an international 501(c)3 not-for-profit consortium of nearly 200 leading colleges, universities, museums, corporations, and other learning-focused organizations dedicated to the exploration and use of new media and new technologies.
The news relevant to Educators in Second Life comes from one of today’s (01/16/07) blog posts at the Second Life Insider: NMC Virtual Worlds Supports education. According to that report:
The mission of NMC Virtual Worlds is to provide support services to education and training organizations who are starting up their own presence within Second Life. More importantly NMC Virtual Worlds services are being offered pro bono. So, if your University is looking to create a Second Life presence (and lets face it Second Life is the new status symbol for a university) you can contact NMC and they will help you set up in world.
A video introduction to NMC in Second Life is available from their blog. The Virtual Worlds Project has a web-based home along with the NMC Campus in Second Life, and the NMC Campus Observer blog has news updates related to NMC’s SL activities.
The NMC website elaborates further
NMC Virtual Worlds offers the full gamut of services, from design and building, to terraforming and landscape design, to the development of customized learning experiences and specialized environments. Also available are media hosting and streaming, and comprehensive meeting support.
NMC Virtual Worlds offers all of its services to educational institutions and museums on a cost-recovery basis, resulting in deeply discounted pricing compared to rates of for-profit virtual development firms. NMC member institutions enjoy an additional discount.
In short, the impact upon educational institutions is free or, at least, deeply discounted SUPPORT SERVICES with an educational orientation!