2012 Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education Presentation
VWBPE 12:00 Session:Engaging Literature Students through Role Play and Set Creation in a Virtual World Presenter: Rawlslyn Francis (SL: Elphaba Helendale) @ rawlslyn Moderator: Cat Flanagan
Session Agenda• State purpose for using Second Life in my college literature courses• Review how I implement this virtual tool in a 12 week online course• Share my rubric for assessing the virtual projects• Discuss results and student feedback• Teleport to the FSCJ island for a virtual field trip
PURPOSE: - Increase students’ exploration and understanding ofliterary themes via an immersive learningenvironment. - By immersing students in the virtual creation of aliterary genre, they will gain a deeper understanding ofthe cultural influences that shape a piece of literature. Was I successful? You be the judge. Here we go!
Assignment: Recreate a setting from Nannie Eva in Second Life.To begin, you will write a short paragraphon your ideas for our virtual Nannie Evaproject. What scene(s) are at the "heart"of what the story intends to convey to itsreaders? Is there a character(s) weshould include? When you state whichscene(s) you think are important, youmust also state why. In essence, you areoffering your interpretation of a scene todemonstrate your understanding of thetheme of the novel. Im not looking for a"right" or "wrong" answer here. Usequotes to support your opinion.
Rubric for the Nannie Eva Virtual Project Virtual Task 10 5 1 0 50 points maxAttend Session #2 Present and Punctual - 10 minutes late AbsentAttend Session #3 Present and Punctual - 10 minutes late AbsentProposal Focused on specific scene States a specific scene Vague proposal; no NoSubmitted to and states intended but does not relate identifiable scene submissionDiscussion Forum purpose for recreating it purpose for recreating stated it2 Virtual Items 2 items submitted - 1 item submitted - Generic item(s); not NoCollected/Created Relevant to the scene Relevant to the scene specifically submissionfor the Setting under construction under construction identifiable to the scene under construction1 Question Asked Insightful and on-topic; Generic question not Inappropriate or Noin Text Chat to the demonstrates analysis of specifically related to unrelated question submissionAuthor (session 3) the theme and relates to your research paper your paper topic
Sample Student Response:I would like to build Nannie Evas boutique/home. The shop stands outas a very strong pivot to me. It also seems like the greatest detailprovided by the author was used in describing precisely what its likeinside the shop.I know some people might not find the shop to be as interesting asspecific scenes but thats why I like the idea of recreating the shop; its asolid foundation and expandable. When I say expandable I meanimagine going into each of the meditation rooms and clicking specificitems we place inside the boutique, and then it transports you to thevarious scenes. It would be like going into one of the trances describedin the novel. I know it sounds like more work creating multiple scenes totransport to on top of creating the boutique, but I see the scenes youtransport to as small dark hidden rooms without much in them but themost important elements of the scene. Once the shop is created peoplecould always expand on it some day later by adding different scenes totransport to or adding more detail.
Overhead View of the Nannie Eva Virtual Project
Students gather around the author, Amani Francis, as she discusses her inspiration for Nannie Eva.
Assignment: Role Play an Alternate Ending to Oedipus RexFirst, state in the discussion forum yourtop 2 choices for a character you arewilling to play.Second, state in the discussion forumyour ideas for the setting of yourgroup’s role play. Decide the objectiveof your presentation. What aspect ofthe human condition are you exploringas a group? What do you want theaudience to gain from your re-enactment?Third, write 2 paragraphs describing thebackground, cultural views, and motivesof your character. Remember, your roleplay will be based on the play, but youwill ad-lib the performance.
Rubric for the Oedipus Rex Role Play Virtual Task 25 10 5 0 100 points maxAttend Dress Present and Punctual - 10 minutes late AbsentRehearsal forRole PlayAttend Role Play Present and Punctual - 10 minutes late AbsentEventResearch and Precise and detailed Somewhat detailed Vague character NoCostume character description; character description; description; submission Costume superbly relates Costume adequately Costume not to theme relates to theme related to themePerformance Contributed at least 20 Contributed at least Contributed less No lines of chat; statements 10 lines of chat; than 10 lines of submission are relevant and develop statements are chat; statements (silent) role play somewhat relevant are vague and do and had minor impact not develop role on role play play development
Sample Student Response:Oedipus, the King of Steampunk, was raised by an air-ship scout who found him inthe mountains. Oedipuss adopted father designed, built, and flew air-ships. Oedipuslearned to love everything about Steampunk living. Oedipus is passionate, caring, andwants better living conditions and machinery for all the citizens of Steampunk.Oedipus is unaware of his biological parents and doesnt wish to seek them out, forhis adopted father taught him everything he knows about the Steampunk culture.The kingdom of Steampunk was being crippled by the shortage of oil, the infestationof beetles, and wood-eating worms. The engines in Steampunk are internalcombustion based, and they need oil to run the pistons that forces the steam throughthe engines for power. The citizens relied on the machines to cultivate the land, toproduce food, and to make their clothes. The citizens were dying from starvationbecause the machines were breaking down.After Oedipus answered the riddle of the Tin-man and saved the kingdom from theirtroubles, the citizens of Steampunk felt that he should be king, for the last kingwasnt found after his air-ship crashed into the mountains. Oedipus was the onlycitizen who knew how to redesign, build, and fly many of the king’s personal air-ships.Along with the kingdom came the hand-in-marriage of the Queen of Steampunk,Jocasta.
Students chose a “Steampunk” theme for their twist on the classic play, Oedipus Rex.
Assignment: Role Play for Usher in Second Life.First, obtain the letter text from the front page of thepublic wiki, "Nevermore." This is your summons to theHouse of Usher:https://sites.google.com/site/virtualpoe/cluesSecond, obtain Victorian garb at the Visitor Center (seelandmark in your email).Third, decide what is the "story arc" (A supernaturalcause? An overdose of meds by Roderick, trying to curehis sister? An Evil family doctor misdiagnosing meds?)The best RP will be preceded by reading Poes tale. It islinked to the Nevermore wiki.
Rubric for the Usher Role Play Virtual Task 20 10 5 0 60 points maxAttend Role Play Present and Punctual - 10 minutes late AbsentEventResearch and Precise and detailed Somewhat detailed Vague character NoCostume character description; character description; description; submission Costume superbly relates Costume adequately Costume not to theme relates to theme related to themePerformance Contributed at least 20 Contributed at least 10 Contributed less No lines of chat; statements lines of chat; than 10 lines of submission are relevant and develop statements are chat; statements (silent) role play somewhat relevant are vague and do and had minor impact not develop role on role play play development
Fall 2011 Student Survey Results (40 responses total):1. Before the course began, were you excited about using Second Life as a learningtool?Not at all – 3 (7.5%) Somewhat - 25 (62.5%) Very interested - 12 (30%)2. After using Second Life as a learning tool, do you think it is effective in motivatingyou to connect with the course content?Not at all – 2 (5%) Somewhat - 17 (42.5%) Extremely – 21 (52.5%)3. Would you take another course specifically because it would incorporate animmersive virtual environment?Not at all – 2 (5%) Maybe – 19 (47.5%) Definitely – 19 (47.5%)4. You were required to meet for 4 (one hour) sessions during the 12-week term. Do youthink meeting 4 times during the term was too much? Yes, too much - 6 (15%) Adequate amount - 22 (55%) Not at all. I wanted to meet more. – 12 (30%)
ONLINE COURSES - FALL TERM 2011 Grade Distribution English Composition 1102 Intro to Literature 2000 W - 4% W – 4% FN – 4% FN – 4% I – 13% B – 19% A – 43% C - 17% A – 71% B - 17%*23 students *21 students