AITP Keynote on Virtual Worlds


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Virtual Worlds Explorations and Implications is a keynote address for the Association for Information Technology Professionals (AITP). These slides discuss business and IT concerns, virtual worlds statistics and provide visual examples from Second Life.

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AITP Keynote on Virtual Worlds

  1. 1. Virtual Worlds Explorations and Implications Dr. Cynthia Calongne Institute for Advanced Studies Colorado Technical University Association for Information Technology Professionals February 19, 2009 Licensed under a Creative Commons Share Alike with Attribution License
  2. 2. The Future Looms Near 80% of the world’s active Internet users will be in a virtual world by the end of 2011 (Gartner, 2007) Are you ready? Cover slide: An avatar stands on the Statue of Liberty at Ramapo A class meets in Second Life
  3. 3. Chart Copyright © 2007 by the Virtual Environments Info Group In April 2008 - over 100 youth-oriented virtual worlds active or in development In Aug 2008 - it grew to over 150 virtual worlds In Jan 2009 - over 200 virtual worlds 59 have microtransactions 57 require subscriptions 46 use advertising From Virtual Worlds Management by Show Initiative
  4. 4. Education in Second Life <ul><li>March 2007 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Over 400 universities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Over 4500 educators </li></ul></ul><ul><li>SL Education Support Faire 2009 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>3,785 unique visitors </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>from 93 countries </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>50 displays </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>50 presentations </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Top 10 countries </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>USA 2,123 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>UK 364 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Canada 173 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Australia 117 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Germany 112 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Brazil 91 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Italy 66 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Netherlands 56 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>France 53 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Spain 53 </li></ul></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Virtual Worlds - Science Fiction or Fact? Using a Tardis at the New Media Consortium Symposium Nov 2008
  6. 6. Reality from Science Fiction <ul><li>The teleporter </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Transports an object to a location in 3D space </li></ul></ul><ul><li>The holodeck </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Scenes that appear on demand </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The scene disappears at a command </li></ul></ul><ul><li>In Second Life (SL) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Avatars teleport to new locations and request/use/delete temporary scenes </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Why Use Second Life? <ul><li>3D graphical websites accessed using slurls </li></ul><ul><li>Users visit the site and see other users </li></ul><ul><li>Users interact & chat using VoIP and text </li></ul><ul><li>Grid computing architecture </li></ul><ul><li>Users can create, own and sell their content </li></ul><ul><li>Users attend classes, conferences, seminars, concerts and socialize </li></ul>
  8. 8. What can you do inside Dr. Who’s Tardis? A navigation map of SL regions in the Tardis Navigating between Second Life’s regions Inside the NMC’s Tardis There are a variety of ways to teleport between SL sites. This Tardis in SL was exhibited at an NMC symposium
  9. 9. A Visual Tour <ul><li>Let’s take a tour of Second Life </li></ul><ul><li>Examine how it is used for education and research </li></ul><ul><li>Explore how information technology professionals can leverage and support these environments </li></ul>
  10. 10. Virtual Training at MyBase Second Life region for AF virtual world projects and game simulations
  11. 11. AF Global Learning Forum - Serious Game Simulation - to rescue relief workers
  12. 12. Metanomics in Second Life
  13. 13. National Physics Laboratory Presentation on the innovations in nanotechnology
  14. 14. Lyr explores the Nanotechnology Lab. Interactive objects demonstrate the procedure and give info on notecards Field Trips to Science Sites
  15. 15. Science Comes to Life The National Physics Laboratory presents the advances in Nanotechnology Interactive Nano Labs
  16. 16. Eric McLuhan in Second Life SLCN machinima October 27, 2007
  17. 17. Blended Reality Conferences A MacArthur Foundation panel on games in education answers an avatar’s question. Alternatively, a chat bridge can integrate web and Second Life participants
  18. 18. Stepping inside the content during a conference presentation
  19. 19. CTU exhibit booth at the NMC Rock the Academy Symposium 2008
  20. 20. Meeting Minds in Immersive Literature Roleplay and conflict, an immersive literature experience for teens on the Teen Grid Suffern Middle School students at Ramapo portrayed the roles from the book, Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck. Imagine living the scenes from literature and history rather than memorizing them. A juror hollers “Boo!” when Curley takes the stand
  21. 21. Literature Comes Alive Literary discussion of The Charge of the Light Brigade at Caledon Library
  22. 22. Does this look like your office? Meetings in an underwater office. Come on in! The water’s fine!
