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VWBPE 2009 presentation on Teaching in Virtual Worlds: Identity and Culture by Dr. Cynthia Calongne, March 29, 2009. Visit and for more …

VWBPE 2009 presentation on Teaching in Virtual Worlds: Identity and Culture by Dr. Cynthia Calongne, March 29, 2009. Visit and for more information.

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  • 1. TEACHING IN VIRTUAL WORLDS: IDENTITY AND CULTURE Paper presentation by Dr. Cynthia Calongne Institute for Advanced Studies Colorado Technical University Licensed under a Creative Commons Share Alike with Attribution License Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education March 29, 2009
  • 2. Lyr Lobo in her nature spirit avatar Avatar Design by Lyr Cover slide: Lyr Lobo as a shadow robot dancing with herself
  • 3. An Educause SAC Story
    • The National Science Foundation (NSF) had recently updated their website
    • Someone asked if the NSF needed a Second Life site
    • Why?
    • Persis Trilling noted that Second Life centers on people interacting with each other and the content
    • Immersion, interaction & a sense of presence
    • Engaging and personal
  • 4. Is this avatar new or experienced? How do we know?
  • 5. First day in Second Life for which of these avatars?
  • 6. Crossing boundaries: Eric McLuhan as Pharaoh
  • 7. Your Avatar: Who Are You?
    • Subcultures and roles
      • Teacher
      • Parent
      • Scholar
      • Lover of life
      • Curious child
      • Researcher
      • Comedian
      • Entertainer
      • Sage, a wise person
    What we know about you The inner you
  • 8. Who are these people? Who is the avatar on the far right?
  • 9. Paper Highlights
    • People make a virtual world come alive
      • It is that shared experience and the awareness of others that makes the content come to life.
    • Situated learning, culture and behavior
      • Anonymity can enhance learning and communication across cultural boundaries.
    • Representation: identity in the classroom
      • Students and instructors need to recognize one another.
  • 10. This is not your Mama’s classroom! Who is the avatar in the center?
  • 11. Slide from TCC 2007 by D. Antonacci and N. Modares Focus on diversity and situated learning
  • 12. Idealized self or real self? October 2006 Heading to Ramapo on the Teen grid!
  • 13. CS 855 Futuring and Innovation Summer 2008
  • 14. By January 2007, Second Life had over 2.5 million unique residents Who is this man? His avatar looks like a cartoon. Why do we take him seriously?
  • 15. 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
  • 16. Choices for your avatar
    • Avatar type
      • Gender
      • Species
      • Race
      • Ideal vs real
      • Context sensitive
    • Nonverbal
      • Animations & gestures
      • Sounds
    • Appearance
      • Skin, shape, hair, eyes
      • Image and style
        • Welcoming
        • Impressive
        • Intimidating
        • Thought-provoking
        • Expressive
        • Powerful
        • Super geek
        • Hip
  • 17. Above: Who is this avatar? Wireframe of an avatar
  • 18. Lyr Lobo looks better with skin
  • 19. TCC 2007 Pre-conference in Second Life organizers Who is the dog in the center?
  • 20. Rise of the machines: How do we tell who is real from other objects?
  • 21. Life 2.0 - who is the avatar on the left that helps users with 25 groups stay in touch?
  • 22. Virtual World Culture
    • Second Life cultures
      • Educators
      • Professionals
      • Worldwide cultures
      • Furry
      • Fantasy (Elves, dragons)
      • Geeks (tech, sci fi, robots)
      • Arts, music, literary
      • Adult
      • Teen grid
    • Ideal self
      • Imaginative
      • Creative
      • Enabled
    • Real self
      • Recognition
      • Honest
      • Disabled
  • 23. Kiwi educators and teen grid mentors - dressed as what subculture?
  • 24. Which avatar is not real?
  • 25. Real avatars, real people - who is on the left?
  • 26. Ready to teach! Playful and imaginative learning environments In the photo above: What 5 letter word describes this group?
  • 27. What 7 letter word describes what these students are doing while sitting in the wheelchairs? A CS 820 Usability and Interaction Class tests their accessibility projects
  • 28. Who is this avatar? Bonus question: Where does Hack work and integrate content into Second Life?
  • 29. Who is this little girl? At the NMC NML2009 Thursday Xu
  • 30. Above: Who is the avatar featured on the right? Corwin and Lyr in her normal shape
  • 31. Wright State MBA students their 1st day in Second Life
  • 32. A Strategic Thinking class meets with the instructor and Lyr. How many students do you see?
  • 33. We develop Second World skills and our identities in a virtual world class Students sharing ideas in social networks CS 820 Class Fall 2008
  • 34. TEACHING IN VIRTUAL WORLDS: IDENTITY AND CULTURE Dr. Cynthia Calongne Lyr Lobo in Second Life Twitter Lyrlobo For more information, visit: Lyr Lobo CS 820 Usability and Interaction class 2009