The Virtues of  Virtual Learning Environments A SAGE/ISPI Workshop
Today’s Schedule <ul><li>SAGE/ISPI Introduction </li></ul><ul><li>About Soft Skills </li></ul><ul><li>Second Life and Soft...
ISPI <ul><li>Local chapter of ISPI founded with help of  Allison Rossett in 1979  </li></ul><ul><li>ISPI San Diego's   mis...
ISPI <ul><li>Members have the opportunity to: </li></ul><ul><li>Learn best practices  </li></ul><ul><li>Network with peers...
ISPI <ul><li>ISPI Membership Sale on now! </li></ul><ul><li>Students  $20  and Members  $50 </li></ul><ul><li>So how do I ...
SAGE <ul><li>Free student organization for EdTec students and Alumni </li></ul><ul><li>Spring Party on April 19 th  at Jim...
Soft Skills Today
Soft Skills <ul><li>Valuable, but hard to cultivate </li></ul><ul><li>Even harder to define </li></ul><ul><li>Skilled work...
Working  Definition: “ a non-sequential guideline that must be adapted to a specific situation.”
Break Down of Soft Skills <ul><li>Four Varieties </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Interpersonal </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Communicat...
Interpersonal <ul><ul><ul><li>Sensitivity  </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Race/Diversity </li></ul></ul></ul></ul...
Communication <ul><ul><ul><li>Writing skills </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Verbal skills </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul...
Team Work <ul><ul><ul><li>Leadership </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Followership </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>...
Problem Solving <ul><ul><ul><li>Decision making skills </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Analytical skills </li></ul></u...
Ways to Teach Soft Skills <ul><li>Scenarios / problem-based learning </li></ul><ul><li>Coaching </li></ul><ul><li>Expert g...
Why Second Life Fits <ul><li>Special properties of SL as a training medium </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Avatars </li></ul></ul><u...
Some Potential Problems <ul><li>Multi-User Virtual Learning Environments do raise some concerns </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Dish...
Second Life and Soft Skills <ul><li>To illustrate Second Life’s soft skills applications, we have two projects: </li></ul>...
The Inevitable Room
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Espionaje en Español <ul><li>Creative environment for  learners to practice/demonstrate knowledge of conversational Spanis...
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QUESTIONS? <ul><li>Before we break… </li></ul>
Today’s Group Exercise Scenarios and Real World Needs
You Are All Experts Some people here know more about Second Life. Some know about soft skills training. Let us share this ...
Right Now <ul><li>Get into groups of 6 </li></ul><ul><li>Pick two of the following scenario types that interest your group...
Scenario Types <ul><li>Writing Skills </li></ul><ul><li>K-6 instructor </li></ul><ul><li>Global Corporation </li></ul><ul>...
The Goal Groups will use the Six Thinking Hats to devise a strategy that harnesses Second Life to improve performance in t...
Six Thinking Hats <ul><li>Each person should take on one of these roles (and only one of each per group): </li></ul><ul><u...
Things to Keep in Mind <ul><li>You are welcome to use the available computers to explore Second Life as you talk </li></ul...
Announcements <ul><li>Problems/Issues that we encounter during the workshop </li></ul><ul><li>End time: x </li></ul><ul><l...
Recap <ul><li>Let’s go to each group and briefly discuss some lessons learned today </li></ul>
QUESTIONS? <ul><li>Before we part… </li></ul>
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  1. 1. The Virtues of Virtual Learning Environments A SAGE/ISPI Workshop
  2. 2. Today’s Schedule <ul><li>SAGE/ISPI Introduction </li></ul><ul><li>About Soft Skills </li></ul><ul><li>Second Life and Soft Skills Projects </li></ul><ul><li>Recap and Questions </li></ul><ul><li>Break </li></ul><ul><li>Scenarios and Real-World Needs </li></ul><ul><li>Group Work </li></ul><ul><li>Presentations of Group Findings </li></ul><ul><li>Recap and Questions </li></ul>
  3. 3. ISPI <ul><li>Local chapter of ISPI founded with help of Allison Rossett in 1979 </li></ul><ul><li>ISPI San Diego's mission is to develop and recognize the proficiency of our members and advocate the use of human performance technology. </li></ul>
  4. 4. ISPI <ul><li>Members have the opportunity to: </li></ul><ul><li>Learn best practices </li></ul><ul><li>Network with peers </li></ul><ul><li>Meet potential employers in the workforce learning and performance community </li></ul><ul><li>Participate in chapter operations </li></ul>
  5. 5. ISPI <ul><li>ISPI Membership Sale on now! </li></ul><ul><li>Students $20 and Members $50 </li></ul><ul><li>So how do I join? </li></ul><ul><li>Visit www.ispisandiego.org </li></ul><ul><li>Register as a site user </li></ul><ul><li>Select Join ISPI San Diego Now! </li></ul><ul><li>Subscribe to our mailing list </li></ul>
  6. 6. SAGE <ul><li>Free student organization for EdTec students and Alumni </li></ul><ul><li>Spring Party on April 19 th at Jim Marshall’s </li></ul><ul><li>Sign up for news and events through sage@rohan.sdsu.edu </li></ul>
  7. 7. Soft Skills Today
  8. 8. Soft Skills <ul><li>Valuable, but hard to cultivate </li></ul><ul><li>Even harder to define </li></ul><ul><li>Skilled workers use them daily </li></ul><ul><li>Employers look for them </li></ul>
  9. 9. Working Definition: “ a non-sequential guideline that must be adapted to a specific situation.”