  23. 23. IT in Second Life <ul><li>Self image - avatar </li></ul><ul><li>Social networks </li></ul><ul><li>Immersive training </li></ul><ul><li>SL skills </li></ul><ul><li>Roleplay </li></ul><ul><li>Help desk </li></ul><ul><li>Projects </li></ul><ul><li>Tool integration </li></ul><ul><li>Build simulations </li></ul><ul><li>Sense of presence, identity </li></ul><ul><li>Attend meetings, conferences </li></ul><ul><li>Context-sensitive, stimulating </li></ul><ul><li>Camera, navigation, communicate </li></ul><ul><li>Team building </li></ul><ul><li>Office hours, support </li></ul><ul><li>COTS, custom, data, voice </li></ul><ul><li>Web 2.0, tools, multimedia </li></ul><ul><li>Create content & an environment </li></ul>
  24. 24. Second Life Basic Skills <ul><li>Self Image </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Your avatar -- is it your real or ideal self? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Avatar movement </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Using the arrow keys? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Do you prefer a Navigation HUD? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Camera controls </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Keyboard or HUD? </li></ul></ul>Lyr and her robot avatar
  25. 25. Content Creation Ryl mentors an 8th Grade student on the Teen grid as he applies a script to a keyboard override he created with futuristic display textures. It appears when he types and disappears when he is silent. At Ramapo on the Teen Grid
  26. 26. <ul><li>Communicating </li></ul><ul><li>with others </li></ul><ul><li>in Second Life </li></ul><ul><li>Left to right </li></ul><ul><li>Teleport to servers </li></ul><ul><li>Group notice </li></ul><ul><li>2nd row </li></ul><ul><li>Voice chat ( * ) </li></ul><ul><li>Instant message </li></ul><ul><li>Embedded URLs </li></ul>
  27. 27. Building a Virtual Workplace <ul><li>IT activities </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Planning </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Configuration </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Deployment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Operations & support </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Retirement & disposal </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Harassment concerns </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Adult content </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Abuse and misuse </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Compliance issues </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Corporate image </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Protection of assets </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Proprietary content </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Protection of human rights </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Fair business practices </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ethics </li></ul></ul>These are only the tip of the iceberg
  28. 28. The floating book holds handouts as Lyr prepares for class
  29. 29. Content Considerations <ul><li>Virtual environment </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Public or private? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Buy or build </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Branding </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Visual content </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Signs & textures </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>3D objects </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Animations </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Does size matter? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Island, parcel or sandbox </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Context-sensitive scenes </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Imaginative spaces </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Build, texture and script </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Upload textures into SL </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Scripted behaviors </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>For avatars and objects </li></ul></ul>
  30. 30. Modeling in Second Life A self-guided tutorial for building a 20-minute project
  31. 31. Budget Concerns <ul><li>Bandwidth ==> </li></ul><ul><li>Create content? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Requires skills & time </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Buy and use content? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Custom design? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Visit other sites </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Successful operations and support </li></ul><ul><li>3D graphics, VoIP </li></ul><ul><li>Own, control & adapt </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Reuse and share </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Quality site & brand </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Professional image </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Community </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Site access, cleanup, control and activities </li></ul>
  32. 32. How do virtual worlds become successful endeavors? Create good content that reflects your company’s brand. Yet, businesses fail when they create lovely, empty sites. People and interaction makes a site come alive. Visitors share experiences, interact with products, explore services and enjoy virtual world activities. Let’s look at some educational examples.
