Virtual worlds and Jenny Evans Tuesday 23rd September 2008 http://delicious.com/imperiallibrary/secondlifeworkshop © Imper...
What we will cover today <ul><li>Virtual worlds </li></ul><ul><li>Second Life </li></ul><ul><ul><li>an overview </li></ul>...
<ul><li>“… a computer-based simulated environment intended for its users to inhabit and interact via avatars” </li></ul><u...
What is an avatar? <ul><li>An  avatar  is a computer user's representation of himself or  </li></ul><ul><li>herself, wheth...
Related terminology <ul><li>Massively multiplayer online games (MMOG) </li></ul><ul><li>“… a video game which is capable o...
<ul><li>2008 Metaverse Tour Video:  </li></ul><ul><li>The Social Virtual World’s A Stage by Gary Hayes </li></ul><ul><li>h...
 
Introduction to Second Life   h ttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v =4R1SrZua5ww   <ul><li>“ Second Life® is a 3-D virtual world...
About Second Life <ul><li>Hosted by Linden Labs on their Second Life grid platform </li></ul><ul><li>Created by it’s resid...
What can I do in Second Life? <ul><li>Create an avatar </li></ul><ul><li>Move around </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Walk, run, fly ...
Second Life...what you need to know <ul><li>Islands  - the places you walk around/on while in Second Life </li></ul><ul><l...
 
