SOURCE: ANGEL Learning

July 10, 2008 15:45 ET

ANGEL Learning Announces Second Life Integration Project With San José State University School of Library and Information Science

INDIANAPOLIS, IN--(Marketwire - July 10, 2008) - ANGEL® Learning, recognized innovator of enterprise course management software and services, today announced that it is conducting a joint project with the San José State University (SJSU) School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) to explore the integration of the ANGEL Learning Management Suite (LMS) and the Second Life (SL) virtual world. The San José SLIS investigation will focus on the union of the ANGEL LMS and SL, and specifically how student results from activities in virtual worlds can be securely shared with the ANGEL LMS. The expected outcome of the project is an ANGEL drop box that students can use to share evidence of their work from within SL.

Jeremy Kemp, assistant director of the SLIS Second Life Campus, will lead the project. Recognized as a thought leader in the potential of virtual worlds to provide interactive, meaningful learning experiences, Kemp keeps the official wiki for educators using the Second Life immersive environment, www.simteach.com and previously helped develop the Sloodle integration between an open source course management system and Second Life. Under Kemp's leadership, SLIS opened its Second Life island more than a year ago. The school's graduate students use it to meet in virtual spaces with their instructors and peers, construct 3D objects and exhibits and make presentations through their avatars.

"We are pleased to join with ANGEL Learning on this shared exploration," said Ken Haycock, SLIS director. "Together, we hope to learn more about how to successfully integrate two key tools that play a vital role in today's higher education environment -- combining the engaging qualities of 3D settings with the sound pedagogical framework of a world-class learning management system."

"Second Life is a fascinating glimpse of the union of synchronous and social technologies, and Jeremy and his team have distinguished themselves as thought leaders in integrating them with LMS technologies," said Ray Henderson, chief products officer at ANGEL Learning. "This new virtual drop box offers an intriguing way for students to share evidence of their activity in a virtual world with faculty through a mechanism familiar to the LMS."

ANGEL Learning is dedicated to leading in the discovery of how to best use new technologies for learning. This announcement follows ANGEL Learning's introduction of a Second Life "nugget" in recently released version 7.3 of the ANGEL LMS and the May 2007 launch of ANGEL Learning Isle in Second Life.

The ANGEL LMS 7.3 nugget provides a link from the ANGEL LMS to ANGEL Learning Isle in Second Life. ANGEL Learning Isle (http://slurl.com/secondlife/ANGEL%20Learning%20Isle/128/128/0) is an ANGEL Learning research and development project developed in collaboration with the Second Life Educators community (SLED). ANGEL Learning Isle is open to all educators for experimentation in the use of virtual collaboration technologies in online learning.

The ANGEL Learning Isle customer-led steering committee has published a paper, "The Power of Virtual Worlds in Education," for those interested in learning more about using SL in education. The paper is available on the ANGEL Learning website: http://www.angellearning.com/products/secondlife/. The committee is also hosting an integration project kick-off celebration and will offer tours of ANGEL Learning Isle in August. Details will be available on the ANGEL Learning website as they are available.

About ANGEL Learning

ANGEL Learning, Inc. develops and markets enterprise elearning software. Our flagship products are the ANGEL Learning Management Suite and the ANGEL ePortfolio system. Our products have been honed by use -- with millions of students and instructors served from K to corporate. We enjoy a reputation for creating products with exceptional ease of use, excellent vision into learner progress and for keeping our commitments. ANGEL LMS won the Software & Information Industry Association CODiE award for Best Postsecondary Course Management and is the only product to win the award two years in a row. Having emerged from the academy ourselves, our core values reflect those of our customers well. ANGEL world headquarters are in Indianapolis, Indiana. To learn more about the ANGEL difference, visit us at www.angellearning.com.

About the San José School of Library and Information Science

The School of Library and Information Science at San José State University (http://slisweb.sjsu.edu) offers the world's largest accredited master's degree program in Library and Information Science, with more than 2,500 graduate students. In June 2008, the School entered its 41st year of continuous accreditation by the American Library Association. Students who are interested in pursuing a career in electronic records management enroll in the School's Master in Archives and Records Administration degree program. Additionally, the School partners with Queensland University of Technology to offer a doctoral degree program in Library and Information Science.

The School is a recognized leader in making effective use of leading edge technologies for distance learning. In 2007, US News and World Report named it the #1 e-learning service provider in its discipline. In addition, the School received the 2007 Faculty Innovation Award from the Association for Library and Information Science Education in recognition of the School's leadership in applying emerging technologies in a web-based learning environment.

Contact Information

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    San José State University
    Pat Lopes Harris
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    (408) 924-1748