Second Life:  The Future of Communications? <ul><ul><ul><li>Nicola Martinez </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Sloan-C Internatio...
<ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>  </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>The virtual and immersive world Second Life provides its &...
The Future of Communication <ul><li>By the end of 2011, 80 percent of active Internet users (and Fortune 500 enterprises) ...
Profile Communicates Avatar Details
Follow the Green Dots Each  green dot  = one avatar.  Follow the dots to find the people.
Reuters Island Reuters Island
Reuters Hud Reuters News HUD SL News, Real Life Feeds Linden Exchange Rate
IBM Recruitment Center IBM Recruitment Center
Research Park Trauma Center
NMC Orientation
NMC Orientation
Isle of Wyrms
Isle of Wyrms - International Citizenry <ul><li>English  (US, Canada, UK, Australia, NZ) </li></ul><ul><li>Dutch </li></ul...
Citizen Group Roles <ul><li>Guest  – trial citizenship </li></ul><ul><li>Citizen - full citizenship </li></ul><ul><li>Volu...
PG SIM No nudity No obscenity No violence No weapons No harassment No begging Citizens Only Build Rules Posted
In World Group Communication Channels <ul><li>Isle of Wyrms Help Forum  – Provides 24 hour live assistance drawing from in...
Virtual Communities Live Music Concert
  In-World Communications <ul><li>Live one-to-one assistance:   in-world staffing of the Cathedral and the Sandbox, the tw...
Virtuality and Immersion Cathedral:   The Immersive Experience Community in Action Dragons assisting Dragons
Ongoing Events <ul><li>Drum Dance Circle </li></ul><ul><ul><li>every other week </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Wyrm Wyrds storytel...
Charity Auction Fundraising for Real Life Charities – Converting Lindens to Real Money
Conclusion <ul><li>Avatars are real people engaging in social, business and educational transactions in a virtual world. <...
References - Online <ul><li>Second Life Education Wiki </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.simteach.com/wiki/index.php?title=Seco...
References - Books <ul><li>Boellstorff, T. (2008).  Coming Of Age In Second Life : An Anthropologist Explores The Virtuall...
Contact Information Nicola Martinez Director of Curriculum and Instructional Design SUNY Empire State College Center for D...
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The virtual and immersive world Second Life provides its "residents" with a visually rich, interactive, social networking environment, and the spaces and tools to explore the possibilities for communications, collaboration, learning and global interaction.

This presentation introducces the audience to Second Life communities and educational sites, while providing strategies for building successful virtual communities and meeting the challenges of multilingual, synchronous
communications in immersive environments.

The author includes a case study on the Isle of Wyrms, a Second Life immersive world with an international, multilingual virtual citizenry.