What are UK HE institutions doing in Second Life? <ul><li>Open University </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Holding classes in Second ...
Second Life @ Imperial College London <ul><li>Academics giving lectures on </li></ul><ul><li>Nature Network’s Second </li>...
Second Life in the Faculty of Medicine <ul><li>Game based learning for Virtual Patients  </li></ul><ul><li>in Second Life ...
Should libraries be in Second Life? <ul><li>http://librariansmatter.com/blog/2007/04/ </li></ul><ul><li>30/ten-very-good-r...
Hands on: Creating an account and your avatar <ul><li>Go to the Second Life website  http:// secondlife.com /  and click o...
Hands on: Activate your account and enter Second Life <ul><li>4. Check your email and click on the link to activate your a...
Hands on: Exploring Second Life <ul><li>Have a play  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Tutorials to help you out:  </li></ul></ul><ul>...
And there’s more... <ul><li>If you are interested in exploring more, Andy Powell from the </li></ul><ul><li>Eduserv Founda...
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    1. 1. Virtual worlds and Jenny Evans Tuesday 23rd September 2008 http://delicious.com/imperiallibrary/secondlifeworkshop © Imperial College London http://learning20atimperial.wordpress.com
    2. 2. What we will cover today <ul><li>Virtual worlds </li></ul><ul><li>Second Life </li></ul><ul><ul><li>an overview </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>in libraries/education </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>at Imperial College London </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Hands on </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Set up an account, create your avatar and begin to explore Second Life </li></ul></ul>
    3. 3. <ul><li>“… a computer-based simulated environment intended for its users to inhabit and interact via avatars” </li></ul><ul><li>From Wikipedia http:// en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virtual_world </li></ul><ul><li>[Accessed 19th September 2008] </li></ul>What is a virtual world? “… an online environment whose “residents” are avatars representing individuals participating online” From 7 things you should know about…Virtual Worlds http://connect.educause.edu/display/39392 [Accessed 21st September 2008]
    4. 4. What is an avatar? <ul><li>An avatar is a computer user's representation of himself or </li></ul><ul><li>herself, whether in the form of a three-dimensional model used </li></ul><ul><li>in computer games, [1] a two-dimensional icon (picture) used on </li></ul><ul><li>Internet forums and other communities, [2] [3] or a text construct </li></ul><ul><li>found on early systems such as MUDs .” </li></ul><ul><li>From Wikipedia http:// en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Avatar_(computing ) </li></ul><ul><li>[Accessed 19th September 2008] </li></ul><ul><li>Multi User Dungeon, Domain or Dimension (MUD) </li></ul><ul><li>“… a multi-player computer game that combines elements of </li></ul><ul><li>role-playing games, hack and slash style computer games </li></ul><ul><li>and social chat rooms.” </li></ul><ul><li>From Wikipedia http:// en.wikipedia.org /wiki/MUVE </li></ul><ul><li>[Accessed 19 th September 2008] </li></ul>
    5. 5. Related terminology <ul><li>Massively multiplayer online games (MMOG) </li></ul><ul><li>“… a video game which is capable of supporting hundreds or thousands of </li></ul><ul><li>Players simultaneously…played on the Internet, and feature at least one </li></ul><ul><li>persistent world…” </li></ul><ul><li>From Wikipedia http:// en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Massively_multiplayer_online_games </li></ul><ul><li>[Accessed 19th September 2008] </li></ul><ul><li>Multi User Virtual Environment (MUVE) </li></ul><ul><li>“… online, multi-user virtual environments, sometimes called virtual </li></ul><ul><li>worlds…most widely used to describe MMOGs that are not necessarily game </li></ul><ul><li>specific…” </li></ul><ul><li>From Wikipedia http:// en.wikipedia.org /wiki/MUVE [Accessed 19 th September 2008] </li></ul>
    6. 6. <ul><li>2008 Metaverse Tour Video: </li></ul><ul><li>The Social Virtual World’s A Stage by Gary Hayes </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.personalizemedia.com/2008-metaverse-tour-video-the-social-virtual-worlds-a-stage/ (7 mins) </li></ul>Virtual worlds: Examples
    7. 8. Introduction to Second Life h ttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v =4R1SrZua5ww <ul><li>“ Second Life® is a 3-D virtual world created by its </li></ul><ul><li>Residents. Since opening to the public in 2003, it has </li></ul><ul><li>grown explosively and today is inhabited by millions of </li></ul><ul><li>Residents from around the globe. “ </li></ul><ul><li>From: http:// secondlife.com/whatis / [Accessed 19 th September 2008] </li></ul>What is Second Life?
    8. 9. About Second Life <ul><li>Hosted by Linden Labs on their Second Life grid platform </li></ul><ul><li>Created by it’s residents </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Can build things – you own what you create </li></ul></ul><ul><li>How does it work? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>You create an account (free to join) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Download the software to your computer (needs to have a good video card) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Explore and play </li></ul></ul>
    9. 10. What can I do in Second Life? <ul><li>Create an avatar </li></ul><ul><li>Move around </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Walk, run, fly </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Teleport </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>SLURL (Second Life URL) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Click on a SLURL to go directly to a specific location in Second Life </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Participate in the Second Life economy </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Buy land, shop with Linden Dollars </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Build </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Businesses, educational and cultural institutions all found there </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Not compulsory </li></ul></ul>
    10. 11. Second Life...what you need to know <ul><li>Islands - the places you walk around/on while in Second Life </li></ul><ul><li>Avatars - your online persona (human, animal, robot) </li></ul><ul><li>Buildings - can create them as well as go into them </li></ul><ul><li>Objects - can be clothes or cars…your imagination is the limit </li></ul><ul><li>Notecards - an item containing text and/or other information </li></ul><ul><li>Pie menu – right click to get a list of options </li></ul>
    11. 13. What are UK HE institutions doing in Second Life? <ul><li>Open University </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Holding classes in Second Life </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>DigiLab </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Coventry University </li></ul><ul><ul><li>have built a virtual campus in Second Life </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Edinburgh University </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Virtual University of Edinburgh </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Work with Masters students </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Sloodle </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Moodle (VLE) in Second Life </li></ul></ul>
    12. 14. Second Life @ Imperial College London <ul><li>Academics giving lectures on </li></ul><ul><li>Nature Network’s Second </li></ul><ul><li>Nature Island </li></ul><ul><li>For example Dr James Kirkpatrick from the Physics Department http://www.nature.com/secondnature/archive_pages/2008_02_25.html </li></ul><ul><li>Second Health Hospital </li></ul><ul><li>Healthcare in the future </li></ul><ul><li>http:// secondhealth.wordpress.com / </li></ul>
    13. 15. Second Life in the Faculty of Medicine <ul><li>Game based learning for Virtual Patients </li></ul><ul><li>in Second Life </li></ul><ul><li>http:// uk.youtube.com/watch?v = WnPYhSbSABA </li></ul>Applied game based learning in a MUVE to support face to face teaching Game based learning for Virtual Patients in Second Life Phase 2 http:// uk.youtube.com/watch?v =VhQ8MjdRq_4
    14. 16. Should libraries be in Second Life? <ul><li>http://librariansmatter.com/blog/2007/04/ </li></ul><ul><li>30/ten-very-good-reasons-why-your </li></ul><ul><li>librarians-should-be-in-second-life/ </li></ul>From Kathryn Greenhill’s blog, Librarians Matter: http ://librariansmatter . com/blog http://librariansmatter.com/blog/2007/05 /01/six-very-bad-reasons-to-have-a- library-branch-in-second-life/
    15. 17. Hands on: Creating an account and your avatar <ul><li>Go to the Second Life website http:// secondlife.com / and click on ‘Get Started’ </li></ul><ul><li>When you get to select a community you can skip this step </li></ul><ul><li>Create an account/avatar </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Choose a starting look </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Create a first name (can be anything) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Create a last name (must be from the list of options) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Fill in the rest of the details and Click on create an account </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Remember you can update your avatar’s look when you enter Second Life – but once you have a name you cannot change it! </li></ul></ul>
    16. 18. Hands on: Activate your account and enter Second Life <ul><li>4. Check your email and click on the link to activate your account </li></ul><ul><li>5. You are now ready to enter Second Life (as the software is already on the cluster PCs) </li></ul><ul><li>Entering Second Life </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Double click on the Second Life icon and accept the terms of service agreement </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>You will arrive at Help Island </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The next step is to go through the basic tutorial about how to move around </li></ul></ul>
    17. 19. Hands on: Exploring Second Life <ul><li>Have a play </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Tutorials to help you out: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Moving and flying in Second Life </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>http://wiki.secondlife.com/wiki/Video_Tutorial/Moving_%26_flying </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Using the pie menu </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>http://wiki.secondlife.com/wiki/Video_Tutorial/Using_the_pie_menu </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Visit the South Kensington campus and virtual hospital: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://slurl.com/secondlife/Imperial%20College%20London/150/86/27/ </li></ul></ul><ul><li>What to do next? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Chat to your fellow workshop participants </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Explore the Virtual Hospital – register and diagnose a patient </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Search for and teleport to the Second Health hospital and look around </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Track down any island of interest and have a play </li></ul></ul>
    18. 20. And there’s more... <ul><li>If you are interested in exploring more, Andy Powell from the </li></ul><ul><li>Eduserv Foundation is giving the following presentation in </li></ul><ul><li>Second Life as part of a JISC Services skills event </li></ul><ul><li>Using Second Life to support events </li></ul><ul><li>When: Thursday 25th September </li></ul><ul><li>Time: 15.30 UK time </li></ul><ul><li>Location: Virtual Congress Centre </li></ul><ul><li>on Eduserv Island </li></ul><ul><li>See http://artfossett.blogspot.com/2008/09/using-sl-to-support-events.html for further information </li></ul>

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