• What is sloodle?
• Objectives of using sloodle in DE.
• Features of sloodle.
• Advantages and limitations.
• Delivery and support learning.
• Concerns raised about sloodle.
• Case studies & Examples.
What is sloodle:
SLOODLE (Simulation Linked Object Oriented Dynamic Learning
Environment) is an Open Source project which integrates the multi-user
virtual environment of Second Life® with the Moodle® learning-management
system. Sloodle provides a range of tools for supporting learning and teaching
to the immersive virtual world; tools which are fully integrated with a tried
and tested web-based learning management system used by hundreds of
thousands of educators and students worldwide.
Moodle: Learning system:
Moodle is a Course Management System (CMS), also known as a Learning
Management System (LMS) or a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). It is a
free web application that educators can use to create effective online learning
sites. And some of its main chractaristics are as the following:
• Structured lessons
• Threaded discussion
• assignment drop-box
• self scoring quiz
• restore grade book
• long form documents
Second-life: Virtual Environment:
A virtual world developed by Linden Lab. A free client program called the
Second Life enables its users to interact with each other through avatars. Users
can explore, meet each other, socialize, participate in individual and group
activities, and create and trade virtual property and services with one another,
or travel throughout the world.
• Virtual manipulative
• 3D construction
• interactive scripts
• immersive settings
Objective of using sloodle:
Enhances the existing support for learning and teaching through integration
with the Open Source Moodle learning environment. Which will provide a
range of tools for supporting learning and teaching to the immersive virtual
world; tools which are fully integrated with a tried and tested web-based
learning management system used by hundreds of thousands of educators and
Some features of SLOODLE :
• Web-intercom: A chat-room that brings Moodle chatroom and Second Life
chats together. Students can participate in chats in Second Life using the
accessible Moodle chatroom. Discussions can be archived securely in a
• Registration booth: Identity management for Second Life and Moodle. Link
student’s avatars to their Moodle user accounts.
• Quiz tool and 3D Drop Box: Assess in Second Life – grade in Moodle. Set
quizzes or 3D modelling tasks in an engaging 3D environment. Review grades
quickly and easily in the standard Moodle gradebook.
• Choice tool: Allow students to vote (and see results) in Second Life as well
as in Moodle.
• Multi-function SLOODLE Toolbar: Enhances the Second Life user
interface. Use a range of classroom gestures, quickly get a list of the Moodle
user names of the avatars around or write notes directly into to your Moodle
blog from Second Life.
• Presenter (in development): Quickly author Second Life presentations of
slides and/or web-pages on Moodle. Present in Second Life without having go
through lengthy processes to convert or upload images.
Advantages & lemitations
• Time flexibility:
You could access to sloodle in your own pace of time to view lessons and
The habit you will experience is virtual environment but with the
integration of moodle features.
You can either receive feedback from your instructor, friends, support
staff immedietly in the virtual world or receive help through e-mail and
other normal channels.
The inforcement is, also, could be gained through virtual environment or
via e-mail and other usual channels.
Sloodle provides the highest level of interaction between learners, instructors
and other parts of the community in the virtual environment.
The comlexity fall in the area of installing and setting up the software and
its other components but after the program is setted by time the job will be
easy and very helpful and effective for providing a profetional learning
The control over the content and the provided materials is easy because it
is similar to the video games environment.
• Public web server because your own computer might not work.
• Moodle installation with administrator otherities because you need the
permetion to upload or share files.
• Access to Moodle files.
• Second life software and its requirements.
You could receive support or seek for it from the surrounding community in
sloodle Administration, Tutors and your Colleagues and you might receive via
Online environment either normally throug e-mail or virtually via the virtual
Raised concerns of researchers:
o “One of the things that I’m most excited about is a mash up between
Second Life and the learning management system, Moodle. Its called
Sloodle." Joe Miller, VP Platform, Linden Lab.
o "Go to sloodle..., this chocolate and peanut butter combination...
compelling 3-D experiences, and then a really solid, open, free
system." Steve Wexler, eLearning Guild.
Example & case studies:
1- An international cultural-exchange between Korea and Dubai has been
detailed in a case study. it look at a class taught across two institutions in
Korea and Dubai illustrating how Sloodle can be used to enhance learning and
teaching activities that are using Second Life®. Second Life (and Sloodle)
formed only one component of the class – and it gives alook about how
Second Life/Sloodle ma be used alongside a range of other communications
technologies designing and supporting engaging learning experiences.
2- Sloodle at the University of the West Scotland: outlines some of the ways
that SLOODLE was used by tutor and students to support teaching, learning
and collaboration in the classes. (Collaborative Virtual Environments &
Introduction to Virtual Worlds).
Both Synchronous &asynchronous because you can get
response and interact with others either in the same time or
iteract with their recorded or posted meetings and files.
Student can ineract with all members of the sloodle
Type of community so he can innteract with the students , teacher
interaction and adminnisters and , also, innteract with the content itself
and machine and technologies used.
Learning style is Group-based but in the otherhand you
could use it as individual environment if you think it is
enough to view the content only.
You could enter sloodle Anytime
You could enter sloodle from Anyplace with web server
and high speed net.
But you will face Some difficulty of access/use
You will face some complexity in the part of Development,
setting and innstallation of the program and its sets.
You will receive immediete Feedback from requisted
community either via mail or virtually.
Delivery of cntent and learning materials is very week
because of the speed net needed for virtual environment.
In sloodle you will have a variety of Multimedia materials
Instruction integrated with the virtual environment to support learning
and innstruction process.
Cost There are some demo Free courses and lands for the
learners but instructors has to buy aland and build their
students learning environment.
Know more on: http://www.sloodle.org