I met Stungthumbz when I was working on There.com, the now defunct general population virtual world. One of the most exciting projects, just getting off the ground as I left, was the University of There, a virtual campus, with growing numbers of students, classes, and affiliated institutions. Both Celia and I became big fans of Stung via his work there and with the Uru community.
When There closed, the UOT was left in the lurch. There are a number of topics that might be discussed from here, but I asked Stung to share some of his investigations into alternatives for the UOT, and for some of his very deep thinking about the future of the virtual world.
Here's his response:
The recent collapse of There instantly created a special class of refugee, the virtual university, which was developed and run by volunteers over the past six years. UOT and its staff have absolutely no intention of quitting, but they are a little wiser now.
The following are extracts from some of the posts and mails recently written by Stungthumbz, the Dean of UOT, which is currently meeting on alternate Tuesdays in MOUL and alternate Thursdays in Twinity.