Introduction to Second Life-IPE Day at UT Arlington

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Introduction to Second Life-IPE Day at UT Arlington

  1. 1. Introduction to Second Life Inter-Professional Education DayCollege of Nursing/School of Social Work University of Texas at Arlington February 22, 2013 Sarah Jones, UT Arlington Library
  2. 2. Introduction to Second LifeWho am I? • Sarah Jones, Librarian in Digital Library Services, UT Arlington Library (sjones@uta.edu) • UT Arlington Coordinator for Second Life since Sept. 2009
  3. 3. What is Second Life?• Online, 3D, real-time interactive environment• You are represented as an avatar• All other avatars you encounter are real people typing at their computers somewhere in the world• The environments you visit were created by other real people, just like yourselves• It’s not a “game” – no inherent quests, goals, or achievements; no winning or losing• Secondlife.com
  4. 4. • Online, 3D, real-time interactive environment• You are represented as an avatar• All other avatars you encounter are real people typing at their computers somewhere in the world• The environments you visit were created by other real people, just like yourselves• It’s not a “game”• Secondlife.com UT Arlington in Second Life
  5. 5. Why Should You Care?• 3D, real-time, shared experience designed to visually, aurally, and “physically” support the purpose and goals of the activity• Global access to speakers, discussion groups, networking with colleagues• Online platform eliminating travel and attendant time and cost
  6. 6. Conference Room
  7. 7. Activities?• Meetings, discussions, presentations, Birds of a Feather gatherings  UT Arlington College of Nursing Genomics Journal Club• Discussions with targeted groups – Virtual Ability Island community members• Training – Idaho Bioterrorism Awareness and Preparedness Program• Patient/client and caregiver support  Department of Veteran Affairs – military amputee support  Alzheimer’s caregiver support  ShockProof and Dreams – Stroke/TIA, Asperger/autism, pregnancy & infant loss, BrainTalk.org communities
  8. 8. More Activities - Simulations• Simulations  UT Medical School Emergency Department – hands-on simulation for emergency medical teams  Virtual Hallucinations (UC Davis) – demonstration of the experience of hallucinations of patients with schizophrenia – video  Valdosta State University – simulated social service agency for students to practice counseling, interviewing, and client evaluation skills (A Second Life for Practice? , 2012)
  9. 9. More Activities – Research• Clinical Simulations in the Physical and Virtual Worlds – Comparing the simulation experience in the physical UTA Smart Hospital and a re-creation of a Smart Hospital room in Second Life• University of Oregon – studying the physical and psychological effects of the use of virtual environments for people diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease (info)
  10. 10. Places to relax
  11. 11. Benefits• No travel $$ or time• Co-presence: Sense of Self, Sense of Place, Sense of Presence  Embodiment - as you adjust to seeing yourself as an avatar, you start to feel embodied in that avatar .. not scary! You find that what you experience as an avatar becomes part of your entire personal experience (same mind! just one body made of molecules, with the other made of pixels) – visualization/guided imagery, mirror therapy for amputees  Co-presence – the other people/avatars share your experience: visually, aurally, mentally (through the conversations you share) o As a result, you “feel” that you are all together, even though physically you are distant. o More engaging than a videoconference, webinar, or Skype meeting
  12. 12. Places to think
  13. 13. What do you need?• Technology  Fast internet connection (DSL or cable)  Computer system requirements: http://secondlife.com/support/system- requirements/  Not sure? Contact me for help: sjones@uta.edu• Time and patience with yourself  Can take a while to adjust to “seeing” in a 3D, computer screen, environment  Can be an adjustment to “being” an avatar• BUT – you do not need to be a gamer or techie nerd• Mostly, what’s helpful is to have a flexible imagination
  14. 14. What do you need? (cont.)• Create your avatar at the Second Life website (http://join.secondlife.com)  Walk-through of this process: http://www.uta.edu/secondlife/getstarted/• Teleport your avatar to the UTACON island in Second Life  Detailed instructions are forthcoming• Tutorials and other help: http://www.uta.edu/secondlife/tutorials/
  15. 15. Coming Up Next:• Uses of Second Life at UT Arlington – the UTA College of Nursing• A show-and-tell demonstration of the process of creating your avatar and entering Second Life
  16. 16. Questions?
  17. 17. Thank you!Sarah Jones - sjones@uta.eduUniversity of Texas at Arlington Library, Digital Library Serviceswww.uta.edu/secondlifeIn SL: Razitra Artizar (Raz)This presentation: www.slideshare.net/razitra

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