As you all know Second Life ended special discounts for educators, so some have looked for other virtual worlds to explore.
http://www.kzero.co.uk/blog/?p=4599 Here’s some more statistics from Kzero – a company in the UK that is involved in marketing. The number of registered accounts/users of virtual worlds increased to 1.400 billion users world wide by Quarter 2, 2011
Second Life has been an option for educators with a lot of librarians (like us!) getting involved probably around 2005. Some librarians were on Second Life even earlier.
Here’s a review of some costs that might be associated with Second Life. Second Life is still an interesting option since there is no need to spend any money to join. If you can borrow some space or share rent, Second Life can still cost next to nothing.
Some educators and librarians have left Second Life for various reasons – including a rise in costs for land.
OpenSim is one option for those who want to explore additional virtual worlds.
One important OpenSim Grid – Jokadia. Jokadia works with K-12 groups and beyond.
http://www.hypergridbusiness.com/category/articles/features/ There are some charges for use – but if all users are willing to get a Facebook account, this can be an easy way to try out a virtual world without downloading any complex software.
Jibe is the name of a virtual world platform for web browsers. SeeJohn Lester (formerly “Pathfinder Linden”)’s blog Be Cunninng and Full of Tricks http://becunningandfulloftricks.com/ for tutorials, invitations to his office hours in his virtual world in a browser.
One problem for educators and librarians is discovering virtual worlds in use by others. How do you arrange for a visit? The HyperGate (an intellectual property violation?) provides a trigger to teleport around the HyperGrid. Owners decide whether or not to participate in this.
Some questions about virtual worlds: Can you export and important content from one world to another? Will you have to create your work on each new virtual world? What about your avatar? Can you present yourself as the same avatar on more than one virtual world?
Here are some more things that educators and librarians consider: How will we know what is happening on various virtual worlds? How will be all be able to collaborate?
Importing and exporting content including avatars is becoming a possibility. Some of this depends on intellectual property rights as well as interoperability of virtual worlds. Sharing content is still a possibility.
Check out these slides for some of the discussion lists, google groups, and Facebook resources.
Another place to find out about virtual worlds. The Association of Virtual Worlds has some guides to virtual worlds that might not be comprehensive, but provide many places to explore!
Beyond second life_acrl_final version
Association of College Research Libraries December 18, 2011 Joe Floyd & Ilene FrankUniversity of South Florida Library
Virtual world developed by Linden Lab. Has its own currency, the Linden dollar. $1 usd=$251 linden dollars. No membership fees. Full region $295 a month. ($1000 setup) Homestead region $125 a month. ($375 setup) Users may also rent, share or use public spaces at lower or no cost. 32,035 regions (November 2011) 26.1 million registered users (May 2011)
Costs of “land” went up with educational discounts ending Linden Lab downgraded the attention given educators Some were simply interested in trying out different options where they felt more in control Some liked the idea of the “walled garden” where they had more control over where students went and whom they might meetSo what about other options?
Allows users to run a virtual world on their own PC/Server. Can be run as a stand-alone or as a collaborative world like Second Life Better security…can be run behind a school’s firewall Portability-can run world on a USB stick Faster-no limitation based on speed of your internet connection since the world can be run locally.
The Islands of jokaydia is a virtual worlds community of practice facilitated by Jokay Wollongong. Jokaydia residents explore the use of virtual worlds and games for education, arts and social change. $25 with a $50 setup fee on the education-focused JokaydiaGrid. Underlying infrastructure is handled by ReactionGrid. No currency. 91 regions 1832 registered users (November 2011).
Largest growing OpenSim. Two types of land available: private isles and mainland regions. You may also rent parcels from InWorldz land owners. Mainland region: $60 a month with $60 setup fee for a 30K prim region. Private isle region: $75 a month with $75 setup fee for a 45K prim region 846 regions with 47,232 total users. (November 2011).
A virtual world for education, collaboration, and learning. ReactionGrid has a formal partnership with Microsoft. Educational discount built in. $75 per month with $220 setup fee, for 4 regions 76 regions 9921 total users. “Best for: hanging out with teachers”
Bibliotheque A library /exhibit on the history of information
French free community grid 390 regions 3722 users “Best Hypergrid for hanging out with French people”Free to users, landowners pay membership fees
Dreamland Metaverse: regions start at $30 a month for 12K prim region, no setup fee, either on OS Grid or as a separate world. Reputation for reliability. Customers include Fortune 500 companies. Includes voice, groups, search, offline messages and hypergrid access. SimHost: regions start at $150 per month for a mini- grid. $99 setup fee. Reputation for high-end custom development work.
The easiest user interface of any hosting provider, Kitely allows any Facebook user to create, load, and enter an OpenSim world in less than 2 minutes. Once youve set up your virtual world, log in via Facebook and choose which Facebook friends can visit. Supports up to 100 concurrent visitors per region. Virtual world stored is stored in your account . Costs 10 cents a month for 100K prims Costs for users visiting one of your virtual worlds .20 cents per hour. No setup fees 1327 regions 1,832 registered users (November 2011).
Jibe is the name of a virtual world running on the Unity 3D webbrowser, developed by ReactionGrid. Unity 3D is a professional gamedevelopment platform used for creating 3D environments. Jibe allowsanyone to deploy multi-user worlds built with Unity 3D.
CroquetActive Worlds Immersive Education Open WONDERLAND
If you create /purchase content on one virtual world, can you bring it with you to new worlds? What about your avatar and your avatar’s name? Can you register for the same name in each virtual world? Will you need to have a number of avatars?
How will educators and librarians know what is happening on various virtual worlds? Will educators and librarians still be able to collaborate as well if everyone’s using different virtual worlds?
One avatar / many worlds: Becoming possible with importing/exporting capabilities Create once/ experience everywhere: Exporting and importing content not yet automatic or easy, but becoming a possibility. OAR (OpenSimulator Archive): Archive of resources shared by creators of works on OpenSim worlds
Hypergrid Business http://www.hypergridbusiness.com iED firstname.lastname@example.org jibe-and-unity3D@googlegroups.com OpenSim Education List http://list.opensim-edu.org/listinfo.cgi/education- opensim-edu.org
SLED https://lists.secondlife.com/cgi- bin/mailman/listinfo/educators Virtual Worlds Educause discussion list VW@listserv.educause.edu VWE Virtual Worlds Association (Facebook) 3D Immersive Learning Quality (Facebook)
More worlds listed at the Association of Virtual Worlds: http://www.associationofvirtualworlds.com/
Joe Floydjfloyd@usf.eduJoe Cupola in Second LifeIlene Frankifrank@usf.eduIlene Pratt in Second Life