Academia Electronica was established in 2007 as a similar form to a Web university which acted in the Second Life 3D graphic environment. In 2008 the first nationwide academic course was held: Virtual Environment as the Human Reality. In successive years hundreds of students and many unregistered students participated in the lectures. Apart from regular courses, dozens of lectures were given by invited guests, during the From Student to Professor and Science Beyond Borders cycles. Many conference papers were pronounced on Polish and international congresses. In 2012 the first in Poland PhD thesis defence and the first MA examination all over the Web took place. There was first in Poland, public meeting done with Oculus Quest device in Academia. A twenty minutes, remote presentation “Virtual worlds – future education” took place on 22nd February 2020 during “Transhumanism. Ideas, strategies, concerns” conference organised by Artes Liberales Department of Warsaw University in cooperation with Society of Ethics and Philosophy of Technology. Technical support was provided by XR Institute working alongside Intermedia Department of Academia of Arts in Cracow.
Since its very beginnings the Academy has gained favour of the Jagiellonian University authorities, which resulted not only in their confidence to the Academy’s actions, but also in the technical support. In 2013 the Academia became an informal part of the Institute of Philosophy of the JU. The main objective of the Academia Electronica- Institute of Philosophy of the JU in the Second Life is to invite both academics and students to jointly research the Web phenomena with regard to various scientific disciplines, above all to follow inter-university courses, organised by the researchers from a variety of academic centres. The activity of the Academia Electronica- Institute of Philosophy of the JU is a common good of the academic community and it is a Web venue where it is possible to do research and teach students, too.
The Academia Electronica also means the development of academic culture on the Web, it is a place to which you could come any time and talk, listen to music or contemplate. This is the venue where the incoming human to the Web matters the most.
People and ambience, everlasting and intangible as well as profound values were at the beginnings of the Academy and they still are.
The archive of the courses and lectures from 2008 – 2013 could be found at the former website of the Academia Electronica: historia.academia-electronica.net