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Introduction to Second Life for university-level life sciences research & teaching faculty. Images are from http://flickr.com/photos/rosefirerising/ . Podcast will soon be available at ...

Introduction to Second Life for university-level life sciences research & teaching faculty. Images are from http://flickr.com/photos/rosefirerising/ . Podcast will soon be available at http://www.dent.umich.edu/informatics/bootcamp/ and/or http://www.lib.umich.edu/hsl/podcasts/ .

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  • Why Work & Teach With Second Life Patricia F. Anderson, pfa@umich.edu (a.k.a. Perplexity Peccable) Sharon K. Grayden, grayden@umich.edu (a.k.a. Vitesse Vella) © 2007 Regents of the University of Michigan. All rights reserved.
  • So You’ve Heard About Second Life
    • Screenshot of SecondLife website
    • http://secondlife.com/
  • So You’ve Heard About Second Life
    • “ Second Life is a 3D online digital world imagined, created, and owned by its residents.”
    • “ Your world. Your imagination.”
    • http://secondlife.com/
  • So You’ve Heard About Second Life
    • Also known as the Metaverse , a term from Snow Crash , a novel by Neal Stephenson.
    • What does it mean -- “3D online digital world”?
    http://abyss.hubbe.net/fredrik_favs.html
  • Second Life is a Virtual World With:
    • Doctors, bankers, candlestick makers;
    • Builders, workers, dancers, shirkers;
    • Churches and homes; gardens and domes;
    • Libraries, museums; teachers and beach bums!
  • Second Life is Growing …
    • From ~2002 to ~2007 …
  • Who is Already There? Corporate
    • Adidas
    • Apple Inc.
    • Best Buy
    • BMW
    • Cisco Systems
    • Coca Cola
    • Comcast
    • Dell
    • H&R Block
    • IBM
    • NBA (basketball, really)
    • NBC
    • Nissan
    • Pontiac
    • Reuters
    • Sun Microsystems
    • Toyota
    • The Weather Channel
    • Warner Brothers
    • … and many more …
  • Who is Already There? Businesses
    • Map of corporate presence in Second Life from the Kzero blog. (Second Life Brand Map version 1.6)
    Source: Kzero: Second Life Brand Map: http://www.kzero.co.uk/blog/?page_id=431
  • Who is Already There? Schools
    • Bowling Green State University
    • Columbia University
    • Duke University
    • Drexel University
    • Harvard University
    • New York University
    • Ohio State University
    • Pennsylvania State University
    • Princeton
    • Stanford University
    • SUNY
    • Temple University
    • UCLA & UC - Berkeley
    • University of Cincinnatti
    • University of Colorado at Denver Medical Center
    • University of Kansas Medical Center
    • University of Texas Medical Branch
    • University of Tennessee College of Medicine
    • Vassar College
    • Virginia Tech
    … and over 100 more. Source: SimTeach: http://tinyurl.com/2fen2s
  • Who is Already There? Schools
    • Map of colleges and universities with a presence in Second Life from the Kzero blog. (Second Life College Map version 1.6)
    Source: Kzero: Second Life University Map: http://www.kzero.co.uk/blog/?page_id=551
  • Why Second Life …
    • Be where the students are
    • Engaging our new students
    • Immersive environment (you gotta see it to believe it)
    • Allows interactive distance education on a level previously unimaginable
    • Personal productivity - meetings and more
    • Collaboration & simulation & visualization, oh my …
  • Second Life Now or Later?
    • “ Imagine it’s 1949 and you’re a big brand. Do you NOT participate in TV? Or, it’s 1925. Do you NOT participate in radio?”
    • Tuple vs. Kipple. Value of Measuring Engagement. June 7, 2007.
  • What’s There? Science Center
  • Who’s There? Nanotech Island
  • What’s There? Genome Island
  • Who’s There? ARC Research Center
  • Who’s There? NMC Research & Life Sciences
  • Who’s There? NMC Research & Life Sciences
  • Things to Do: Meetings
  • Things to Do: Events
    • Images of presenter with slides in front of a conference audience at the Second Life Best Practices in Education annual meeting.
  • Things to Do: Information
  • Things to Do: Outreach / Advocacy
  • Things to Do: Data Visualization
  • Things to Do: Collaboration
      • Think wiki-types of functionality in visual and 3D spaces
  • Education
    • Ohio University Second Life Campus
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aFuNFRie8wA
  • Education Ideas
    • Basic sciences
      • Interactive anatomical & cellular models
      • Class or small group interaction with anatomical avatars
    • Communication skills
      • Patient history taking
      • Problem solving
      • Cultural competencies
      • Ethical role-playing
    • Clinical space design & modeling
  • Education Ideas
    • Guided discovery
      • Treasure hunts
    • Exploration
    • Construction
    • Design
    • 3D modeling
    • Roleplay
    • Meetings
    • Distance learning
    • International teaching
  • What You Need To Know Beforehand
    • Tech
      • Bandwidth
      • Hardware
      • Screen resolution / Video cards
      • Frequent Downloads / Software Updates
    • Social & Planning
      • The Wednesday Factor
        • (grid is down for upgrades)
      • Small Groups
      • SLURLS
      • Money in SL
    • Go shopping with a muscle man
    • Build a cathedral. Visit with angels, devils, and dragons
    • Build a skeleton for a giant, with a beating heart. Teach others how to help.
