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Published on May 14, 2010
The SWIFT project at the University of Leicester (Second World Immersive Future Teaching) has created a virtual genetics lab within the three-dimensional, virtual world of Second Life, to help students studying genetics and biological science. Phase one of SWIFT uses this virtual lab to help first year undergraduates become acclimatised to working in a laboratory; in particular to learn about the main pieces of equipment and the many health and safety factors involved.
In this video, PD Alchemi (Dr Paul Rudman) and Trinity Quicksand (Dr Suzanne Lavelle) introduce the SWIFT project and the virtual lab.
SWIFT was a three year research project by the departments of Genetics and Beyond Distance Research Alliance (now the institute of Learning Innovation). SWIFT ran from 2009-2012, and was funded by the Higher Education Academy National Teaching Fellowship Scheme (NTFS). The Principal Investigator was Prof.Annette Cashmore, researcher Dr Paul Rudman, genetics teacher/consultant Dr Suzanne Lavelle. Prof. Gilly Salmon was research director for the early part of SWIFT.
Credits: Concept; PD Alchemi avatar; camera; editing: Paul Rudman Trinity Quicksand avatar; camera: Suzanne Lavelle Music: "Backed Vibes (clean)" by MacLeod (incompetech.com), Licensed under Creative Commons "Attribution 3.0" Thanks to SWIFT participants (Nov 2009) for agreeing to appear as avatars.
This video won the "Best Machinima" and "People's Choice" awards at the VWBPE conference 2011 http://goo.gl/82KLF