Oxford University has created a virtual experience of World War I to coincide with the 90th Anniversary of Armistice.
Residents of ‘Second Life’ – a three-dimensional virtual world accessed via the internet – are offered a taste of training camp life, rat infested trenches and shell blasts as they explore digitised archival material. The visitor, then teleported from the simulated Western Front to the familiarity of a teaching zone, is encouraged to re-consider their assumptions and prejudices about the war.
Dr. Stuart Lee, lecturer of English at Oxford University, praises this innovative use of technology for providing “a more interesting access to key research and teaching resources”.
The simulation can be accessed online: http://slurl.com/secondlife/Frideswide/219/199/646/