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Second Life for Administrators

Second Life for Administrators



Presentation for ITC E-Learning 2008, providing information to educational administrators interested in Second Life and virtual worlds.

Presentation for ITC E-Learning 2008, providing information to educational administrators interested in Second Life and virtual worlds.



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  • Second Life for Administrators Dr. Andrew Jones , Vice Chancellor for Educational Affairs Dallas County Community College District Patti Jennings , Marketing Executive Dallas County Community College District Erin Jennings , Instructional Design Assistant The University of Texas at Dallas eLearning – February 17-19, 2008 Landscape – Nighthawks24
  • Overview Overview
    • What is Second Life?
    • Why explore virtual worlds?
    • Vocabulary
    • Administrative Issues
    • Content Delivery
    • Pedagogy
    • Virtual Field Trips
    • Resources
    Capitol Hill Island – U2Katrina
  • What is Second Life?
    • MUVE
      • Multi-User Virtual Environment
    • www.secondlife.com
      • “ Second Life is a 3-D virtual world entirely built and owned by its residents.”
      • Second Life is NOT a game
      • Main grid is for adults only (18+)
    Harvard’s Berkman Island – U2Katrina
    • The Horizon Report, 2007 Edition
    • Campuses and businesses have established locations in these worlds
    • Much like websites a few years ago
    • Virtual locations will become more common and more mature as the trend continues.
    • Time to Adoption: Two to Three Years
    Virtual Worlds Ohio State – U2Katrina
  • Why Second Life/Virtual Worlds
    • Stimulates the mind to consider others ways of doing and knowing
    • Helps creates no boundaries mindsets; provides a practical way of doing outside the box
    • Depicts visible models of possibilities
    • Because students will expect it
    NOAA’s Meteora Island – Sridgway
    • Allows for explorations in a safe environment
    • Second Life lets you build customized environments
    • Places user in totally immersive learning environments
    Second Health – Planet Video Why Second Life/Virtual Worlds
  • Why Second Life/Virtual Worlds
    • Can devise collaborative models through highly interactive sim-models
    • Mirrors interactive experience for millennial students
    • Has unlimited promotional potential (limited by imagination)
    Virginia Tech Candlelight Vigil – U2Katrina Why Second Life/Virtual Worlds
  • Avatar: a virtual representation of a real person. You can design your avatar’s appearance to be whatever you want! Island: a virtual parcel of land in Second Life. Islands may be separated by many meters of ocean or grouped together to form larger areas. Vocabulary Sim (Simulation): a named region that makes up part of the Second Life world. UTD SOM – U2Katrina
  • Prims (Primitives): simple objects used as building blocks in Second Life. Sandbox: an area of a sim where all residents are given permission to build. Sandboxes can be set to return objects automatically after a specified period of time. Vocabulary UTD SOM - erinserenity
  • Griefing : the harassment of other Second Life residents through offensive actions, in violation of the SL community standards. Vocabulary Edwards Campaign HQ – U2Katrina
  • Procedures – Buying an Island
    • Pitfall: Who owns the official avatar?
    • Resource: Second Life: The Official Guide
    • Set up a premium account and avatar
    • Pick a location for your island
    • Purchase the island
    DCCCD - erinserenity
  • Real Costs – Buying an Island
    • Premium account subscription: $10/month
    • Island: $980 (with educational discount)
    • Maintenance: $150/month (with discount)
    • First year total: $2,900
    • Subsequent years: $1,920
    Pitfalls: terms of service, business procedures for monthly payments UTD SOM - erinserenity
  • Procedures - Development
    • Select:
    • steering committee
    • project manager
    • developer
    • Develop:
    • an island plan
    • the island
    • a project approval process
    Promote the island! UTD ArtTech – U2Katrina
  • Real Costs - Development
    • Project manager
    • Developer fees
    • Pre-made objects and scripts
    • Incidentals
    Pitfalls: time, learning curve Resource: Second Life Developers Group UTD SOM - erinserenity
  • Procedures – Island Management
    • Training
    • Administering rights
    • Waivers and disclaimers
    • Holding events
    • Collecting data
    Pitfalls: security, hardware, griefing Resource: Second Life Educators (SLED) UTD SOM - erinserenity
  • Content Delivery – Don’ts
    • Second Life is not an LMS
    • Text is clunky
    • No Flash
    • No embedded HTML
    Pitfall: avatar limit (lag) UTD SOM - erinserenity
    • Pitfalls: chat radius, image types
    • Resource: Creating Your World: The Official Guide to Advanced Content Creation for Second Life
    Content Delivery – Do’s
    • Images and video
    • Lectures and audio
    • Text and voice chat
    • Presentation slides
    • Interactive simulations
    Harvard’s Berkman Island – U2Katrina
  • Pedagogy
    • Constructivism and “discovery-based” learning:
    • Active
    • Facilitated
    • Social
    International Space Station – U2Katrina
  • Pedagogy
    • Discovery-based learning:
    • Immersive
    • Social
    • Interactive
    • Collaborative
    • Virtual world activities:
    • Virtual field trips
    • Chat, voice chat, animations, video
    • Simulations and learning objects
    • Projects
    Morocco, Casablanca – U2Katrina
  • Virtual Field Trips: Science
    • Biology
    • Genome Island
    • Heart Murmur Sim
    • Virtual Hallucinations
    • Chemistry
    • Info Island
    • Earth Sciences
    • NOAA ( Meteora )
    • Svarga
    • Technology
    • Cisco
    • Dell Island
    • Spaceport Alpha
    InfoIsland – U2Katrina
    • Art
    • UTD ArtTech
    • Virtual Sistine Chapel
    • Social Studies
    • Morocco (Casablanca)
    • Rome (Roma)
    • Music
    • Live concerts
    Virtual Field Trips: Humanities Sistine Chapel, Vassar – U2Katrina
  • Additional Resources For more information about virtual worlds and higher education, and to download a copy of this presentation, please visit our blog: www.higherworlds.blogspot.com And our wiki: www.higherworlds.wikispaces.com More resources: SimTeach wiki: www.simteach.org Sloog HUD for educators: http://www.secondlifeinsider.com/2007/10/30/salamander-sloog-arrives-for-educators/ SL Browser: http://slbrowser.com/ Spaceport Alpha – U2Katrina
  • Contact Information Dr. Andrew Jones Avatar: DrAndu Jonesford Email: acjones@dcccd.edu Patti Jennings Avatars: Patti Lemuria / Patti Jennings Email: pjennings@dcccd.edu Erin Jennings Avatars: Serinity Gaea / Brianne Jennings Email: erin.jennings@utdallas.edu