Teaching With Sloodle: Two Case Studies


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Case-Study: Outline of two separate classes supported using SLOODLE tools at the University of the West of Scotland 2008-09

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Teaching With Sloodle: Two Case Studies

  1. 1. Teaching with SLOODLE: Two case studies Buddy Sprocket aka Daniel Livingstone University of the West of Scotland
  2. 2. Tale of Two Classes <ul><li>Collaborative Virtual Environments </li></ul><ul><li>Honours Year </li></ul><ul><li>Group project based </li></ul><ul><li>Multi-campus classroom based </li></ul><ul><li>Video-conferencing </li></ul><ul><li>3 rd run of class </li></ul><ul><li>Introduction to Virtual Worlds </li></ul><ul><li>2 nd Year </li></ul><ul><li>Collaborative learning – individual assessment </li></ul><ul><li>Distance learning </li></ul><ul><li>New class </li></ul>
  3. 3. Moodle: The course homepages
  4. 4. CVE Homepage
  5. 5. SLOODLE registration and object distribution
  6. 6. slURL from Moodle to Second Life
  7. 7. Blogging
  8. 8. Field Trips
  9. 9. Field Trips <ul><li>Wearing the SLOODLE intercom - attach to head </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Chat-logging on the move </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Thx AngryBeth for this idea! </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Group Projects <ul><li>Significant projects </li></ul><ul><li>Using a range of collaborative technologies </li></ul><ul><li>Reflection on the technologies used </li></ul><ul><li>Some groups split across campuses </li></ul><ul><li>All groups used technologies to support their collaborative work </li></ul><ul><ul><li>GoogleDocs, Moodle, Bulletin Boards, VOIP, Second Life, SLOODLE, … </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. <ul><li>Group presentations </li></ul><ul><li>Web-intercom used by groups to support group management </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Introduced in an early discussion activity </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. Alternative Projects – not all students want to learn building in SL. Some want ‘real’ programming
  13. 13. Two Projects had significant builds in SL
  14. 14. CVE: Observations <ul><li>Relatively Limited use of SLOODLE tools </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Students found intercom most useful; 3 out of 4 groups made significant use of it. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Most groups continued to use Moodle forums and the course homepage as a ‘base’ for online collaboration </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>SLOODLE tools became part of a rich ecology of technologies to support collaboration and learning </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Limited… but useful and used </li></ul>
  15. 15. Introduction to Virtual Worlds
  16. 16. IVW Moodle Homepage
  17. 17. <ul><li>Active forums </li></ul><ul><li>SLOODLE Menu </li></ul><ul><li>Online induction activities </li></ul><ul><li>Links and background reading </li></ul><ul><li>Moodle chatroom </li></ul><ul><li>Ventrilo VOIP (not shown) </li></ul>
  18. 18. Virtual World Field Trips <ul><li>Regular “Virtual Field Trips” </li></ul><ul><li>Pre-prepared notes and guidance </li></ul><ul><li>5½ virtual worlds in 12 weeks! </li></ul>
  19. 19. Emulating a virtual world – in a Moodle chatroom
  20. 20. Raph Koster talks to students (and visitors) in Metaplace
  21. 21. Mark Childs demonstates and explains the Theatron project
  22. 22. Student Presentations in SL <ul><li>Students had to give an online presentation on their chosen topic </li></ul><ul><li>Most (9/10) chose Second Life for this </li></ul><ul><ul><li>One chose GoogleDocs </li></ul></ul><ul><li>With just 3 weeks experience in SL… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Most had no prior SL experience </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Some had no prior VW experience </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Most had no building experience… </li></ul></ul>
  23. 23. IVW Student presentations – using SLOODLE presenter <ul><li>Presentations available online: http://dlivingstone.blip.tv/ </li></ul>
  24. 24. IVW Observations <ul><li>Intercom remained useful for creating a log of sessions in SL – allowing students who missed a night to catch up </li></ul><ul><li>By creating a presentation in Moodle for each student (and assigning teacher perms in Moodle for that one activity), students with very limited SL experience could successfully present in SL </li></ul>