    • Scan an Easter Island statue and import it as a 3D object.
    • Explore a coral reef ecosystem -- in high heels.
    • Piggyback a ride on Saturn and take tourist pics of the rest of the solar system.
    “ Your imagination. Your world.”
  • Starter Resources for Higher Ed SL Education
    • Conklin, Mega S. 101 Uses for Second Life in the College Classroom. http://facstaff.elon.edu/mconklin/pubs/glshandout.pdf
    • Open Sledware (Open Courseware in Second Life): http://opensledware.wikispaces.com/
    • Second Life Educators Archives: https://lists.secondlife.com/pipermail/educators/
    • SimTeach Wiki: http://www.simteach.com/wiki/index.php
  • Starter Resources for SL Science & Research
    • McConaghy, T. Troy. A Sampler of Science in Second Life. Nature Network: http://network.nature.com/blogs/user/U475C43B9/2007/06/17/a-sampler-of-science-in-second-life
    • Second Life Research: http://secondliferesearch.blogspot.com/
    • Science & Technology in Second Life: http://scilands.wordpress.com/blog/
  • Resources Cited in This Presentation
    • Kzero: Second Life University Map: http://www.kzero.co.uk/blog/?page_id=551
    • Kzero: Second Life Brand Map: http://www.kzero.co.uk/blog/?page_id=431
    • Brandon, John. The 8 Top Corporate Sites in Second Life. Computerworld May 2,2007. http://tinyurl.com/3yzzgk
    • Second Life Research: Brand Entry Timeline for the Automotive Industry. http://secondliferesearch.blogspot.com/2007/06/brand-entry-timeline-for-automotive.html
    • Tuple vs. Kipple. Value of Measuring Engagement. June 7, 2007. http://blogs.electricsheepcompany.com/joel/?p=21
  • Second Life + URLs = SLURLs*
    • ARC Research Center: http://slurl.com/secondlife/ARC%20Research%20Center/78/146/
    • Autistic Liberation Front (ALF): Ahttp://slurl.com/secondlife/Porcupine/50/224/129
    • Center for Water Studies: http://slurl.com/secondlife/Better%20World/77/3/9
    • Danvers State Hospital: http://slurl.com/secondlife/Ryder%20Asylum/130/93/35
    • Edgar Allen Poe House: http://slurl.com/secondlife/Montclair%20State%20CHSS/142/161/19
    * Locations Visited in the Making of this Presentation
  • Second Life + URLs = SLURLs*
    • Epiphany: Anglican Cathedral Project: http://slurl.com/secondlife/Epiphany/91/145/50
    • Genome: http://slurl.com/secondlife/Genome/127/128/48/
    • GNUbie Store: http://slurl.com/secondlife/Indigo/227/42/47
    • ISTE Aquarium: http://slurl.com/secondlife/ISTE%20Island/149/179/749
    • International Spaceflight Museum Spaceport Alpha: http://slurl.com/secondlife/Spaceport%20Alpha/49/77/24
    • Jubjub’s Sculptie Skulls: http://slurl.com/secondlife/Voronezhirkutsk/65/15/97
    * Locations Visited in the Making of this Presentation
  • Second Life + URLs = SLURLs*
    • Nanotechnology Island (coming soon)
    • NOAA Weather Map: http://slurl.com/secondlife/Info%20Island%20II/115/204/25
    • NMC: Life Sciences Building: http://slurl.com/secondlife/Research%20Park/129/102/47
    • Ohio University Campus: http://slurl.com/secondlife/ohio%20university/20/36/24
    • Science Center: http://slurl.com/secondlife/Info%20Island%20II/97/206/23
    * Locations Visited in the Making of this Presentation
  • Second Life + URLs = SLURLs*
    • Science School: http://slurl.com/secondlife/Science%20School/177/147/28
    • Underworld Italian Mafia City: http://slurl.com/secondlife/Kumiho/60/84/50
    • UTD Accessibility Island: http://slurl.com/secondlife/UTD%20Accessibility/83/107/32
    • V3 Planetarium: http://slurl.com/secondlife/Silicon%20Island/138/134/39
    * Locations Visited in the Making of this Presentation
    • Want to get started? Come to our next presentation in two weeks!