Interact-Ed is a concept design for a virtual university that lets you take classes online, have an avatar that represents you, and makes the online experience more social and personal. I was researching the topic in my Masters, and developed some early concepts of how to marry MOOCs with Second Life.
Interact-Ed grew out of my masters’ thesis project developed at Sabanci University. My thesis centered on the paradox of experiencing virtual and physical worlds simultaneously, especially with the advances in technology, in particular Internet and software technologies. I took on this paradox in context of a campus setting, and designed a concept university called Interact-Ed, harmonizing the virtual and the physical worlds. The interfaces use characters, metaphors, and narratives to help a person bridge the virtual with the physical.
The thesis exhibition took part at Sabanci University’s Fass Galery. The exhibition was mostly focused on the process and the outcome of the inquiry. I exhibited the phases of the inquiry and the thematic developments of the Interact-Ed through panels and computer kiosks. Below are sample interfaces, and the material from the exhibition.