Friday, September 15, 2006

Harvard Law School course in Second Life

Harvard law professors Charles Nesson, Rebecca Nesson, and Gene Koo will be teaching Law and the Court of Public Opinion in the Second Life virtual world this Fall.

If we do say so ourselves, the course will be unlike any that has ever been taught. It is a course in persuasive, empathic argument in the Internet space. Throughout the course we will be studying many different media technologies to understand how their inherent characteristics and modes of distribution affect the arguments that are made using them. Students will be immersed in this study through project-based assignments in which they will be using these technologies to make their own arguments.

When I saw this course being offered in Second Life, and on a subject of such personal interest, I had to sign-up. Unfortunately I‘ve been wait-listed. Fortunately, Harvard has a clue and offers the course three ways: in person at the Harvard Law School, through the Second Life virtual world as an Extension student, and also free through the Internet:

All of our videos and lecture materials will be freely available to anyone with an Internet connection.

I‘m really hoping I get in, but if not at least I won‘t completely miss the experience.

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