  33. 33. Colorado Tech Island Virtual learning space, alumni center and live music festivals
  34. 34. Sharing Educational Content Student projects are displayed on the Boardwalk
  35. 35. Experimental Design Classrooms Open spaces where CTU students experiment, explore ideas, create content and learn from their mistakes. Imaginative setting in a class sandbox
  36. 36. The Value of Interactivity Human barometer activity Futuring and Innovation students take a stand CTU students shop for academic regalia at the NMC Orientation island
  37. 37. Student and instructor robots on a public class space A 3-week course activity with real world, virtual, and 2D robot designs Amusement park of student projects on a private space Students choose the preferred class location
  38. 38. CS 672 First day in class Student Projects Monorail and rollercoaster Ferris wheel rotation problem & duck shoot Duck shoot
  39. 39. CS 820 Winter 2008 Class Newsstand for low vision users, Electronic Voting Machine Refrigerator for wheelchair use From early ideas to testable projects Students collaborate and work independently
  40. 40. Early Skill Development Students new to SL learn to build and texture for class activities
  41. 41. Students new to a virtual world create low fidelity interface designs and conduct usability tests in a virtual world
  42. 42. Project Prototypes Newsstand for the low vision users; selecting option 4 to hear Refrigerator for wheelchair users; shelves move out and down
  43. 43. Interaction and Empirical Testing <ul><li>Observed behavior </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Test plan </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Test procedure </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Roles </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Volunteers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Observation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Measurements </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Analysis </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Results </li></ul></ul>Student interface with objects that render new information when touched
  44. 44. Community Collaboration Guests from other schools perform usability tests on student projects TCC Online Worldwide Conference attendees visit to examine student work
  45. 45. Are You Ready for the Future? We are at the crossroads, gazing at the future. How do we leverage this capability to our best advantage? Photo: Preparing for An Air Force Global Learning Forum Event at the MyBase region in Second Life, a Huffman Prairie design
  46. 46. SL Research Links 1 <ul><li>Second Life </li></ul><ul><ul><li> and </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Virtual Worlds Comparison Chart </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Second Life Education Support Faire 2009 statistics </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Cynthia Calongne’s Classes in Second Life </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Research in Second Life presentation </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Artificial Intelligence in SL </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul>
  47. 47. SL Research Links 2 <ul><li>National Public Radio’s Science Friday in SL </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Virtual Worlds Management </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>NOAA’s Traffic Analysis </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Best Practices in SL </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Annotated Bibliograophy of SL Educational Resources </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Edumuve </li></ul><ul><ul><li> and </li></ul></ul>
  48. 48. SL Research Links 3 <ul><li>Second Life as a Virtual Learning Environment </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>An Educational Tour of Second Life </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>A View from Second Life’s Trenches: Are you a Pioneer or a Settler? </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Leveraging the Affordances, Minimizing the Barriers of Virtual Worlds </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>LearnScope in Second Life </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>NMC Campus Observer </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul>
  49. 49. SL Research Links 4 <ul><li>Using Second Life </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Beyond Course Management Tools: Second Life </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Virtual worlds in Online Education: Are You Ready to Teach in Second Life? </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>What Can We Learn from World of Warcraft & Second Life? </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>SL Podcast by Bayne, Walker and Calongne </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>TCC Preconference Wiki -- SL from a Flash drive tips </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul>
  50. 50. SL Research Links 5 <ul><li>Who’s on Second? Educational Podcasts </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Second Life Development -- VITAL Lab </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Suffern Middle School in Second Life </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Second Life Library 2.0 </li></ul><ul><ul><li> and </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Second Life Education Wiki </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>LSL Wiki -- programming tools </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul>
  51. 51. SL Research Links 6 <ul><li>Secondary Worlds </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Reuters -- Doors to open on Google Virtual world(s)? </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>SL and Google Earth are Transforming the Idea of Architectural Collaboration </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Timeline - History of Second Life Wiki </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>UberNoggin: Big Brains - Big Ideas </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul>
  52. 52. SL Research Links 7 - News <ul><li>Reuters in Second life </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>The SL Newspaper </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Second Life Herald </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Metaverse Messenger </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>SLNN </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul>
  53. 53. SL Research Links 8 <ul><li>New Worlds Notes </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>SL A Virtual Universe for Real Engineering </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Just Virtual </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Seifert Surface - Math in Second Life </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Eric McLuhan in Second Life - Playing Media Ecology </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul>
  54. 54. Virtual Worlds Explorations and Implications Dr. Cynthia Calongne Lyr Lobo in Second Life Twitter Lyrlobo For more information Lyr Lobo For a copy of these slides, visit: