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Second Life and SLOODLE keynote presentation from ILT2009, Wrecsam, Wales, 1st July 2009

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    Into The 3rd Dimension with SLOODLE Into The 3rd Dimension with SLOODLE Presentation Transcript

    • Into the Third Dimension with SLOODLE Daniel Livingstone
    • Daniel Livingstone
    • Teaching & Learning with Moodle • Document dissemination From • Coursework submissions Space • Management tools/tracking – Gradebooks • Learning object integration • Asynchronous & synchronous discussion • Online Assessments To • Collaborative learning activities Place
    • Learning in 3D MUVE • Informal Learning in MMOGs – Social interaction and coordination – Planning, problem solving A Virtual • Various MUVEs – Shared ‘Presence’ World is a • Exploration, discovery Place – Synchronous work … for • Shared experiences, discussion – Identity exploration education? • Playful learning, shifting roles • Second Life (and a few others…) – User generated content
    • Teaching in SL: My first experience • Virtual world too open-ended, lack of obvious goals, rich social & technical environment • Students needed support for working towards goals and reflecting on experiences – Second Life can be distracting, confusing, hard to navigate
    • SLOODLE Concept Diagram
    • In the beginning… Oct ‘06: Original SLOODLE concept by Jeremy Kemp SLOODLE chat-logger by Paul Andrews & Daniel Livingstone
    • Three Views of SLOODLE • Community • Product • Research
    • • Web-intercom Product • Registration booth • Quiz Chair • Virtual Drop Box • Choice • Toolbar • Presenter
    • Community • sloodle.org – Forums, resources, links • Sloodlers – In-world group in Second Life • SLOODLE Island in Second Life – Meeting, chat, learning zones, classrooms for community use • Weekly meetings – Community Meetings (Weds) – SLOODLE 101 (Tue)
    • ALT-J SLOODLE Paper
    • Approaches to integration • The 3D classroom – Original conception • UI integration – SLOODLE toolbar • Individual tools – Set of utilities used as required • Rich 3D learning landscapes – The goal?
    • SLOODLE Architecture Web Browser Moodle Php HTTP Second Life SLOODLE Php LSL Moodle Object DB Moodle/SLOODLE Web-server Peter will be talking about the architecture later… we hope you can come along!
    • Virtual Dropbox • Gradebook Integration Presenter • Multi-media presentations inside SL
    • Web- Intercom Quiz Chair Registration booth Choice
    • Blogs and Postcards • Toolbar allows blogging to Moodle from SL – Creates hyperlink SLurl to location in SL – Manually add images later • Freemail plug-in for Moodle allows users to email blog posts – including images – Second Life lets users send email ‘postcards’ – Some dependencies
    • ‘Skinnable’ tools in Second Life
    • Setting up a SLOODLE class • Add ‘SLOODLE controller’ activity to Moodle course • Get the SLOODLE ‘Set’ in Second Life – Create an instance of the set • Click on it to configure – Enter Moodle URL – Follow dialog link to log in to Moodle – Click again in SL to download config data
    • Setting up Various Tools • Click on Set to ‘rez’ the tool (menu driven) • Click on tool to configure – Again prompted to login to Moodle to authorize & configure – We don’t trust Second Life objects without this! • Click on tool again to download configuration • Alternatively… – This can be ‘notecard’ driven – Use dialogs in Moodle to generate configuration data to drop in
    • Who’s using SLOODLE? • To an extent we don’t really know… – Need to develop registration ‘nags’ – Many hundreds of tutors have been ‘trying out’ – Unknown number actually using – Many international community members • Some tutors have reported back and/or completed surveys – Survey responses positive – Range of subject areas
    • Today… • SLOODLE 0.4 – Roadmap to SLOODLE 1.0 • SLOODLE is in active use supporting classes around the world • Growing community – Since January significant growth in activity in forums – Increasing amounts of contributions
    • Subject Areas • ESL • Second Life • English skills • Education • Programming • Ethics • Women’s studies • Fashion • HCI … class sizes from 6 to 120+
    • SLOODLE Island
    • BlueWall Slade OSGrid Christopher Flow ReactionGrid
    • 3rd Party Contribs: Practical Michael Callaghan & Kerri McCusker Intelligent Systems Research Centre University of Ulster
    • SLOODLE for Moodle 2.0 • Major re-write • Web APIs for Moodle 2.0 might simplify a lot of our development work • Limitations of Second Life http functions will likely still force a lot of custom engineering (or hacking)
    • Observations • Making SLOODLE easier to install, to set-up, to use – version 1.0 is coming • Moodle integration lends legitimacy to virtual worlds in education – And yet many educators in SL are unaware of LMS/VLE platforms • 3rd Party Hosting available – Free and commercial • International Users & Support – Italian, Spanish, French, Portuguese, German
    • The Future • SLOODLE Roadmap – 1.0 Due August 2009 • Long term? – Many institutions are only now really coming to terms with VLEs – Virtual worlds are some way behind • VirtualWorldWatch.net
    • A Virtual World is a Place If students came to your class when you were not there, what would they learn? What would they do?
    • Thank you! http://www.sloodle.org/ daniel.livingstone@gmail.com