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Virtual Reality and Cartographic imaginary: The Construction and Use of Cibola
This presentation focuses on Cibola, a virtual “living” region replicating important buildings of Latin America and Spain. Created to hold rotating showcases for student projects, upcoming social events, structured classes, and more, it raises questions not only on urban theory and planning, but also on pedagogical uses of technologies for foreign language teaching and Cultural Studies. It is based on the pedagogical possibilities of Second Life for distance learning, combined with its extensive social networking opportunities. We will discuss the construction and the use of the region, from its planning stage at the Fall of 2010, followed by the construction of the region –and its own challenges-- and our experience teaching language and advanced culture classes at the University of Arizona’s region during the years of 2011-12.
• Moneo is the alter-ego of Dr. Malcolm Alan Compitello, Professor and Head, Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Arizona. He started the Cibola project to explore how SL can be used for educational outcomes.
• Kahlo is the alter-ego of Dr. Juliana Luna Freire, Assistant Professor of Spanish and Portuguese at Framingham State University. She previously worked with educational technologies at the University of Arizona.
• Gaudi is the alter-ego of Harold Jacobson. He is a museum professional with ten years of experience working as a curator, exhibit designer, and museum manager. Gaudi has worked diligently in building Cibola.
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