First week of the ITL-313 Virtual Worlds course was held face-to-face in the Logistics Laboratory of our faculty. Assoc. Prof. Dr. Murat Gülmez, Asst. Prof. Dr. Saadet Sağtaş and Res. Asst. Ersin İnal attended the course.
On the first week of the course, course coordinator Assoc. Prof. Dr. Murat Gülmez explained the definition of virtual worlds, their usage fields and goals, and their importance in today's digital world. Additionally, the Second Life application, a very popular virtual world platform, was introduced. The issue of digitalization, which has accelerated especially with the pandemic, and the place and importance of virtual worlds in digitalization were also explained. The effects of digitalization to our lives (work, education, social life etc.) was explained in different contexts.
Then, creating avatars in the Second Life platform, which will be used within the scope of the course, was explained to the students and they were allowed to create their own avatars. Second Life's basic menus, its usage, various settings, and adding friends were explained to our students who entered the platform via computers in the laboratory. Our students, who entered SL by creating their avatars, teleported to our virtual campus and toured our campus.