Second Life for Administrators Dr. Andrew Jones ,  Vice Chancellor for Educational Affairs  Dallas County Community Colleg...
Overview Overview <ul><li>What is Second Life? </li></ul><ul><li>Why explore virtual worlds? </li></ul><ul><li>Vocabulary ...
What is Second Life? <ul><li>MUVE </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Multi-User Virtual Environment </li></ul></ul><ul><li>www.secondli...
<ul><li>The Horizon Report, 2007 Edition </li></ul><ul><li>Campuses and businesses have established locations in these wor...
Why Second Life/Virtual Worlds <ul><li>Stimulates the mind to consider others ways of doing and knowing </li></ul><ul><li>...
<ul><li>Allows for explorations in a safe environment </li></ul><ul><li>Second Life lets you build customized environments...
Why Second Life/Virtual Worlds <ul><li>Can devise collaborative models through highly interactive sim-models </li></ul><ul...
Avatar:  a virtual representation of a real person. You can design your avatar’s appearance to be whatever you want! Islan...
Prims (Primitives):  simple objects used as building blocks in Second Life.  Sandbox:  an area of a sim where all resident...
Griefing : the harassment of other Second Life residents through offensive actions, in violation of the SL community stand...
Procedures –  Buying  an Island <ul><li>Pitfall: Who owns the official avatar? </li></ul><ul><li>Resource: Second Life: Th...
Real Costs –  Buying  an Island <ul><li>Premium account subscription: $10/month </li></ul><ul><li>Island: $980 (with educa...
Procedures -  Development <ul><li>Select: </li></ul><ul><li>steering committee </li></ul><ul><li>project manager </li></ul...
Real Costs -  Development <ul><li>Project manager </li></ul><ul><li>Developer fees  </li></ul><ul><li>Pre-made objects and...
Procedures – Island Management <ul><li>Training </li></ul><ul><li>Administering rights </li></ul><ul><li>Waivers and discl...
Content Delivery  –  Don’ts <ul><li>Second Life is not an LMS </li></ul><ul><li>Text is clunky  </li></ul><ul><li>No Flash...
<ul><li>Pitfalls: chat radius, image types </li></ul><ul><li>Resource: Creating Your World: The Official Guide to Advanced...
Pedagogy <ul><li>Constructivism  and “discovery-based” learning: </li></ul><ul><li>Active  </li></ul><ul><li>Facilitated <...
Pedagogy <ul><li>Discovery-based learning: </li></ul><ul><li>Immersive </li></ul><ul><li>Social </li></ul><ul><li>Interact...
Virtual Field Trips: Science <ul><li>Biology </li></ul><ul><li>Genome  Island </li></ul><ul><li>Heart Murmur  Sim </li></u...
<ul><li>Art </li></ul><ul><li>UTD  ArtTech </li></ul><ul><li>Virtual Sistine Chapel </li></ul><ul><li>Social Studies </li>...
Additional Resources For more information about virtual worlds and higher education, and to download a copy of this presen...
Contact Information Dr. Andrew Jones  Avatar: DrAndu Jonesford Email: acjones@dcccd.edu Patti Jennings  Avatars: Patti Lem...
