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Texas State Tech To Deliver Digital Media Program via Second Life

This fall Texas State Technical College (TSTC) will be offering a Digital Media certificate focused on virtual world technology using Second Life as the primary delivery method. An associate degree Digital Media will be offered in spring 2009.

"The 3D environment, which makes the virtual world so real you can almost reach out and touch it, offers students the opportunity to participate in an online learning community, and fully immerses the learner in a stimulating online experience," said Chris Gibson, associate VP of educational technology.

"To our knowledge, we are the first institution of higher education to develop a complete online certificate or degree in the virtual world," said Gibson. "We, at TSTC believe once students are exposed to this form of highly interactive education, they will drive this evolution of online education."

The program will include courses in computer applications, professional development, basic graphic design, digital imaging, digital publishing, computer illustration, and photography.

The Texas State Technical College System consists of four technical colleges with 13,000 students.

About the Author

Dian Schaffhauser is a former senior contributing editor for 1105 Media's education publications THE Journal, Campus Technology and Spaces4Learning.

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