|Title||Academic Avatars: A Virtual Student Club at Florida State College at Jacksonville|
|Date||Thursday, March 15 19:00|
|Abstract||This year, I created a new student club at my college called "Academic Avatars" with the purpose of exposing students to the educational purposes of incorporating virtual activities, fieldtrips and building projects into their college courses. This virtual club is also geared at students who are unable to participate in traditional clubs on campus due to their busy work schedule and family life. Please stop by our area and meet the first cohort of students who are excited to be called academic avatars!|
|Bio(s):||Rawlslyn Francis: I am an Assistant Professor of English at Florida State College at Jacksonville. I teach English Composition and Literature courses in face-to-face, blended and online formats. I use virtual worlds extensively in my courses to encourage my students' creativity and critical thinking skills. For my work in Second Life, I was recognized with the 2011 Innovative Excellence in Teaching, Learning and Technology Award. Follow me on Twitter @rawlslyn. See videos and blog posts about my work at www.academicavatar.com.|
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