When I first started this project, I had plans on creating a virtual world in which people could gather to meet for virtual class sessions and virtual debates. An online classroom not limited by the boundaries of physical space. In exploring the possibilities of this environment, however, I realized that real-time online classes probably don't work too well. I can't say for sure, since I haven't had the opportunity to explore the possibility fully, but from what I've learned, it doesn't seem like a good idea.

I still think that there's something to be said for mere social interaction, which may indeed turn into some small scale class-type discussion. To that end, I have begun to create an area in the hellyeah.com moo to be used for discussion and learning which I have modeled after theBrown University Center for Information Technology. It is still wildly incomplete, but it might give a sense of a setting that might be used as an academic setting.

To connect, telnet to moo.hellyeah.com port 7777. If it is your first time connecting, you will need to create a new character. Once you are logged in, you will be in the washroom. In order to get to my area of the MOO, you will need to go east, then south, then south again, east again, then north. You will then be on the patio of the CIT.

For a busier, more developed environment, try LambdaMOO, the first MOO. Give yourself a couple of hours and log in and explore. Talk to people. You'll be surprised what you feel after you've been there a while. I know I was.

Jesse Chan-Norris
march, 1998 [address updated August 1999]