The Tasmanian Polytechnic was formed in January 2009 as a result of the Tasmania Tomorrow reforms to the Post year 10 Education Sector.

We now provide a wider range of courses for post-year 10 students aged from 15 years and up.
Sate-wide there 16 main campuses and about 20,000 students - and a rapidly growing engagement with rural and remote students.

Teachers on individual campuses have been exploring virtual worlds (such as Second Life) for learning since 2007. However this involvement has been patchy largely due to recurrent issues with ICT provision.

ICT Services have recently upgraded and standardised computing services to increase reliability and interoperability across all campuses state-wide.

This standardisation has made it possible to now consider promoting the use of virtual worlds to more learners and teachers.

We are currently involved in a number of virtual world projects with the Tasmanian Department of Education (K-10), the University of Tasmania and others.


Our experience in virtual worlds includes:

  • Neverwinter Nights 1/2 for students of all ages (2006-7)
  • Second Life for Teacher Professional Learning (2007-10)
  • Skoolaborate for students under 18 (2007-8)
  • Locally hosted Open SIM for teachers (2009)
  • USB Open SIM for students (2009/10)
  • Second Life for students over 18 (2010)
  • Reaction Grid for students of all ages (2010)



Project Manager

Roger Stack Tasmanian Polytechnic
Principal Consultant

Jo Kay - Jokaydia