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In this presentation, John will share his experiences using virtual world …

In this presentation, John will share his experiences using virtual world
technology to enhance education and his current work at ReactionGrid to
create web and mobile-based virtual word platforms. He will share success
stories from university environments and describe best practices for
integrating virtual worlds into a broader curriculum. He will also explain
common pitfalls when exploring virtual world technologies and highlight the
unique affordances of virtual worlds when they are interwoven with existing
social media (e.g., Facebook) and web-based educational content.

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    Some of the links in my slides don’t seem to work in Slideshare, so here they are:

    Rutgers Jibe World: http://onlinelearning.rutgers.edu/virtual-worlds

    Department of Energy Jibe World: http://www.facebook.com/apps/application.php?id=124597584291998

    Demo Expo Jibe World (large meeting area): http://reactiongrid.com/unity3d/expo/

    NOAA’s Jibe World: http://apps.facebook.com/233797543335352/

    John Lester’s Demo Jibe World: http://jibemicro.reactiongrid.com/pathfinderlester/

    RSU3 Virtual Learning Center video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mvIdueQ_QRk
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  • 1. From Margins to Mainstream: Successfully Integrating Virtual Worlds into Educational Institutions John Lester Director, Community Development ReactionGrid Inc.Athabasca University November 10, 2011 These Slides: http://bit.ly/Athabasca2011
  • 2. ReactionGrid Inc. Services● Creating 3D Simulation and Virtual World platforms for general purpose use.● Developing desktop and mobile applications.● Helping clients with best practices for developing successful immersive learning projects.
  • 3. ReactionGrid Inc. Clients● Government: NASA, NOAA, DOE, GovGrid, Veterans Administration● Enterprise: IBM, Microsoft, Xerox, Siemens, Raytheon, Novonics, Emdeon, American Cancer Society, Aspyr Gaming Studios● Universities: Boston College, Cedar Crest Academy, Chanchung American International School, Colorado Mountain College, George Mason University, Georgia Tech, Hong Kong Polytechnic, Future University Japan, Perdue, Rutgers
  • 4. Immersive Learning and some Best Practices● "Emotional Bandwidth"● Building new tools to increase it.● Learning how to use existing tools better.
  • 5. Bound by our Biology● Our brain is designed to thrive in a 3d environment full of embodied people and places.● We forget the importance of social cues that build empathy and trust.● What we experience in a virtual environment feels real because our brain fills in the gaps.
  • 6. Common Pitfalls● Pattern Matching● The Tiger in the Grass● Lost Opportunities caused by using a new tool like an old tool.
  • 7. Creating Engagement● We tend to recreate the familiar.● We do this because the familiar feels safe.● The deepest learning happens not when we feel safe, but when we are fascinated with and challenged by our environment.
  • 8. RSU3 Virtual Learning Center (Adult Education, Maine) Challenge: Reduce Rural Isolation
  • 9. My Favorite Best Practice● Define and Remember your Strategic Goals Strategy without tactics is the slowest route to victory. Tactics without strategy is the noise before defeat. -Sun Tzu
  • 10. More Best Practices● Engage people Easily and Everywhere (3Es).● Make sure your tools work with each other.● Use industry standards whenever possible.● Focus on Augmenting, not Replacing.
  • 11. The Jibe Platform● Jibe is a multiuser 3d virtual world platform created by ReactionGrid using Unity3D technology.● A Jibe world can be embedded on any web page, with mobile support in progress.● Jibe integrates and communicates with web portals, LMS/CMS and industry standard databases.
  • 12. Visit this Jibe world
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  • 16. Fish where the Fish Live Visit this Jibe world
  • 17. Thank youpathfinder@reactiongrid.com twitter: @pathfinder contact: about.me/pathfinder Jibe-Unity3d Discussions:bit.ly/Jibe-Unity3d-Discussions slides: bit.ly/Athabasca2011 www.reactiongrid.com