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Date Course Starts:  June 10, 2016
Date Course Ends:  July 29, 2016
Length:  6 weeks
Meeting Dates and Times:  Fridays, 4:00 pm PT (6/10, 6/24, 7/08, 7/15, 7/22, 7/29)
Tool Used for Meetings:  On Second Life at the Community Cultural Hub ( location coordinates and navigation instructions are on Moodle for this course)

Cost: Free to Rockcliffe Members

Rockcliffe Membership Requirements: Currently in Alpha Testing.

Instructor:  Scott P. Anstadt, Ph.D (Ewan Bonham in SL)

Course Description
Welcome to Exploring Spiritually Based Communities Using Second Life! This is your opportunity to sample practices and traditions from various spiritual communities represented in a virtual media. Immerse yourself! You will be able to engage in presentations by representatives of these traditions and practice in actual services held. You emerge from the course with a reflective journal of your experiences and a number of clear ideas as to how you may closely design your spiritual practices towards achieving lasting peace and happiness.

This course offers options for connecting with various practices in Spirituality and Religion which happen to be represented in Second Life who use and demonstrate the traditions of various world religions and newer forms of spiritual thought, or philosophy. We will be using a central teleportation hub, the Community Cultural Hub (CCH) created by the instructor to assist students to visit and explore various Spiritual and Religious communities in Second Life who have been vetted for authenticity to their stated frameworks. We will also be arranging for guest speakers to meet us at the CCH to give presentations. From these presentations and other meetings, students will be given an opportunity to attend religious and spiritual services as well as educational sessions provided by the communities. You will be keeping a running reflective journal of these events and will get ongoing feedback from the instructor and your student peers. Please look below for relevance of this course for you and how it was designed with you in mind.

Course Objectives

  • Module 1 (6/10/2016)- Review course procedures and mutual expectations. Dialogue on Religion/ Spirituality and personal well-being.
  • Module 2 (6/24/2016)- You will employ/relate in journal brainstorming about how information conveyed by the Christian key informant, resources shared, and tour of the community have informed you.
  • Module 3 (7/08/2016)- You will employ/relate in journal brainstorming about how information conveyed by the Buddhist key informant, resources shared, and tour of the community have informed you.
  • Module 4 (7/15/2016)- You will employ/relate in journal brainstorming about how information conveyed by the Judaic key informant, resources shared, and tour of the community have informed you.
  • Module 5 (7/22/2016)- You will employ/relate in journal brainstorming about how information conveyed by the Interfaith key informant, resources shared, and tour of the community have informed you.
  • Module 6 (7/29/2016)- Journal reflections used in a Focus group to assist us in setting personal goals enhancing our daily spiritual practices- Our Spiritual Action Plan

Targeted Learners
This is a self discovery course for any adult who desires to inform themselves of spiritual beliefs, traditions, and practices which can be used according to the student’s personal preferences towards reaching a sense of well being.  Those interested in this course should have a Second Life account (see below) and have some familiarity with the application.

Technical Proficiency Requirements

In order to ensure that your own technical proficiency is sufficient to complete this online course, the following are considered basic skills necessary to be successful.  It should be noted that this course does not require any major technical skill, other than what is typical online navigation and document creation.  These skills may include, but are not limited to:

  • Identify Submit buttons and instructions.
  • Download files and save them onto pin drives or local computer drives.
  • Understand menu systems in various applications, such as file, edit, etc.
  • Know how to follow download instructions for applications.
  • Use a standard computer keyboard
  • Navigate login systems to enter usernames and passwords.

Course Credit
Because this is an online course, the manner in which contact hours are calculated is somewhat different from what a face to face course might consider.  Below is a table that does a tentative calculation of the contact hours you will invest in this course.  Keep in mind that this course is in its validation stage, and so those hours will also be adjusted based on the user experience.

Course Modules Synchronous Guidance Learning Activities and Assessments Total Tentative Clock Hours
Begin Here NA 30 minutes 30 minutes
Module 1 1.5 hours 1 hour 2.5 hours
Module 2 1.5 hours 1 hour 2.5 hours
Module 3 1.5 hours 1 hour 2.5 hours
Module 4 1.5 hours 1 hour 2.5 hours
Module 5 1.5 hours 1 hour 2.5 hours
Module 6 1.5 hours 2 hours 3.5 hours
Total Contact Hours 16.5 hours

Attendance Requirements
Since this is a synchronous course, class attendance and participation would be of greatest importance. Please do all you can to block out the class scheduled times. Where the student can attend as many classes as they can, a minimum of five classes attended and five submitted journal entries will be required to receive course credit.

Successful Completion
To receive a completion certificate, you will need to:

  1. Submit 5 journal entries out of the 6 maximum. The journals for each week are available in each of the modules for the course in Moodle.
  2. Submit a Spiritual Action Plan for yourself. This will incorporate practices which you select as right for you from those demonstrated by spiritual community representatives (guest             speakers) over the 6 week course.

Materials and Course Technology
This course does not require additional books or resources, except those built into the course.  The course will use two applicationss:

      • Moodle technical requirements include the following:
        Recommended minimum browser of recent Google Chrome, recent Mozilla Firefox, Safari 6, Internet Explorer 9 (IE 10 required for drag and drop of files from outside the browser into Moodle)
      • Second Life can be obtained through a free download at www.secondlife.com. The viewer to use in the program is provided on the same webpage when the student registers a free account. He/she will also be provided an avatar from a choice available.

This course has been created with guidelines from the seven principles of Universal Design. Each of the seven principles has been applied to the best degree possible to the content and activities.

Second Life Accessibility
Since Second Life is a free program with visual animations and auditory capabilities, accommodations have been made for accessibility:

  • All objects in our meeting spot of the Community Cultural Hub have names and a short description assigned for the visually impaired.
  • Likewise, all Powerpoints have a description given to them.
  • All videos shown will either have captions or a translator will type a summary of contents for the hard of hearing.
  • For those needing a text based reader, please go to hrttp://radagast.com to obtain the free Radagast viewer.
  • Additional instructions and resources for learning how to navigate Second Life are found in the ‘Begin Here’ Module in this course.

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Course Information

  • Course Location: Rockcliffe Moodle eCampus & Second Life
  • Course Delivery: Online and Immersive
  • Course Duration: 6 weeks

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