Track: Content Based and Informal Presentations

Title Explore It! Career Academy
Author(s): Liz Russotti; Dennis Schaefer
Date Friday, March 18 15:00
Location: South Auxiliary
Abstract The Explore It! Career Academy project is a grant funded by the California Governor's Initiative on improving and strengthening Career Technical Education and awarded to Santa Barbara City College under the direction of Professor Liz Russotti. The project involved developing a virtual environment in Second Life for high school students to explore technical careers. This 3D environment brings a new dimension to career exploration and our goal is to increase the percentage of students successfully transitioning from high school tech-prep programs to community college.

The Explore It! Career Academy virtual world is a computer-based simulated environment intended for its users to inhabit and interact via avatars.

Virtual worlds represent a powerful new media for instruction and education and can give teachers the opportunity to have a greater level of student participation. Faculty and counselors have been trained in this environment and ultimately will bring their students into this world to explore the careers in an immersive and interactive way. The Technical Pathways we have focused on are automotive, media arts, tourism/hospitality, and environmental horticulture.

Bio(s): Liz Russotti: Chair, Graphic DesignGrant Director: Explore It! Career AcademySchool of Media ArtsSanta Barbara City College
Dennis Schaefer: Douglas Story is one of the most widely acclaimed immersive artists on the Second Life Grid. Hisprojects often involve sound and movement in combination with gorgeous images

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