Using Virtual Worlds in a Learning Context


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Using Virtual Worlds in a Learning Context

  1. 1. Pauline Randall (aka Liz Ferlinghetti) virtual-e Ltd Virtual world benefits through real world solutions
  2. 2. Before we go any further...
  3. 3. What are virtual worlds? <ul><li>Persistent 3-d environments </li></ul><ul><li>Multi user </li></ul><ul><li>Allow you to see and interact with other users </li></ul><ul><li>Allow you to interact with the environment </li></ul>
  4. 4. Does using it make sense? <ul><li>Still a new technology </li></ul><ul><li>Not the answer to everything </li></ul><ul><li>Can you tie it in to your organisational objectives? </li></ul><ul><li>Can you identify benefits to your organisation? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Better knowledge retention </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Greater understanding </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cost savings etc </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. What are the issues to consider? <ul><li>Cultural </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Selling the idea to your organisation </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Technical </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Firewall </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Hardware – particularly graphics cards </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Skill sets </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Who is going to do it? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Internal/external developers? </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Some ideas for learning in SL <ul><li>Case studies </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Problem solving </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Marketing – use the SL economy </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Things too big/small/dangerous to do in real life </li></ul><ul><li>Things impossible to do in real life </li></ul><ul><li>Research </li></ul><ul><li>Communication </li></ul><ul><li>Language studies </li></ul><ul><li>Team work </li></ul>
  7. 7. University of Hawaii
  8. 8. Ashridge Business School
  9. 9. Chinese Island – Michigan State University
  10. 10. Western Australia Police
  11. 11. Public Works Island
  12. 12. Spaceport Alpha
  13. 13. Will it go away if I ignore it?
  14. 14. Virtual worlds are here to stay <ul><li>Not necessarily Second Life – there are others with more in beta </li></ul><ul><li>You will join in eventually – why not find out more about it now! </li></ul>
  15. 15. Current benefits of Second Life <ul><li>More developed than other virtual worlds </li></ul><ul><li>There is a lot of content already available in Second Life that you can use </li></ul><ul><li>There are other users to engage with </li></ul>
  16. 16. Getting started... <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Create an account </li></ul><ul><li>Download the client software </li></ul><ul><li>Go exploring </li></ul><ul><li>Talk to other users </li></ul><ul><li>Join some groups </li></ul><ul><li>Go to some events – think of what interests you in real life and find it in Second Life </li></ul><ul><li>Have fun! </li></ul>
  17. 17. Find these slides in Slideshare Virtual world benefits through real world solutions
  18. 18. Pauline Randall (Liz Ferlinghetti in Second Life) Second Life Solution Provider Second Life Developer E-learning Consultant [email_address] virtual-e Island in Second Life Virtual world benefits through real world solutions
  19. 19. <ul><li>Places to visit in Second Life and some useful websites </li></ul>
  20. 20. Client List <ul><li>Ashridge Business School </li></ul><ul><li>CyMal Museums & Libraries </li></ul><ul><li>Imperial College London, Faculty of Medicine </li></ul><ul><li>JISC/RSC </li></ul><ul><li>Square One Research, Florida </li></ul><ul><li>University of East London </li></ul><ul><li>University of Hawaii </li></ul>
  21. 21. Second Life Locations <ul><li>Abyss Museum of Ocean Science - </li></ul><ul><li>Autodesk Island – Engineering Design - </li></ul><ul><li>Bowling Green State University - </li></ul><ul><li>Camp Darfur - </li></ul><ul><li>Chinese School - </li></ul><ul><li>Dresden Art Gallery - </li></ul><ul><li>Edinburgh University - </li></ul><ul><li>Genome Island - </li></ul><ul><li>Leeds College of Art & Design - </li></ul><ul><li>Streets of Baghdad - </li></ul><ul><li>Western Australia Police - </li></ul>
  22. 22. Websites <ul><li>Second Life – </li></ul><ul><li>Second Life Stats - </li></ul><ul><li>Second Life Security - </li></ul><ul><li>Other options </li></ul><ul><li>Virtual Worlds Review - </li></ul>
  23. 23. Websites - Education <ul><li>Educause Review - </li></ul><ul><li>Institutions & Organisations in SL - </li></ul><ul><li>SLED (Second Life Educators) List - </li></ul><ul><li>SLED Blog - </li></ul>
  24. 24. Websites - Business <ul><li>Times – McKinsey Interview - </li></ul><ul><li>Business Communicators of Second Life - </li></ul><ul><li>Companies in Second Life - </li></ul>
  25. 25. Virtual world benefits through real world solutions