Today, many colleges and universities are building their virtual campuses in Second Life. They are exploring the use of virtual worlds for the delivery of a wide range of courses, professional development activities, educational and social events. Like many colleges and universities, Penn State World Campus has built an island in Second Life for their online learners to connect with Penn State and each other outside of their courses. It is interesting to learn that The Pennsylvania State University is taking a step further. Academic advisers at Penn State World Campus are now required to be available for meetings with students in the virtual world each week. While Penn State students on the real campus get to meet with their advisers face to face, online Penn State students who never set foot on Penn State campus can now do almost exact same thing.
With Second Life, student can visit Penn State anytime no matter where they live. Students can meet with their academic advisers in Second Life in the Advising Center on PSU World Campus Island for walk-in appointments or by appointment in Second Life. I think this is one of many great examples of using emerging technologies in education. I expect that more colleges and universities will follow the lead of Penn State by offering academic advising in Second Life to their students.