John Lester of ReactionGrid passes along this video that shows how one program is using the JIBE virtual world platform to enhance their work with adult learners in rural Maine. The RSU #3 Adult and Community Education program is using a variety of techniques to support adults seeking to improve their job skills and literacy skills , including the JIBE web-based virtual world.
I am intrigued by the accessibility and ease-of-use of JIBE, which runs on the Unity 3D engine and works with most standard web-browsers without a standalone client. JIBE seems like an attractive virtual world solution for clients in a medium- to low-bandwidth environments.
That said, it's not clear from the video how the virtual platform differs from standard web pages or other media. Are there educators and counselors on-call or holding office hours? Do students meet with each other in-world? Or is it about them being able to come to the space on their own time to practice skills and reinforce knowledge gained in other ways?
Perhaps the educators could follow up in the comments with more information about this.