Presented at the Technical Communication Summit, June 2, 2008

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    1. 1. Second Life: The Future of Communications? <ul><ul><ul><li>Nicola Martinez </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Sloan-C International Symposium </li></ul><ul><li>Emerging Technology Applications for Online Learning </li></ul><ul><li>Monday, June 2, 2008 </li></ul>Nicola Martinez June 2, 2008
    2. 2. <ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>The virtual and immersive world Second Life provides its &quot;residents&quot; with a visually rich, interactive, social networking environment, and the spaces and tools to explore the possibilities for communications, collaboration, learning and global interaction. </li></ul><ul><li>This presentation will introduce the audience to Second Life communities and educational sites, while providing strategies for building successful virtual communities and meeting the challenges of multilingual, synchronous communications in immersive environments. </li></ul><ul><li>I will focus on a case study on the Isle of Wyrms, a Second Life immersive world with an international, multilingual virtual citizenry. </li></ul>
    3. 3. The Future of Communication <ul><li>By the end of 2011, 80 percent of active Internet users (and Fortune 500 enterprises) will have a “second life”, but not necessarily in Second Life, according to Gartner, Inc. http://www.gartner.com/it/page.jsp?id=503861 </li></ul><ul><li>13,867,326 registered users as of this morning (6-2-08 ) </li></ul><ul><li>Gartner: Second Law: Behind every avatar is a real person. Gartner said people can’t be fooled by the fantasy elements in the virtual world.  There are unwritten rules and expectations for behavior and culture are developing. </li></ul><ul><li>Gartner: Today’s multiplicity of virtual environments has developed through the convergence of social networking, simulation and online gaming. </li></ul><ul><li>There are over 300 + educational institutions represented in Second Life </li></ul>
    4. 4. Profile Communicates Avatar Details
    5. 5. Follow the Green Dots Each green dot = one avatar. Follow the dots to find the people.
    6. 6. Reuters Island Reuters Island
    7. 7. Reuters Hud Reuters News HUD SL News, Real Life Feeds Linden Exchange Rate
    8. 8. IBM Recruitment Center IBM Recruitment Center
    9. 9. Research Park Trauma Center
    10. 10. NMC Orientation
    11. 11. NMC Orientation
    12. 12. Isle of Wyrms
    13. 13. Isle of Wyrms - International Citizenry <ul><li>English (US, Canada, UK, Australia, NZ) </li></ul><ul><li>Dutch </li></ul><ul><li>French (France, Belgium, Switzerland, French Canada) </li></ul><ul><li>German </li></ul><ul><li>Italian </li></ul><ul><li>Japanese </li></ul><ul><li>Polish </li></ul><ul><li>Portuguese (Brazil and Portugal) </li></ul><ul><li>Spanish (Spain and Latin America) </li></ul>The IOW Leadership makes a concerted effort to recruit guides From among the native speakers of represented language groups
    14. 14. Citizen Group Roles <ul><li>Guest – trial citizenship </li></ul><ul><li>Citizen - full citizenship </li></ul><ul><li>Volunteer - citizen helper, non staff </li></ul><ul><li>Guide - citizen helper, first level staff </li></ul><ul><li>Mentor - citizen leader, chosen from guide pool </li></ul><ul><li>Advocate – bridge between citizens and high council members </li></ul><ul><li>Mayor – elected by citizens from among the citizens </li></ul><ul><li>Ambassador - not a citizen group role…High Council, citizen representative at large </li></ul><ul><li>Guardian -Peacekeeper, Leader </li></ul>
    15. 15. PG SIM No nudity No obscenity No violence No weapons No harassment No begging Citizens Only Build Rules Posted
    16. 16. In World Group Communication Channels <ul><li>Isle of Wyrms Help Forum – Provides 24 hour live assistance drawing from international citizenry. </li></ul><ul><li>Isle of Wyrms Citizen’s Group- Invitation Only </li></ul><ul><li>Council of Hatchlings, Council of Wyrmlings, Council of Wyrms- Invitation Only, after authentication and by registration. For admin notices. </li></ul><ul><li>Isle of Wyrms Conference Hall- Staff Communications Channel. Gives staff immediate access to each other and to IOW highest levels of leadership. </li></ul><ul><li>Dragon Friends – Non-draconian, interested in the dragons and the isles </li></ul><ul><li>misc. related groups </li></ul>
    17. 17. Virtual Communities Live Music Concert
    18. 18. In-World Communications <ul><li>Live one-to-one assistance: in-world staffing of the Cathedral and the Sandbox, the two places new visitors are most likely to visit. </li></ul><ul><li>24 h Live Help Forum </li></ul><ul><li>Multilingual Notecards </li></ul><ul><li>In-World Posters that give out notecard information </li></ul><ul><li>The Herald , a monthly newspaper </li></ul><ul><li>Interactive Scripted Objects Creating the Immersive Experience </li></ul>
    19. 19. Virtuality and Immersion Cathedral: The Immersive Experience Community in Action Dragons assisting Dragons
    20. 20. Ongoing Events <ul><li>Drum Dance Circle </li></ul><ul><ul><li>every other week </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Wyrm Wyrds storytelling </li></ul><ul><ul><li>alternating with Drum Dance </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Dragon Hatching Releases </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Most Anticipated Event on the Isles. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Dragons are released in limited numbers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Four times yearly and when a new species is created </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Summer and Winter Festivals </li></ul><ul><li>Holiday Events </li></ul><ul><li>Hatchie “Raids” </li></ul><ul><li>Otherworld Visits </li></ul><ul><li>Organized Games, etc. </li></ul>
    21. 21. Charity Auction Fundraising for Real Life Charities – Converting Lindens to Real Money
    22. 22. Conclusion <ul><li>Avatars are real people engaging in social, business and educational transactions in a virtual world. </li></ul><ul><li>I have met residents from all over the world in Second Life, including avatars from Croatia and Sichuan, China with limited English language skills. This takes globalization to the next level. </li></ul><ul><li>Isle of Wyrms residents include a number of people over forty, with several closer to 60 than 40. This is not a Grand Theft Auto gaming audience, though they may have dabbled in World of Warcraft. </li></ul><ul><li>Communications in Second Life are complex. </li></ul><ul><li>Mastery of the communication technology, culture and capabilities are key to success in virtual worlds. </li></ul>
    23. 23. References - Online <ul><li>Second Life Education Wiki </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.simteach.com/wiki/index.php?title=Second_Life_Education_Wiki </li></ul><ul><li>Educational Uses of Second Life </li></ul><ul><li>http://sleducation.wikispaces.com/educationaluses#interactive </li></ul><ul><li>New Media Consortium Second Life Wiki </li></ul><ul><li>http://sl.nmc.org/wiki/Main_Page </li></ul><ul><li>Isle of Wyrms Wiki </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.daryth.com/draconica/index.php/Main_Page </li></ul><ul><li>Basic Communication in Second Life </li></ul><ul><li>http://slisweb.sjsu.edu/sl/index.php/Basic_Communication_in_Second_Life </li></ul><ul><li>Official SL Video Tutorials </li></ul><ul><li>http://wiki.secondlife.com/wiki/Video_Tutorials </li></ul>
    24. 24. References - Books <ul><li>Boellstorff, T. (2008). Coming Of Age In Second Life : An Anthropologist Explores The Virtually Human . Princeton, Princeton University Press. </li></ul><ul><li>Guest, T. (2007). Second Lives : A Journey Through Virtual Worlds . New York, Random House. </li></ul><ul><li>Meadows, M. S. (2007). I, Avatar : The Culture And Consequences Of Having A Second Life . Indianapolis, Ind.; London, New Riders ; Pearson Education. </li></ul><ul><li>Robbins, S. and M. R. Bell (2008). Second Life For Dummies . Hoboken, NJ, Wiley Pub. </li></ul><ul><li>Rymaszewski, M. (2007). Second Life : The Official Guide . San Francisco, Calif.; Chichester; Hoboken, N.J., Sybex] ; John Wiley . </li></ul><ul><li>Weber, A., K. Rufer-Bach, et al. (2008). Creating Your World : The Official Guide To Advanced Content Creation For Second Life . Indianapolis, IN, Wiley Pub. </li></ul>
    25. 25. Contact Information Nicola Martinez Director of Curriculum and Instructional Design SUNY Empire State College Center for Distance Learning 111 West Avenue, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 518-587-2100, ext. 2276 [email_address] Ragitake Takakura in Second Life [email_address]
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