Last updated October 13, 1999 (wow that's quite a while ago...)

Sociology of Cyberspace

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Bibliographies & documnent indexes & Mailing lists

  1. Introduction
  2. Events, What's new
  3. General Index Pages
  4. Educational MUDs
  5. Publications
  6. Guides, FAQs & Manuals
  7. "Educational" Moo objects
  8. Clients
  9. Various


MUDs used to stand for "Multi-user Dungeons", i.e. multi-user interactive role-playing games on the Internet. Today, the concept "MUD" refers to all primarily text-based Multi-User Dimensions. MUD technology can be used for education in various ways. To connect to a MUD, you can use a telnet client, but better find a specialized Client In education, MOOs (MUD, Object Oriented) are most popular since they have a sophisticated built-in programming language..

MUDs (and specially the MOO variant) can be be characterized by:

Events, What's New ?

General Index Pages

Educational MUDs

  1. Indexes & other Summary Information:


  1. Educational & Reserach MUDS Note that some are "serious" MUDs with additional themes or "social" MUDs with educational and/or research activites.

WWW Pagetelnet:// Theme: Contains virtual classrooms and more for use by internal and distance education students and teachers, up to Ph.D level. WE hope to turn it into a WOO as part of a package of Internet tools in the virtual classroom.


           WWW Information Page

Purpose: A virtual meeting place for biology professionals.
WWW-Moo Interface: First connect via telnet (at the address given above) and log in with "guest [name] [password]", using a [name] and [password] of your choice. Then connect to the web access system (at, and enter the same name and password in the web authentication form when requested.


Gopher Page


WWW Page
Theme: Explorenet is a multimedia MUD environment for use between schools. It is part of the Virtual Academy Project at the University of Central Florida and the Coalition of Essential Schools at Brown University.

French MOO

Theme: Learning french (by conversation, games, etc.)

Lingua MOO

WWW Information page
WWW interface:
Theme: LINGUA MOO is an educational and professional community for teachers and students at The University of Texas at Dallas. It is both a learning environment and a place where faculty collaborate on various projects related to teaching and research using electronic media. It is also designed to support links with other MOOs and collectives like AEE (Alternative Education Environments) and the GNA-Net (Globewide Network Academy).

Little Italy

WWW Information page
Theme: ???
Special Features: Italian Spoken.


Theme: A virtual image of the world: geography, culture, history...


WWW Information Page
Organization: sponsored by Miami University's Classics and Religion departments.
Theme:It is open to the public, but is intended for building virtual models of important historical and religious buildings and regions. It is sponsored by Miami University's Classics and Religion departments and is being built (so far) by a motley group of professors, grad students and undergraduates. The MOO is first and foremost an academic tool.
WWW-MOO Interface:


Theme: See here (includes bibliography and how to use information).


WWW Information Page
Organization: Dept. of Rhetoric and Composition, U of Texas at Austin
Theme: OWL (Online Writing Laboratory) is maintained by members of the Undergraduate Writing Center (Dept. of Rhetoric and Composition). OWL's primary purpose is to allow on-line consultations between UWC staff and UT students concerning student writing skills. It has also become a meeting place for UT faculty and students and faculty from around the country, as well as the site of a weekly Creative Writing Workshop.
Access: Anyone interested in more info about it should contact Susan Warshauer of the UWC at


Theme:Virtual Classrooms. Several Actvities, see e.g. New Tools for Teaching and especially the MOO: The virtual classroom by James J. O'Donnell - e.g. PennMOO for English 88

schMOOze University

Theme: schMOOze is a small, friendly college known for its hospitality and the diversity of the student population. It was established in July, 1994 as a place where people studying English as a second or foreign language could practice English while sharing ideas and experiences with other learners and practicers of English. Students have opportunities for one-on-one and group conversations as well as access to language games, an on-line dictionary, USENET feed, and gopher access. Although schMOOze was founded with the ESL/EFL student in mind, it welcomes all people interested in cross-cultural communication.

SchoolNet MOO

Theme: Canada's SchoolNet runs its own K-12, bilingual (English/French) educational MOO.
Access: The MOO itself is at 7777, but does not allow guest connections
Example of what they do: "Last May, for example, we held a Q/A session between the Minister of Justice of Canada and students from 7 different schools from accross Canada. (Transcript: here)


The WWW-MOO Interface
Organization: TECFA (Technologies de Formation et Apprentissage), Faculte de Psychologie et des Sciences de l'Education, University of Geneva.
Theme: This is our (this WWW page maintainer's) MOO. Its main purposes are research (in educational technology and CMC) and some education.
Special Topics: See the TecfaMOO Project page for more information (documentation, articles, student projects, etc.).

Virtual Online University

WWW page.
Theme: Virtual Online University, a member of the GNA consortium, sponsors two educational endeavors encompassing both secondary and post-secondary education: Athena University - a classically-oriented institution of higher learning offering university classes on the internet - and the GENII Lab School. GENII is an internet training resource to K-12, higher education and business professionals. A central mission of GENII is to bring effective and affordable internet training to everyone who needs it.
Access: Visit us at telnet://


Theme: A MOO will offer [...] chances to use a social environment for educational purposes, a chance for teachers and students to learn by engaging in the construction of simulations. And since everything in a MOO is written, the thing plays to MU's commitment to improving student writing. It may also contribute to the university's efforts to support computer and information literacy. See the Virtual place for Writers WWW home page for details on the on-line writery.

Other interesting MUDs

  1. Professional Communities
PMC MOO - WWW Page (includes a telnet/tinyfuge button, good idea!)
Theme: Postmodern Culture. This page includes pointers to the issues of "Postmodern Culture: An Electronic Journal of Interdisciplinary Criticism" and other PMC stuff.
See also: WWW Page of the Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities, The University of Virginia. (includes a telnet button for the IATH-specific MOO).

Media MOO

Theme:Meeting Place for Media Researchers, one of the "ancient MOOs".
See also:
Some of the educational MOOs above: (BioMOO, TecfaMOO, ...)
  1. Various
Special Features: A True Multi-lingual MOO !

The ChibaMOO/WOO

WWW Page. (WWW pages and telnet buttons for the Sprawl, World and WaxWeb MOOs)
Special features: Integrates the WWW and the MOO.
Lambda MOO
Theme: Moo-Fun, cultural
Special Features: The largest (I think) and the best known, got some exposure in the Media.
Jay's House MOO (JHM) - WWW-Page
Theme:An ongoing project to investigate text-based VR.
Special Features: Hang-out for some very good Moo programmers

PtMOOt (dead now)
Theme: ActLab's Quote "It attempts to reproduce the 'real world' by disallowing any sort of communication or action unless it has a real-life counterpart. It also has an interesting economic system established. To excite things a bit, there's some good ol' fashion conspiracy wacko and Lovecraftian elements to spice things up a bit." See this Gopher page for more information.


Bibliographies & Document Indexes, mailing lists

PLEASE (applies to all on-line information): People should sign their pages and even more so their on-line articles!

  1. Bibliographies:
  1. Mailing Lists (and Archives)

Guides, FAQs & Manuals

  1. Beginners help
  2. Programmers
  3. FAQs

"Educational" Moo objects

  1. Tools for on-line classes & tutorial rooms:
  2. Educational environments:

Clients .


  1. WWW and MOO
  2. Future Multimedia MOOs (other than WWW-MOOs)
  3. Future text based VR, technical discussions, etc.
  4. MUDs and VR
  5. Alternative conferencing/mud stuff:
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