As part of my virtual explorations, I recently toured Woodcrest University—a non-accredited residential and roleplay region. Offering a full range of educational experiences, the classes are real and taught by knowledgeable professionals. During my visit, I sat in on Professor Daragan Cabeza·de·Vaca’s Art & Design class during a lecture about Art Nouveau through Austrian painter, Gustav Klimt. You can read all about my virtual experience in the story I did for the SL Enquirer here.

Looking for a degree you can pin on your real world wall? There are quite a few virtual accredited universities you can visit from your own desk including the Fashion Institute of Technology, Texas A&M University and the Geneva School of Business – University of Applied Sciences Western Switzerland. In all, there are over 150 accredited educational institutions with a virtual presence. I’m working on a news story about them right now.

For now, here are a few photos of my trip to Woodlawn University so you can see what it’s like for yourself. Special thanks to Professor Dara and the faculty at Woodcrest for the hospitality!

About Angela Yuriko Smith

Angela Yuriko Smith is an American poet, author, and publisher with over 20 years of experience in newspaper journalism. She is a Bram Stoker Awards® Finalist and HWA Mentor of the Year for 2020. She co-publishes Space and Time, a publication dedicated to fantasy, horror and science fiction since 1966. Join the community at
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