Thur 10pm Tilthursday

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This is our project submission for Tilthursday, I copied the template Rebecca made below:


Section 1: Overview

1. Please list the members of your group

Oliver Day
Steven Spund
Ada Padilla-Woltz
Jeffrey Binder
Daniel Li
Patrick Engelman

==2. Please state the topic area of your project:==
Open Courseware

3. Please state the regular meeting time of your group and any other mechanisms that your group is using to communicate

We meet Thursdays at 10PM. We mainly use chat rooms on AIM, we also use the |Project Discussion Space on Moodle, and an external wiki

Section 2: Your Topic

Intellectual Property and Contract

4. Choose an issue.

Our topic area is open access to educational materials at universities within SL. A number of different schools use Second Life for different purposes.

5. Describe your dispute.

The code made by the Berkman Center in Second Life for learning is easy to share, it would be great if the Berkman Center could work towards more open access to educational tools and materials.

Section 3: Your project

   * persuade Berkman Island to take a particular action 
   * persuade other educational institutions to take a similar action

==6. Pinpoint your goals. ==

   * raise awareness among the SL community of your particular issue

6a. State your goal for the project: What does your group intend to accomplish?

We propose that the powers that be in Berkman Island adapt a mission statement, in which Berkman Island announces its dedication to open access for online learning in an attempt to generate interest among other educational institutions in second life.

6b. State your audience for the project: Whom do you intend to influence?

We intend to influence The Berkmans/The Berkman Center.

==7. Develop your strategy. ==In order to accomplish your goal, your group needs a specific strategy/plan. For instance, if your goal is to educate a particular group of people about an issue, you might plan an event in Second Life about the issue and try to get people to attend it. Or you might build an environment that includes text and video that teaches people about the issue that they can experience on their own time. Consider your goal and choose a plan that seems to you to be both doable and well-suited to accomplishing your goal. Please state as specifically as possible your plan for executing your goal. We recommend using the following format:


Individual Goal Objective table
Objective Tactic/Method Who's responsible Target Date
1. Objective here Method here Name here Date here
2. Objective here Method here Name here Date here
3. Objective here Method here Name here Date here
4. Objective here Method here Name here Date here
5. Objective here Method here Name here Date here

==7a. Generate buzz. == Your first objective is likely getting the attention of your audience. Because no one (not even others in this class) is required to pay attention to you, you must call attention to the importance of your issue. Your strategy might include generating buzz – catching attention in a positive way (like a fun object or a good short piece of video or machinima). The strategy should also describe the distribution mechanism: how will you get your attention-grabber in front of people. However, avoid using spam techniques! For example, do not fill the world with self-replicating objects that advertise your event. The damage you will cause yourselves (and our class) will almostcertainly outweigh the benefits.


Section 4: Evaluation

==9. Measuring Success. == Even though we don't require you to succeed with yourproject, your group should have a clear idea of how to know whether the projecthas been a success or not.


Success measurement table
Criterion of success Method of measurement
1. Criterion here Method here
2. Criterion here Method here
3. Criterion here Method here
4. Criterion here Method here

Section 5: Open Questions

Please state any questions or unresolved issues relating to your project. These can be questions for us or just a sort of "to-do list" of unresolved issues that your group needs to work out. For instance, you might want to build a cool object, but none of you feel that you can do that on yourown. An unresolved issue might therefore be how to recruit someone to help with the build. This is probably the most important part of this entire plan, especially in the early phases!