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Peter Miller - Teaching in Second Life: more than pretty pictures? Slides from the University of Liverpool Learning and Teaching Conference 2009.

Peter Miller - Teaching in Second Life: more than pretty pictures? Slides from the University of Liverpool Learning and Teaching Conference 2009.

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  • 1. Peter Miller
    Biological Sciences
    Teaching in Second Life: more than just pretty pictures?
  • 2. Outline
    What is Second Life?
    What did we try to do?
    Did it work?
    What happens next?
  • 3. Second Life is built from user-generated content (prims)
    Architecture
    Single prim
    Princeton
    Urban planning (Unity)
    Berkurodam
  • 4. Mont St Michel
  • 5. In SL you can build worlds that are imaginary or that no longer exist
    HUDs for audience,actors and navigation
    Theatron Island
  • 6. Can we use SL to model the architecture of the cell?
    Opening of Skylabs on Nature’s Elucian Omega Island, June 2009
    Annu. Rev. Biochem. 2008. 77:583–613
  • 7. Why? Active learning!
  • 8. What were we trying to achieve?
    • Intro: how is information conveyed in SL?
    • 9. Texturing a prim
    • 10. Protein rezzing
    • 11. Database use
    • 12. Making a presentation
    Core skills module; focus on communication and problem-solving
    2 h introduction and 5 x 1 h sessions
    Introduce students to working in multi-user virtual environments
    Context: interaction between host and bacterial cell wall
  • 13. Cell components
    Proteins
    Simple image
    Multi-prim
    Animated texture
    Sculpted prim
  • Student workspaces and cell wall model with proteins
  • 17. What did we learn?
    Students do not know about SL
    Students will edit their appearance
    Need simple, consistent navigation
    Plan carefully (include groupwork)
    Meaningful milestones and de/briefing
    One hour barely long enough for a class
    Hard to be inworldand helping students
    Keep it simple
  • 18. Student evaluations
    26% named SL sessions as one of three most disliked elements
    100% of students satisfied with project allocation (n = 19)
    External Examiner strongly supportive of continued use of SL
  • 19. Tuberculosis build
    Cityscape
    Cellscape
    Datascape
  • 20. Features found in alpineTB sanatoria
    Notecard
    Hyperlinkedimage
    Inworld label
    Mycobacterium tuberculosis: Cityscape level
    Quests across multiple levels,Notecards can be annotated
    Integration of images, either inworld or personal
  • 21. Protein
    Gene marker (yellow)with
    interactome (cyan) and accessory map
    Metabolicpathwaybrowser
    Drug
    ORFs on giant genome
    Mycobacterium tuberculosis: Datascape level
    Quests across multiple levelsData/web integration
    Shared presenceComparison with other species
  • 22. Conclusions
    More than pretty pictures: context!
    Does not
    Suit all students
    Handle text /web well
    Like low-end PCs
    Does
    Suit visual and kinesthetic learners
    Opportunity to tailor projects to students
    Development getting easier
    Procedural simulation authoring tools
    PIVOTE (paramedic training)
    Citrus Virtual (H&S)
  • 23.
  • 24. Elsewhere: Washington U and i-GEM synthetic biology challenge
  • 25. Student work: Gut microbiota with focus on possible rolesin obesity and diabetes
  • 26. Issues in kitchen design/layout
    Poorly organisedfood storage
    Notecard
    Hyperlinkedimage
    Features found in alpineTB sanatoria
    Robot avatar programmedto respond to questions from inspector
    Student work: Training simulation for environmental health inspectors