g. audio/video streaming, blogs, wikis, and iTunesU), use of open-source tools, and more.
Are you or someone you know looking for a low-cost way to get started in virtual worlds — or Second Life in particular?
As of today, the New Media Consortium (NMC) is offering land parcels in Second Life that are part of three unique custom-designed educational communities. These parcels are available now for lease exclusively to bona fide faculty, educational departments, or learning-focused institutions.
The new sim NMC Campus, “Teaching”
Today, the New Media Consortium announces the launch of NMC Virtual Worlds (http://virtualworlds.nmc.org), a services unit under the NMC umbrella that will provide a full palette of support to educational institutions wishing to explore, build, or establish a presence in a range of virtual worlds.
The program offers all of its services to educational institutions and museums on a simple cost-recovery basis, resulting in deeply discounted pricing for qualified institutions. NMC members will receive an additional discount.
The mission of NMC Virtual Worlds will be to help learning-focused organizations to explore the potential of virtual spaces in a manner that builds on community knowledge, is cost-effective, and ensures high quality. NMC Virtual Worlds will provide a comprehensive set of premium development services for education and training, as well as conduct an ongoing series of events, conferences, and programs.
A suite of pro bono services and fellowships are a central aspect of the planning, and reflect the deep commitment to learning and access central to NMC's vision for the new unit.
Please see the attached press release for additional details. A press packet can be downloaded at