In 2009, we started working with Pearson Learning Solutions (now Pearson Higher Education), the largest education company and the largest book publisher in the world.
You can read more about our current work with Pearson on our Case Study pages.
Sustainable Business and Green Science
In the spring of 2009, CNDG partnered with Pearson Learning Solutions to develop a virtual college campus on the Second Life virtual reality platform.
A showcase for education in Sustainable Business and Green Science, the campus was developed to demonstrate how Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) compliance could be achieved by retrofitting old buildings, as well as exploring some of the ways in which LEED guidelines influence the construction of new buildings.
The campus spanned one full sim (simulator), which represents 65,000 square meters (approximately 16 virtual acres of land). It consisted of four virtual buildings, standing in landscaped grounds, each representing a different aspect of LEED compliancy.
The project included an interactive exhibition explaining LEED principles, focussing on innovations such as green roofs, motion sensor lighting, and passive solar technology.
Horry Georgetown Technical College
In 2012, working with Professor Ann Rovetto of Horry Georgetown Technical College, we developed a VLE for a two-year degree program in Information Technology.
The VLE took the form of a college campus, complete with live instructional spaces, and a variety of educational games and other learning activities.
The students who graduated in May 2014 were the first group to study their major concentration courses in a virtual environment.
The project was a great success. Students who had been taught on the VLE showed significant improvements in grades and comprehension compared to those taught in a traditional classroom. Their capstone projects were described by Dr Rovetto as “exemplary”.
Since not all students were able to be on campus at the same time, a definite advantage was that (the VLE) enabled us to schedule a class that everyone could attend… The grades on the tests have probably gone up by about 20%. As long as I’m teaching, I will be using it for as long as I have access to it. It’s just turned out to be a really great thing: I’d be lost without it.Professor Ann Rovetto