UCAS provides A-level advice on virtual island in Second Life

Virtual Reality, Web 2.0

secondlife.jpgOne of the latest organisations to create a presence for itself on Second Life is UCAS, the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service.

Having created their own virtual island, they’ll be offering free advice from professional advisers about the clearing and application processes.

It’s supposed to be a pressure-free environment where those who’ve just got their A-level results can find out what happens next. The island features a series of bio-domes, each containing useful information.

Apparently there’s even a performance stage where up-and-coming bands will perform. All the bands have links to UCAS, be it those formed while their members were at Uni, or members of UCAS staff. No, don’t laugh.

And, possibly for those who’ve decided their grades really aren’t good enough even to enter clearing, there’s a beach area where applicants can meet up, sunbathe, play beach-ball, or take a trip on a pedalo. Beats ringing round universities’ admin departments any day.

Soon enough I imagine there’ll be a virtual university, too.

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