Second Life and Virtual Academics


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Second Life and Virtual Academics

  1. 1. Second Life and Virtual Academics: Using MUVEs to Enhance Teaching and Learning Beth Ritter-Guth (Desideria Stockton) David Longenbach (Foe Hammerer)
  2. 2. Your Guides <ul><li>Beth Ritter-Guth , Instructor of English, Communication, and Women’s Studies, LCCC, CEO of Literature Alive, [email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>David Longenbach , Dean of Academic Services, LCCC, [email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Lisa Plummer , Associate Dean of Institutional Statistics, [email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Eloise Pasteur , Educational Designer, UK, [email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Daliah Carter , Literature Alive! Assistant, Displaced Worker/Graduate, LCCC </li></ul>
  3. 3. The Vestibule <ul><li>Creating Desideria Stockton </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Gender Discourse Research Exploration </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The Birth of Literature Alive! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Lack of Humanities Content </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Lack of Faculty Development Opportunities </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Need for Edifying Content </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Collaboration with Eloise Pasteur (Virgil) </li></ul></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Spotlight The Archetypal Cavern
  5. 5. Limbo <ul><li>Challenges </li></ul><ul><ul><li>No Connections, No Money, No Clue </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Strategies </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Quit </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Found Harvard </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Joined Sled List ( ) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Met Sarah Robbins (Intellagirl Tully) and Bryan Carter (Bryan Mnemonic) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Met Eloise Pasteur </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Became a Student </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Spotlight Mama Day Interactive
  7. 7. The Lustful <ul><li>Fears </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Adult Content </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Counter Culture (BDSM/Furry/Gor/Child RP/RC RP) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Griefing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Addiction </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Strategies </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Prepare Students for International Travel </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Engage Students </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Provide Safe Havens </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Visit Literature Alive! Headquarters Lucky Chairs and Gaming Station </li></ul></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Spotlight The Gothic Literature Classroom
  9. 9. The Gluttonous <ul><li>Challenges to Finding Good Content: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Educators Do Not Promote (strip clubs do) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Strategies: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Started Building British Literature Classroom </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Created Open Access Policy via Creative Commons </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Listed All Builds in Classifieds </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Spotlight Literature of the Progressive Era
  11. 11. Hoarders and Wasters <ul><li>Challenges: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Some Educators Do Not Share </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Locked Sims </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>No Place to Learn HOW to teach using SL (lots of places to learn WHY) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Strategies </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Open SLedware Project (Hiro Sheridan, Eloise Pasteur) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Creative Commons Licensing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Faculty Workshops @ the Collaboration Station </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. Spotlight The Walden Farm Project
  13. 13. The Wrathful <ul><li>Challenges: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Peer Faculty Perceptions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Bad Press </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Frustrated Students </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Strategies: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Recruited Dean Dave </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Good Press </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Listened to Students </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. Spotlight Grendel’s Lair
  15. 15. The Heretics <ul><li>Challenges: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Virtual Literature versus “Real Literature” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Perception of “Unethical Practice” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Restricted Classrooms </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Strategies: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Commitment to Virtual Ethics </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Commitment to Global Partnerships </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Tour </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Poe Classroom </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Spoon River Anthology </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Archetypal Cavern </li></ul></ul></ul>
  16. 16. Spotlight Rime of the Ancient Mariner
  17. 17. The Violent <ul><li>The Death of Good Ideas </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Lack of Funding, Lack of IT Support (Public Disapproval), Lack of Peer Support (Tenure/Promotion) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Strategies: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Remember the Cause: STUDENTS! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ If you are going to kick up sand, expect to get sand in your eye” – Former Administrator </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Create Partnerships </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Community College Consortium (Pipsqueak Fiddlesticks) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sponsorships </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Super Sponsors: Finger Lakes CC, Monroe CC, NMC, FireSabre Consulting, Eloise Pasteur Educational Designs </li></ul></ul></ul>
  18. 18. The Women and War Partnership <ul><li>Introduction to Women’s Studies (online) </li></ul><ul><li>History of World War II (F2F) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Shared Resources </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Collaboration </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Joint Projects </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Assessment </li></ul></ul>
  19. 19. The Fraudulent <ul><li>Recreating Real Life </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Lack of Immersion </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Empty Shells </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Politics </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Strategies: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Revised Projects </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Self Sustaining Builds </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Surrounded by GREAT and AWESOME people!!!! </li></ul></ul>
  20. 20. Spotlight Edgar Allan Poe’s House of Usher
  21. 21. The Treacherous <ul><li>The Nay Sayers </li></ul><ul><ul><li>They do not go away!!! </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Strategies: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Start Somewhere (find a guide) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Build a Reputation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Celebrate the Success of All </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Share Resources </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Collaborate </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Present </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Publish (Innovate) </li></ul></ul>
  22. 22. Questions? <ul><li>Beth Ritter-Guth </li></ul><ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Desideria Stockton (SL) </li></ul></ul>