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    1. 1. Second Life for Administrators Dr. Andrew Jones , Vice Chancellor for Educational Affairs Dallas County Community College District Patti Jennings , Marketing Executive Dallas County Community College District Erin Jennings , Instructional Design Assistant The University of Texas at Dallas eLearning – February 17-19, 2008 Landscape – Nighthawks24
    2. 2. Overview Overview <ul><li>What is Second Life? </li></ul><ul><li>Why explore virtual worlds? </li></ul><ul><li>Vocabulary </li></ul><ul><li>Administrative Issues </li></ul><ul><li>Content Delivery </li></ul><ul><li>Pedagogy </li></ul><ul><li>Virtual Field Trips </li></ul><ul><li>Resources </li></ul>Capitol Hill Island – U2Katrina
    3. 3. What is Second Life? <ul><li>MUVE </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Multi-User Virtual Environment </li></ul></ul><ul><li>www.secondlife.com </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Second Life is a 3-D virtual world entirely built and owned by its residents.” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Second Life is NOT a game </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Main grid is for adults only (18+) </li></ul></ul>Harvard’s Berkman Island – U2Katrina
    4. 4. <ul><li>The Horizon Report, 2007 Edition </li></ul><ul><li>Campuses and businesses have established locations in these worlds </li></ul><ul><li>Much like websites a few years ago </li></ul><ul><li>Virtual locations will become more common and more mature as the trend continues. </li></ul><ul><li>Time to Adoption: Two to Three Years </li></ul>Virtual Worlds Ohio State – U2Katrina
    5. 5. Why Second Life/Virtual Worlds <ul><li>Stimulates the mind to consider others ways of doing and knowing </li></ul><ul><li>Helps creates no boundaries mindsets; provides a practical way of doing outside the box </li></ul><ul><li>Depicts visible models of possibilities </li></ul><ul><li>Because students will expect it </li></ul>NOAA’s Meteora Island – Sridgway
    6. 6. <ul><li>Allows for explorations in a safe environment </li></ul><ul><li>Second Life lets you build customized environments </li></ul><ul><li>Places user in totally immersive learning environments </li></ul>Second Health – Planet Video Why Second Life/Virtual Worlds
    7. 7. Why Second Life/Virtual Worlds <ul><li>Can devise collaborative models through highly interactive sim-models </li></ul><ul><li>Mirrors interactive experience for millennial students </li></ul><ul><li>Has unlimited promotional potential (limited by imagination) </li></ul>Virginia Tech Candlelight Vigil – U2Katrina Why Second Life/Virtual Worlds
    8. 8. Avatar: a virtual representation of a real person. You can design your avatar’s appearance to be whatever you want! Island: a virtual parcel of land in Second Life. Islands may be separated by many meters of ocean or grouped together to form larger areas. Vocabulary Sim (Simulation): a named region that makes up part of the Second Life world. UTD SOM – U2Katrina
    9. 9. Prims (Primitives): simple objects used as building blocks in Second Life. Sandbox: an area of a sim where all residents are given permission to build. Sandboxes can be set to return objects automatically after a specified period of time. Vocabulary UTD SOM - erinserenity
    10. 10. Griefing : the harassment of other Second Life residents through offensive actions, in violation of the SL community standards. Vocabulary Edwards Campaign HQ – U2Katrina
    11. 11. Procedures – Buying an Island <ul><li>Pitfall: Who owns the official avatar? </li></ul><ul><li>Resource: Second Life: The Official Guide </li></ul><ul><li>Set up a premium account and avatar </li></ul><ul><li>Pick a location for your island </li></ul><ul><li>Purchase the island </li></ul>DCCCD - erinserenity
