Second Life & Virtual Worlds for Academic Healthcare & Education

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A presentation introducing the healthcare context and potential of Second Life, by Patricia F. Anderson (Perplexity Peccable) to the University of Michigan School of Pharmacy on April 11, 2008.

A presentation introducing the healthcare context and potential of Second Life, by Patricia F. Anderson (Perplexity Peccable) to the University of Michigan School of Pharmacy on April 11, 2008.

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  • 1. Second Life & Virtual Worlds for Academic Healthcare & Education Patricia F. Anderson (a.k.a. Perplexity Peccable) [email_address] April 11, 2008 ©2008 Regents of the University of Michigan. All rights reserved.
  • 2. Background Basics
    • What is SL (Second Life)?
    • UM in SL
    • What can you do in SL that you can do in RL (real life) and how is it different?
    • What can you do in SL that you can't do in RL?
  • 3. What is SL?
    • Is it a game? Y/N
    • Virtual world
    • MUVE (multi-user virtual environment)
    • Why Work & Teach in Second Life:
      • http://www.slideshare.net/umhealthscienceslibraries/why-work-teach-with-second-life
  • 4. UM in SL
    • Wolverine Island
    • More info:
      • Wiki:
        • http://slum.wetpaint.com/
      • Blog:
        • http://mblog.lib.umich.edu/slum/
      • Pictures:
        • http://flickr.com/groups/slum/
  • 5. Real Life Functions in SL
    • Distance learning
      • Synchronous - class meetings, collaborations
      • Asynchronous - exploration of content, assignments, projects
    • Professional activities
      • Professional meetings
      • Teleconferencing
      • Presentations
  • 6. Real Life Functions in SL
    • Communi-cation
      • Instant messaging (IM)
      • Voice
  • 7. Real Life Functions in SL
    • Collaboration
      • Global & international connections
      • Serendipitous connections
  • 8. More Real Life in SL
      • Meeting people you wouldn’t in RL
  • 9. More Real Life in SL
      • Meeting people you wouldn’t in RL
  • 10. What’s Different?
    • Immersion / immersive
    • Engagement
    • Costs ($$)
    • Access
  • 11. What’s Different?
    • … and of course, the people
  • 12. “ Not (quite) in RL” Examples
    • Modeling
  • 13. “ Not (quite) in RL” Examples
    • Roleplay
    • Simulated Patients
  • 14. Trends in Virtual Worlds
    • Open source, open access, open content
    • Integration with web content
    • Mediagrid:
      • Croquet, Second Life, Wonderland, World of Warcraft
    • And more (OpenGrid, OpenSim, OpenLife … )
    • Alternative clients/browsers
      • 3d
      • Accessibility
      • Security
      • Server control
      • Import / Export capability
  • 15. Introducing SL via Outworld Resources
    • Virtual patients
    • Virtual patient communities
    • Life science education
    • (YouTube, Flickr)
  • 16. Outworld Resources - Virtual Patients
    • Videos of virtual patients
      • Gentle Heron: http://tw.youtube.com/watch?v=UV52WRXm1Cg
      • BBC: Autism: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pmTXGQ2BhUA
  • 17. Virtual patient communities: Sophia’s Garden
    • http://www.sophiasgarden.org/
  • 18. Virtual patient communities: SLHealthy
    • http://slhealthy.wetpaint.com/
  • 19. Inworld Opportunities
    • Patient Communities
    • Patient Resources / Outreach / Education
    • Medical Communities & Resources
    • Life Science Education
    • Simulations
  • 20.
    • Patient Communities
    • Heron Sanctuary / Virtual Abilities, Inc (VAI)
    • Wheelies @ Second Ability
    • GIMPgirl
    • Autism Liberation Federation
  • 21.
    • Consumer Health Resources
    • Outreach
      • HealthInfo Island
      • Wellness Island
    • Education
      • UTD Accessibility Island
      • Sexual Health Public Education and Outreach
  • 22. Providing Clinical Care via SL
    • Behavioral Sciences
      • Affective disorders
      • Anxiety disorders
    • Rehabilitation
      • Autism
      • Traumatic Brain Injury
      • Neuromuscular conditions
    • Support Groups
  • 23.
    • Medical Communities & Resources
    • Ann Myer Medical Center
    • Second Health Hospital
    • Second Life Medical Association
  • 24.
    • Life Science Education
    • Genome (Second Nature)
    • Testis Model
    • JS Vavoom / NESIM: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UjLDe-ca-sw
  • 25.
    • Simulations
    • Virtual Hallucinations