  10. 10. Break Down of Soft Skills <ul><li>Four Varieties </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Interpersonal </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Communication </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Teamwork </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Problem Solving </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Interpersonal <ul><ul><ul><li>Sensitivity </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Race/Diversity </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Harassment </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Age </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Empathy </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Hierarchy </li></ul></ul></ul>
  12. 12. Communication <ul><ul><ul><li>Writing skills </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Verbal skills </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Presentation skills </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Body language </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Media </li></ul></ul></ul>
  13. 13. Team Work <ul><ul><ul><li>Leadership </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Followership </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Collaboration </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Meeting Skills </li></ul></ul></ul>
  14. 14. Problem Solving <ul><ul><ul><li>Decision making skills </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Analytical skills </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Creativity </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Innovation </li></ul></ul></ul>
  15. 15. Ways to Teach Soft Skills <ul><li>Scenarios / problem-based learning </li></ul><ul><li>Coaching </li></ul><ul><li>Expert guides </li></ul><ul><li>Model performers </li></ul>
  16. 16. Why Second Life Fits <ul><li>Special properties of SL as a training medium </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Avatars </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Role Taking </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Immersion </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Traveling across “space” and ”time” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Safe environment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Built in Performance Support </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Paralinguistics </li></ul></ul>
  17. 17. Some Potential Problems <ul><li>Multi-User Virtual Learning Environments do raise some concerns </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Dishonesty </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Profanity </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Adult content </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>General mischief </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Uncontrollable factors </li></ul></ul><ul><li>These also exist in the real world… </li></ul>
  18. 18. Second Life and Soft Skills <ul><li>To illustrate Second Life’s soft skills applications, we have two projects: </li></ul><ul><li>The Inevitable Room </li></ul><ul><li>and </li></ul><ul><li>Espionaje en Español </li></ul>
  19. 19. The Inevitable Room
  20. 20. Screen Shots
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  24. 24. Screen Shots
  25. 25. Screen Shots
  26. 26. Screen Shots
  27. 27. Screen Shots
  28. 28. Screen Shots
  29. 29. Screen Shots
  30. 30. Espionaje en Español <ul><li>Creative environment for learners to practice/demonstrate knowledge of conversational Spanish and Latin-American culture (clothing, food, formality, nightlife). </li></ul><ul><li>Game is designed for adult Spanish learners (18+), intermediate to advanced: students, travelers, missionaries, business people, diplomats, etc. </li></ul>
  31. 31. Espionaje en Español
  32. 32. Espionaje en Español
  33. 33. Espionaje en Español
  34. 34. Espionaje en Español
  35. 35. Espionaje en Español
  36. 36. Espionaje en Español
  37. 37. Espionaje en Español
  38. 38. Espionaje en Español
  39. 39. QUESTIONS? <ul><li>Before we break… </li></ul>
  40. 40. Today’s Group Exercise Scenarios and Real World Needs
  41. 41. You Are All Experts Some people here know more about Second Life. Some know about soft skills training. Let us share this knowledge.
  42. 42. Right Now <ul><li>Get into groups of 6 </li></ul><ul><li>Pick two of the following scenario types that interest your group, and send a representative to the front </li></ul><ul><ul><li>First come, first served </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>But don’t rush </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>The scenarios have some known and unknown variables </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Fill in the blanks using your knowledge and creativity </li></ul></ul>
  43. 43. Scenario Types <ul><li>Writing Skills </li></ul><ul><li>K-6 instructor </li></ul><ul><li>Global Corporation </li></ul><ul><li>Communication </li></ul><ul><li>Followership </li></ul><ul><li>Customer relations </li></ul>
  44. 44. The Goal Groups will use the Six Thinking Hats to devise a strategy that harnesses Second Life to improve performance in their scenario We have approximately 45 minutes to work
  45. 45. Six Thinking Hats <ul><li>Each person should take on one of these roles (and only one of each per group): </li></ul><ul><ul><li>White Hat – analyzes data you have </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Red Hat – go with your intuition and gut </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Black Hat – Why won’t it work? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Yellow Hat – Why will it work? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Green Hat – Be creative and funky! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Blue Hat – Control the group’s communication </li></ul></ul>
  46. 46. Things to Keep in Mind <ul><li>You are welcome to use the available computers to explore Second Life as you talk </li></ul><ul><li>You may ask questions of moderators or people in other groups </li></ul><ul><li>We will share our findings at the end of the work session, so please select a speaker/presenter </li></ul>
  47. 47. Announcements <ul><li>Problems/Issues that we encounter during the workshop </li></ul><ul><li>End time: x </li></ul><ul><li>Time left: x minutes </li></ul>
  48. 48. Recap <ul><li>Let’s go to each group and briefly discuss some lessons learned today </li></ul>
  49. 49. QUESTIONS? <ul><li>Before we part… </li></ul>

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