Educational Informatics and Learning Simulations in Second Life

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TCC Worldwide Online pre-conference session held April 8, 2010 at LearningTimes and in Second Life. Tours followed the session of the Operation Relief Worker Rescue Challenge.

Featured links to two videos of the Federal Virtual World Challenge grand prize winner as presented at the GAMETECH 2010 conference.

Presentation by Cynthia Calongne from Colorado Technical University (CTU) and Andrew Stricker from Air University (AU). Educational informatics content by Andrew Stricker (AU), Mike McCrocklin (AU), Toni Scribner (AU), Jeanne Holm (NASA) and Cynthia Calongne (CTU).

The opinions and viewpoints expressed in this presentation are solely those of the authors and do not reflect official policy or position of Colorado Technical University, NASA JPL, the US government or the Department of Defense (DoD), the United States Air Force, Air University, or Vanderbilt University. Cleared for public release (AETC-2009-0738).

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Educational Informatics and Learning Simulations in Second Life

  1. 1. Exploring Educational Informatics and Learning Simulations in Second Life TCC 15 th Worldwide Online Conference, April 2010 Toni Scribner, Air University, Montgomery, AL, USA Andrew Stricker, Air University, Montgomery, AL, USA Michael McCrocklin, Air University, Montgomery, AL, USA Jeanne Holm, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA, USA Cynthia Calongne, Colorado Technical University, Colorado Springs, CO, USA
  2. 2. Educational Informatics <ul><li>An interdisciplinary field that blends </li></ul><ul><ul><li>technology </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>learning science </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>assessment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>interactions between natural and virtual learning systems </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>informatics science – information, management, decision, cognitive and computer sciences </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Focuses on information, data and knowledge in education – storage, retrieval and optimal use </li></ul>
  3. 3. Mars Expedition Strategy Challenge <ul><li>Federal Virtual World Challenge </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Grand Prize winner at GAMETECH 2010 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Blends a virtual simulation with information from external sources (video, bots as intelligent agents) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Leverages virtual world technology to render the spacecraft & colony when needed & self-cleaning </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Strategy challenge uses four multimedia & assessment workstations & a debriefing station </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Space phenomena and mission launch simulations </li></ul></ul>
  4. 5. Mars Expedition Videos <ul><li>The Mars Expedition Trailer </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=1399395902637 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Mars Expedition Challenge Learning </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=1404251944035 </li></ul></ul>
  5. 7. Hostage Rescue Game <ul><li>Operation Rescue Relief Worker Challenge </li></ul><ul><li>Real actors participate as avatars </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Mission briefing & objectives </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Voice and text-based intelligence information </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Simulated foreign environment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Special effects </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Assessment of interdependent group work </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How the leadership role is shared within the team </li></ul></ul>
  6. 35. Huffman Prairie
  7. 36. Ayn Rand Space Station
  8. 37. Exploring Educational Informatics and Learning Simulations in Second Life Andrew Stricker, Mike McCrocklin and Toni Scribner, Air University Jeanne Holm, NASA Cynthia Calongne, Colorado Technical University Visit us in Second Life at these regions: MyBase Zeta Huffman Prairie Huffman Prairie Omega For more information, join the Global Learning Forum Event group

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