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Simon Bignell's Keynote Lecture at 2nd International Cyberpsychology and Computing Psychology Conference (CyComP 2012) at University of Bolton, July 2012. ...

Simon Bignell's Keynote Lecture at 2nd International Cyberpsychology and Computing Psychology Conference (CyComP 2012) at University of Bolton, July 2012.

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Online multi-user virtual environments such as Second Life™ are computer programs populated with personalised digital avatars that offer users the potential to engage in customised lifelike learning activities. Once developed, teaching and research materials created ‘in world’ are persistent and can be accessed continuously, mashed with other online services or used for real-time group activities.

The highly immersive nature of multi-user virtual worlds such as Second Life™ and the economies of scale of deployed e-learning and online research make these methods increasingly appealing across the education sector. However, developing and delivering teaching in virtual worlds is challenging, requires planning and possibly requires relinquishing much control to the learner. Likewise, doubts exist about the validity for conducting research and ethical issues remain about anonymity, avatar identity and reliability of the data produced.

Within Second Life™ many Universities are using problem-based learning, simulation and role play to provide digital learning environments that are comparable to the contemporary classroom with all of the advantages of a fully immersive online/distance learning platform. Additionally, the platform offers educationalists and researchers licence to go beyond traditional pedagogic and experimental methods.

Thousands of virtual world settings have be developed as highly experiential real world simulations but it is also possible to offer a ‘stripped-back’ teaching space that removes distractions from the learner’s environment and focuses on individual sequential learning. The benefits are also clear for researchers wishing to remove confounding variables from their virtual experimental space or to fully immerse their participants in a virtual context (or body) and maintain experimental control. The challenge to these innovative spaces is in realizing their potential without being bogged-down in technology.

This talk follows several funded projects by the author and collaborators and plots the progress and future direction of teaching and research in these evolving online digital communities.

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  • 1. The Fall and Rise of Virtual Worlds in Online Teaching and Research: Early Adopters, Geek Cliques and Cool Innovation CyComP 2012 - University of Bolton By Simon Bignell (Avatar Milton Broome)Centre for Psychological Research, University of Derby, UK
  • 2. Some Virtual ‘Worlds’
  • 3. The Emergence of Virtual Worlds in Higher Education• The Hype Cycles from Gartner provide a graphic representation of the maturity and adoption of technologies and applications. http://www.gartner.com/
  • 4. Gartner Hype Cycle for Education, 2009 http://www.gartner.com/
  • 5. Gartner Hype Cycle for Education, 2009 http://www.gartner.com/
  • 6. Gartner Hype Cycle for Education, 2011 http://www.gartner.com/
  • 7. Gartner Hype Cycle for Education, 2011 http://www.gartner.com/
  • 8. Project webpage: http://previewpsych.org/
  • 9. ‘JISC - Moving into Virtual Worlds - Emerging Practice in a Digital Age’• With Aston University Here: http://www.youtube.com/watch? v=2aTvE2OBQHc• JISC resources feature commentary and reflection on pedagogical applications of virtual worlds. Emerging Practice in a Digital Age JISC VIDEO http://www.jisc.ac.uk/emergeresource
  • 10. “We worked as a “...the contentteam... this seemed was easy tomuch more valuable access and thethan just writing an tasks veryessay of having a enjoyable.”discussion.”“I was thinkingmore about thereal lifePsychologybecause theavatarsrepresented realpeople with realpsychologicalproblems.”
  • 11. Best Practices DocumentBest Practices in Virtual Worlds Teaching: Aguide to using problem-based learning in SecondLifeDownload available here:http://previewpsych.org/BPD2.0.pdf
  • 12. Virtual Neonatal Ward: for a Developmental Psychology Module at University of Derby Video of Neonatal Unit (1m16s): http://youtu.be/sEd9s0toHuk
  • 13. Educational Visual Storylines – ‘Cartoons’• Uses a virtual world to create educational cartoons for Teaching and Online Learning.• Rapidly develop and deploy to modules.• Import straight into our Virtual Learning platform.
  • 14. • With Dr Rosemary Horry (Environmental Sciences, Derby), funded by the Higher Education Academy, we used Second Life to rate people’s pro-environmental behaviour and attitudes to ‘green’ issues such as recycling, energy use Example project video (3m20s): and resources. http://youtu.be/N_0FNyUX1Uo• Participants reported more pro-environmental behaviour a week after seeing the videos.
  • 15. JISC Emerging Practice in a Digital Age: A guide to technology-enhanced institutional innovation• A guide with the emphasis on emerging practice rather than emerging technology Download the document here: http://www.jisc.ac.uk/media/documents/programmes/elearning/digiemerge/5_JISC_EmPDA_D
  • 16. Using problem-based learning within 3D virtual worlds– Published book chapter in with Dr Vanessa Parson (Sunderland University, Previously at Aston). • Parson, V. & Bignell, S. (2011). in Hinrichs, R and Wankel, C (Eds), Transforming Virtual World Learning: Cutting-edge technologies in higher education, Vol. 4, pp. 245–265. Emerald Group Publishing Limited:http://www.amazon.co.uk/Transforming-Learning-Cutting-edge-Technol Teynampet, India.
  • 17. Websites and Blogs etc.Blog www.MiltonBroome.com Project Website www.PREVIEWPsych.orgSecond Life Web Portalhttp://psychology.derby.ac.uk/secondlife/
  • 18. A Framework for Learning, Support andResearch in Multi-User Virtual Worlds
  • 19. A Framework for Learning, Support and Research in Multi-User Virtual Worlds.• Learning and Teaching – Sound pedagogy, Blended, Supplementary.• Support – User-oriented, Dynamic, Responsive.• Research – Ethics, Methodology, Validity.• The interaction between these three factors is critical for success.
  • 20. A Framework for Learning, Support andResearch in Multi-User Virtual Worlds
  • 21. A Framework for Learning, Support and Research in Multi-User Virtual Worlds• Tools • Virtual Infrastructure, Avatars, Presenters, Gadgets, Web Integration, Audio/Visual [Building and Scripting].• Techniques • Inductions, Camera, Movement, Inventory, Communion, (text, voice and video), Appearance, Groups, Mashups/Blended contents, Overcoming Resistance, Facilitating Virtually, Dealing with Disembodiment.• Technologies • Bandwidth, GPUs, CPUs, Server-side, Lag(s), Clients, Firewalls, Peripherals, Updates.
  • 22. Virtual Campus Flythrough (1m6s): http://youtu.be/GQnyb87Zj0oHow to visit the University of Derby Second Life Islands:•Create and avatar: http://tinyurl.com/GETAN-AVATAR•Install Second Life: http://tinyurl.com/Download-SL•Teleport to us: http://tinyurl.com/DERBYSECONDLIFE
  • 23. Simon BignellCentre for Psychological Research University of Derby, UK s.bignell@derby.ac.uk +44 (0)1332 593043 (ext: 3043) www.MiltonBroome.com www.PREVIEWPsych.org