Reed, a model for learning for World University and School worlduniversity.wikia.com ? Reed focuses on a required Freshman humanities' curriculum starting with the ancient Greek world - skill (virtu) & excellence (arete) are central - where conversation about these ideas (and key ideas from ancient Rome, too) is a model for learning as well as knowledge production. Faculty are hired at Reed primarily to teach, classes tend to be small, & students choose Reed for 'the life of the mind.'
Here's the Humanities' subject with a Yale course on Ancient Greece worlduniversity.wikia.com/wiki/Humanities at World University and School.
You'll find at this WUaS Humanities' subject above some Reed College syllabi for the Hum 110 course. Shall we start reading these texts together now? :)
What would make online learning in virtual worlds using the Reed College conference method, for Reed-like (e-Reedies?) students, OPTIMAL? Very FUN?
The Reed campus, S.E. Portland, Oregon, and being with Reedies would take on a different focus.
Animating avatar faces to be lifelike would help.
(Animated faces in Second Life - http://sl.vr-wear.com/ which I blogged about here: http://scott-macleod.blogspot.com/2009/03/blue-flax-meadow-conversation-comparing.html - March 19, 2009). I also haven't seen many innovations in Second Life concerning this, but I haven't also been looking.
People get into their bodies at Reed, an idea-place, through modern dance, for example. Reed has no sports' teams, no fraternities, no sororities ... Paideia - the ancient Greek word for education, and what is at Reed a kind of festival involving people (mostly students) teaching to each other ... http://worlduniversity.wikia.com/
And what would be optimal for World University's Music School and conservatory? An Oberlin College Conservatory teaching and learning model? worlduniversity.wikia.com/wiki/World_University_Music_School ?
What approaches shall we use to develop World University's Music School so that it flourishes?
(http://scott-macleod.blogspot.com/2010/07/speckled-bush-cricket-reed-college.html - July 20, 2010)