    12. 12. Real Costs – Buying an Island <ul><li>Premium account subscription: $10/month </li></ul><ul><li>Island: $980 (with educational discount) </li></ul><ul><li>Maintenance: $150/month (with discount) </li></ul><ul><li>First year total: $2,900 </li></ul><ul><li>Subsequent years: $1,920 </li></ul>Pitfalls: terms of service, business procedures for monthly payments UTD SOM - erinserenity
    13. 13. Procedures - Development <ul><li>Select: </li></ul><ul><li>steering committee </li></ul><ul><li>project manager </li></ul><ul><li>developer </li></ul><ul><li>Develop: </li></ul><ul><li>an island plan </li></ul><ul><li>the island </li></ul><ul><li>a project approval process </li></ul>Promote the island! UTD ArtTech – U2Katrina
    14. 14. Real Costs - Development <ul><li>Project manager </li></ul><ul><li>Developer fees </li></ul><ul><li>Pre-made objects and scripts </li></ul><ul><li>Incidentals </li></ul>Pitfalls: time, learning curve Resource: Second Life Developers Group UTD SOM - erinserenity
    15. 15. Procedures – Island Management <ul><li>Training </li></ul><ul><li>Administering rights </li></ul><ul><li>Waivers and disclaimers </li></ul><ul><li>Holding events </li></ul><ul><li>Collecting data </li></ul>Pitfalls: security, hardware, griefing Resource: Second Life Educators (SLED) UTD SOM - erinserenity
    16. 16. Content Delivery – Don’ts <ul><li>Second Life is not an LMS </li></ul><ul><li>Text is clunky </li></ul><ul><li>No Flash </li></ul><ul><li>No embedded HTML </li></ul>Pitfall: avatar limit (lag) UTD SOM - erinserenity
    17. 17. <ul><li>Pitfalls: chat radius, image types </li></ul><ul><li>Resource: Creating Your World: The Official Guide to Advanced Content Creation for Second Life </li></ul>Content Delivery – Do’s <ul><li>Images and video </li></ul><ul><li>Lectures and audio </li></ul><ul><li>Text and voice chat </li></ul><ul><li>Presentation slides </li></ul><ul><li>Interactive simulations </li></ul>Harvard’s Berkman Island – U2Katrina
    18. 18. Pedagogy <ul><li>Constructivism and “discovery-based” learning: </li></ul><ul><li>Active </li></ul><ul><li>Facilitated </li></ul><ul><li>Social </li></ul>International Space Station – U2Katrina
    19. 19. Pedagogy <ul><li>Discovery-based learning: </li></ul><ul><li>Immersive </li></ul><ul><li>Social </li></ul><ul><li>Interactive </li></ul><ul><li>Collaborative </li></ul><ul><li>Virtual world activities: </li></ul><ul><li>Virtual field trips </li></ul><ul><li>Chat, voice chat, animations, video </li></ul><ul><li>Simulations and learning objects </li></ul><ul><li>Projects </li></ul>Morocco, Casablanca – U2Katrina
    20. 20. Virtual Field Trips: Science <ul><li>Biology </li></ul><ul><li>Genome Island </li></ul><ul><li>Heart Murmur Sim </li></ul><ul><li>Virtual Hallucinations </li></ul><ul><li>Chemistry </li></ul><ul><li>Info Island </li></ul><ul><li>Earth Sciences </li></ul><ul><li>NOAA ( Meteora ) </li></ul><ul><li>Svarga </li></ul><ul><li>Technology </li></ul><ul><li>Cisco </li></ul><ul><li>Dell Island </li></ul><ul><li>Spaceport Alpha </li></ul>InfoIsland – U2Katrina
    21. 21. <ul><li>Art </li></ul><ul><li>UTD ArtTech </li></ul><ul><li>Virtual Sistine Chapel </li></ul><ul><li>Social Studies </li></ul><ul><li>Morocco (Casablanca) </li></ul><ul><li>Rome (Roma) </li></ul><ul><li>Music </li></ul><ul><li>Live concerts </li></ul>Virtual Field Trips: Humanities Sistine Chapel, Vassar – U2Katrina
    22. 22. Additional Resources For more information about virtual worlds and higher education, and to download a copy of this presentation, please visit our blog: www.higherworlds.blogspot.com And our wiki: www.higherworlds.wikispaces.com More resources: SimTeach wiki: www.simteach.org Sloog HUD for educators: http://www.secondlifeinsider.com/2007/10/30/salamander-sloog-arrives-for-educators/ SL Browser: http://slbrowser.com/ Spaceport Alpha – U2Katrina
    23. 23. Contact Information Dr. Andrew Jones Avatar: DrAndu Jonesford Email: acjones@dcccd.edu Patti Jennings Avatars: Patti Lemuria / Patti Jennings Email: pjennings@dcccd.edu Erin Jennings Avatars: Serinity Gaea / Brianne Jennings Email: erin.jennings@utdallas.edu

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