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Become an Avatar - Open Source Development

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These slides accompanied a workshop that reviewed the basics of the way that open source virtual reality environments can be used in education - there are hands on applications and links that can be tried by all

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Become an Avatar - Open Source Development

  1. 1. BECOME AN AVATAR: AND, EXPLORE VIRTUAL REALITY Jelia Domingo & Eileen O’Connor - SUNY Empire State College – jelia.domingo@esc.edu / eileen.oconnor@esc.edu And, a band of hearty VR builders & guides joining from around the USA – Lisa Ryan, Scott Dolphin, Selby Evans, Lisa Ryan Workshop – May 28, 2019 – 2 to 5pm https://www.esc.edu/graduate-studies/masters-degrees/education- programs/ma-learning-emerging-technologies/
  2. 2. AGENDA • Intro & orientation • Startup • Avatar - modify & consider • Break • Building - basic > complex • Virtual tours • Debriefing - next steps; return and continue Join in a guided immersive adventure  in the future, visit or create
  3. 3. INTRODUCTIONS • About us / about you • Research • Inform consent • Opt in / opt out • General things we have done • What would you hope to accomplish by end? • Dabble? Or journey on with us? You can simply USE an island – we are showing you how you can make an island too Success is NOT about the technology but about the vision and purpose for the use Presently, open-sim is 2d/3d; headset version in future
  4. 4. HOW THE SETTING AND ENVIRONMENT INTERPLAY – SENSE OF PLACE
  5. 5. BUILD YOUR WORLD – TO WHAT PURPOSE? BASIC SPACES: • Meetings • Conferences • Classes • Role playing • Stories / narratives / games • Shared activities • What type of space is most amenable? Friendly? Formal? ADVANCED SPACES • Simulations • Impossible / dangerous • Fantasy • Multi-setting https://sites.google.com/view/vrmarian/design https://sites.google.com/view/vrmarian/adv-development - more advanced development work
  6. 6. ACQUIRE AVATAR & ENTER • Need viewer – Firestorm installed • Get avatar – www.kitely.com • USE NAME YOU WANT & WILL REMEMBER – SAVE PASSWORD (we can not reset for you) • Test speech / text chat & movement & Snapshot • Walk / fly • Teleport by map (World Map) • Find & photo – an imminent threat; a dizzying experience; floating fun; conference commons https://sites.google.com/view/vrmarian/startup https://sites.google.com/view/vrmarian/home - pirates’ peril
  7. 7. REDEFINE AVATAR • Gather in cabin area on Mariantest • Gather notecard, join team & test: • New outfits • Change in private or be bold • Avatar size and appearance • Save versions – take Snapshots • TO LEARN – explore & use ? (help) • Avatar activities • Appearance modifications – key • Gestures too https://sites.google.com/view/vrmarian/avatar-change - basic https://sites.google.com/view/vrmarian/advanced-avatar - advanced avatar
  8. 8. VIRTUAL IDENTITY? Should an avatar: • Look like you? Or, not? • Does that matter? Is an avatar important? . . . or, time consuming? What about? • Age group • Appropriateness • Professional / personal • Point of view vs. personification Lots to study – lots to understand From K12 to healthcare to education to therapy
  9. 9. WAYS TO CREATE AN ENVIRONMENT What to do: • View MARIANTEST Map • Start in Basic Build or Repurpose • Swap areas later, if desired • Then practice / play in Your-build Area • Take SNAPSHOTS GALORE of your avatar, your creations & both – SEND favorites to eileen.oconnor@esc.edu • Premade space • Gather Creative Commons artifacts, buildings, pathway • Repurpose / modify • Make posters, media, website portals • Design from scratch • ALL OF THE ABOVE Then find your guides & have some fun – continue later
  10. 10. EXPLORE OTHER SPACES – AND PONDER • Join a travel team; move to Mariantest central house • Visit with guides: • The Hudson Line • Australia • Space • Empire Learning Design • Video Production • Shadowglen • Microknowledge • Return for ideas and debriefing https://sites.google.com/view/vrmarian/other-locations https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1_4IlstMWAE64WWqM_j8VpZ 3jBwrRkGcK9AsFuegOB8M/present?slide=id.p – Kitely featured
  11. 11. YOUR IDEAS? • How is immersive different from webinar & other virtual? • Where can immersive VR play in online or blended experiences? In virtual classroom spaces? • What role could a shared space and a virtual identity play in your future? • What Can an Avatar Do? Any Virtual Thing You Design – May 29; 2:30pm • Continue to grow • On our own • Masters courses in MALET at ESC - OpenSUNY – as applicant or non- matric https://www.esc.edu/graduate-studies/masters- degrees/education-programs/ma-learning-emerging- technologies/

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