Before Class Starts: Essential OrientationsPresentation Transcript
“ Professor Lilliehook”
“ Ikaika Miles”
University of Hawaii - Manoa
Before Class Starts: Essential Second Life Orientations VWBPE 2010 Conference
Why? You’re excited Your students could use some excitement
Why? Dear Online Class: Meet me in Second Life on Thursday at 11:00 AM. This is a cool virtual world. You’ll love it. Just visit http://www.secondlife.com Download the software. See you in there. To: PHIL 641 From: Dr. Newbiesome Subject: Class on Thursday
Why? Second Life is SPECIAL . Not just another web-based tool
Un HELP ful Help Island Why?
Be Prepared Why? Multiple visits. Multiple orientations.
12 CRITICAL PREPS
Be an animated audience! use LOCAL CHAT & Backslash GESTURES BEFORE YOUR CLASS STARTS in SL type press enter
Critical Preparation #3 STUDENT Controlled Exploration Be specific Set goals
BEFORE YOUR CLASS STARTS in SL 12 Critical Orientations Summary
Equipment & connection
Pre-built orientations x2
Create a notecard
Found a home
Explored many sims
Best Practices I need help! Where can I get that? Don’t assume anything
Best Practices Content not technology wonder why those avatars are all hunched over?
Best Practices Syllabus is complete wish I’d known I’d have to wear a stupid costume For this course, all students must demonstrate that they have the following required equipment: PC Computer Windows XP or Vista 1.5 ghz processor 1 GB RAM Graphics Cards: (at least one of these) --NVIDIA Graphics Card 6600+ -- ATI Graphics Card 1600-1900; 2600/2900; 3650/3850 High Speed DIRECT Internet Connection (wi-fi is unstable) *Approximately TWO WEEKS of class will be spent in required explorations before class begins. All students will be required to demonstrate that they have the basic skills needed to participate fully in a virtual class session.
Best Practices Try a unit of instruction - before a full semester Integrate Second Life slowly
Best Practices Safety Instructions Set Boundaries & Limitations Hey..how do we get outa this thing? I dunno
Best Practices Socialization – get students to join groups, attend social events Hey..how do we get outa this thing? Love to dance
Best Practices Watch out for Wi-Fi connections If possible, do a F2F orientation in lab