Exploring the power of immersive 3-D virtual worlds for experiential education – a look at Second Life®<br />Barbara Thomas<br />Faculty of Management<br />June 10, 2010<br />
About Second Life®<br />Around since 2003<br />It is a 3-D virtual world that is almost entirely built by its residents. <br />Free to join and use, but it needs some dollars to rent or purchase “land”<br />Content is user-generated, which gives it much power and flexibility – especially for educators<br />Thousands of educators from around the world are now actively using 3-D virtual worlds such as Second Life™ for teaching classes, doing research, holding virtual office hours and other meetings, and running student projects.<br />
Methods of communication in SL<br />Voice (like Skype) – public and private conversations, both group and one-on-one<br />Chat and Instant Messaging - public and private conversations, both group and one-on-one<br />Notecards (text only)<br />Scripted interactive devices of all kinds<br />
Virtual VIU in SL<br />The VIU Teaching and Learning Centre is heading up a project to create a virtual presence in SL for us all to experiment with and use in our classes and for business meetings<br />SLURL<br />http://slurl.com/secondlife/arts%20and%20letters/71/23/24/<br />
Some examples of the use of Second Life by the education and business sectors<br />
3-D models and walk-throughs<br />3-D models and walk throughs<br />Useful for construction and mechanical programs<br />Crescendo Design: sustainable residence model on Architecture Island<br />http://crescendodesign.com/<br />WorldSkills 2009 Calgary venue simulation – created by Craig Maynard from the School of Manufacturing and Automation at SAIT<br />
3-D engineering simulation<br />Memorial University Shipyard<br />Won award in 2009 from the Canadian Network for Innovation in Education<br />Students in a marine engineering course were provided with a space to build a virtual shipyard.<br />They met online and walked through the build to assess its functionality.<br />If things didn’t work, they went back and re-designed and re-built<br />
Role play<br />Role play – could be useful for practical nursing; dental assistant; office receptionist etc<br />Example from Imperial College London, Medical School<br />
Interactive applications<br />Language learning<br />LanguageLab<br />Tech Museum of Innovation<br />SEITAR Intercultural Learning Space<br />
Hands-on, planning, design<br />Horticulture and landscaping<br />Botanical Landscaping, Garden and Environmental Design Center in Straylight<br />Hairdressing applications?<br />LAQ Hair Store<br />
Interested in knowing more or in joining the VIU Virtual Worlds Community of Practice?<br />Barbara Thomas. Faculty of Management. <br />firstname.lastname@example.org<br />Second Life username: mystery Arida<br />Register for free at www.secondlife.com<br />Second Life group: Virtual VIU<br />Email me or IM me in SL and I will send you an invitation to join the group.<br />This will give you permission to use our land in SL<br />Teaching and Learning Centre resources on SL<br />
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