Maya Island Tour Machinima

Check out the wonderful machinima from the tour organized for the Community Virtual Library on Info Island.

The machinima was filmed and produced by fellow UW Alumni, the talented Valibrarian Gregg.

The machinima is submitted to the VWBPE machinima competition and will be aired on March 15th.

The Maya Island will participate in VWBPE with a panel discussion on instructional design, the machinima and a poster.


Maya Island at VWBPE12 Conference

The UW Maya Island will be present at this year’s Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education Conference (VWBPE).

First, we will be organizing a panel discussion on March 16th 6-7pm SLT with the title:

The Saga of UW Maya Island: Digital storytelling, context- and game-based learning in Virtual Worlds

Graduates of University of Washington’s Virtual Worlds Certificate Program analyze diverse instructional design techniques that were utilized in the development of UW Maya Island.
UW Maya Island ( is the graduates’ final project of 2011 University of Washington’s Virtual Worlds Certificate Class. It has been designed and developed in 9 weeks by an international team of 13 members. It became an Editor’s Pick in the Second Life Destination Guide in July 2011 and attracted more than 5,000 visitors within 2 months. Today it hosts the activities of the Maya Island Society ( which have been featured in a CNN’s ireport.
UW Maya Island features learning archetypes designed and developed according to the 3D instructional models proposed by Kapp & O’Driscoll (2010). These comprise learning experiences that immerse visitors and elicit active learning around ancient Maya Civilization.
More specifically, visitors of the Maya Island are encouraged to

  • complete a quest to become Maya physicians in order to save a village from an epidemic (digital storytelling),
  • discover facts and practices of Maya Science (Astronomy, Agriculture and Fishing) in immersive builds (context-based learning) and
  • win a Triathlon to learn about Maya Mythology & Culture (game-based learning)

Panelists will provide insights based on qualitative and quantitative data about

  • collaborative virtual immersive learning environments’ instructional design, development & programming,
  • user experience & feedback,
  • integration of web 2.0 tools and social media for virtual community building and event promotion.

In addition to this, we intend to participate in the poster & machinima competitions.

Stay tuned for more details!

Maya Island Exhibit on Info Island and Tours

Maya Island has an Exhibit on Info Island in Second Life from January till March 2012. Visit the exhibit at the Community Virtual Library Exhibition Area and let us know what you think.

Also, there will be several Maya Island open guided tours for librarians and all interested people.

The first tour takes place on Saturday January 21st, 9am SLT/PST – 5pm GMT – 7pm EET.

Come learn about the Mayan culture, explore a beautiful simulation of ancient times, and dispel the hype about the Mayan calendar prediction of doom!

2012: Maya calendar and cosmovision

As 2012 approaches, more interest is drawn upon ancient Maya civilization. According to some, Mayans predicted the end of the world at December 21st 2012 in their calendar. Is this true? Here is a news article that presents recent archeological discoveries and various opinions on the debate.

In any case, we encourage you to find out yourself and discover ancient Maya civilization by visiting the Astronomy Center of the UW Maya Island in the virtual immersive environment Second Life.

Maya Island Equinox Celebration SL Featured Event

The Maya Island Equinox celebration is a featured event in Second Life’s Destination Guide.

Thank you very much, Betsy!

UW Maya Island Equinox Party!

Join us on Friday September 23th 2011, 5.00-8.00 pm SLT/PDT at the Maya Island!

Music: DyVerse Steele

  • Dancing
  • Activities
  • Games
  • Networking
  • Educational Innovations

Event details at the Second Life Calendar.

Maya Island Tour during SLanguages conference

SLanguages is a FREE annual conference which focuses on language learning in virtual worlds. As part of the conference there is a scheduled tour of the UW Maya Island on Saturday, September 17th 2011, 12 pm SLT – 7 pm GMT.

Join us for an enjoyable experience & discussion on pedagogical innovation in virtual worlds.

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