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Virtual Identities, Real People 
CTU Coffee House 
September 24, 2014 
Cynthia Calongne, aka Lyr Lobo
Outcomes for Virtual Identities 
 Explore virtual identities 
 Identify what’s in it for you! 
 Examine how to leverage...
Defined by Activity 
 Myxen, Bar Karma #1 credits 2011 
 Lyr Lobo, Second Life 2005-present 
 Lyrae the Insane, WoW 200...
Who are you on the Web? 
Web Profile 
Names and aliases 
Friends or followers 
Resume, CV, classes taught 
Papers, present...
The Mars Expedition 
Space Simulation 
Dr. Cynthia Calongne, Lyr Lobo 
Dr. Andrew Stricker, Air University 
Mike McCrockli...
Identities: who are you? 
Public 
Social 
Private 
Personal 
Research 
Financial 
Professional
Lyr’s 
Rebel 
Princesses 
Ryl 
mentored 
8th graders 
for 2 years 
on the 
Teen Grid
Your Web Identity 
Facebook 
Google+, Gmail, email accounts 
LinkedIn 
Twitter 
YouTube 
Flickr, Picasaweb, PhotoBucket 
P...
Tuscany 1740s 
Association of College Research Librarians
10 
Lyr Lobo’s brain 
If I only had a brain!
11 
NOAA researcher dressed as 
as an admiral famous for 
coining the computer bug 
& giving out a nanobyte 
Lyr and a stu...
12 
Real avatars, real people – Howard Rheingold and Larry Johnson
New Media Consortium Symposium on the 
Impact of Digital Media Oct. 2006 
Blended Reality with the MacArthur Foundation
14
15 
CTU’s Strategic Thinking with students new to the technology
16 
MBA students their 1st day in Second Life
Web and Virtual World Culture 
• Web and SL subcultures 
– Educators 
– Professionals 
– Fantasy (Elves, dragons) 
– Geeks...
Martian World’s Faire
Human Cell Avatars – When Worlds Collide
Choices for your identity 
• Avatar type 
– Gender 
– Species 
– Race 
– Ideal vs real 
– Context sensitive 
• Nonverbal 
...
Human Barometer – Vote with Your Feet
Robot, Light Bulb, and Cap’n Bob
Save the Manatee at Margaritaville
CTU Class Presentation 
Class group created a Space roleplay game 
Can you find the robot? Hint: not the green one
Identities in Greek Mythology 
Game Designs by Penny Galaxy, Delightful Doowangle, 
Denise Dashrix & Niccrhod, The Greek M...
Final Class Presentation 
Game Designs by the Blue Earth team: Rockhopper Tigerfish and Zilla1
A Student Models Her Gamification Badge
Pitfalls 
Identity Theft 
Reputation Loss 
Missed Opportunities 
Stalkers & Home Invasion
30 
Best seat in 
the house! 
I was here first! 
*pinch* Everyone is 
so friendly! 
Keep an eye on your identity & how you...
Social and 
Professional
Inspire Space Park in Second Life 
Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education 
Making a Machinima
Your Web Identity 
Preserve your privacy 
Protect your identity 
Professional 
Personal 
Social
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Virtual identities, Real People

  1. 1. Virtual Identities, Real People CTU Coffee House September 24, 2014 Cynthia Calongne, aka Lyr Lobo
  2. 2. Outcomes for Virtual Identities  Explore virtual identities  Identify what’s in it for you!  Examine how to leverage them  Discuss the pitfalls and how to avoid them  and have fun!
  3. 3. Defined by Activity  Myxen, Bar Karma #1 credits 2011  Lyr Lobo, Second Life 2005-present  Lyrae the Insane, WoW 2004-present  Lady Maliki II, High Council, Britain, Ultima Online 1997-2006  Calongne @ pcisys.net 1996-present  BBS SMMUG host 1985-1987 Lyr Lobo, Second Life, image by C. Calongne, 2014
  4. 4. Who are you on the Web? Web Profile Names and aliases Friends or followers Resume, CV, classes taught Papers, presentations, conferences ESA (2014)
  5. 5. The Mars Expedition Space Simulation Dr. Cynthia Calongne, Lyr Lobo Dr. Andrew Stricker, Air University Mike McCrocklin, Air University Jeanne Holm, NASA JPL New Media Consortium Symposium on New Media and Learning 2010 Defense GameTech Federal Virtual Worlds Challenge $25,000 Grand Prize Winner in 2010 Figure 2. Huffman Prairie Red Lion Deep Space Explorer en route to Mars, image by C. Calongne (2010)
  6. 6. Identities: who are you? Public Social Private Personal Research Financial Professional
  7. 7. Lyr’s Rebel Princesses Ryl mentored 8th graders for 2 years on the Teen Grid
  8. 8. Your Web Identity Facebook Google+, Gmail, email accounts LinkedIn Twitter YouTube Flickr, Picasaweb, PhotoBucket Pinterest, ScoopIt Favorites, Subscribe, Likes & Dislikes ESA (2014)
  9. 9. Tuscany 1740s Association of College Research Librarians
  10. 10. 10 Lyr Lobo’s brain If I only had a brain!
  11. 11. 11 NOAA researcher dressed as as an admiral famous for coining the computer bug & giving out a nanobyte Lyr and a student
  12. 12. 12 Real avatars, real people – Howard Rheingold and Larry Johnson
  13. 13. New Media Consortium Symposium on the Impact of Digital Media Oct. 2006 Blended Reality with the MacArthur Foundation
  14. 14. 14
  15. 15. 15 CTU’s Strategic Thinking with students new to the technology
  16. 16. 16 MBA students their 1st day in Second Life
  17. 17. Web and Virtual World Culture • Web and SL subcultures – Educators – Professionals – Fantasy (Elves, dragons) – Geeks (tech, Sci Fi, robots) – Gamers – Historical – Arts & music – Literary – Activist – Furry – Adult – Teen 17 • Model Your Ideal self – Imaginative – Creative – Superhero • Model Your Real self – Recognition – Honest – Disabled
  18. 18. Martian World’s Faire
  19. 19. Human Cell Avatars – When Worlds Collide
  20. 20. Choices for your identity • Avatar type – Gender – Species – Race – Ideal vs real – Context sensitive • Nonverbal – Animations & gestures – Sounds • Appearance – Skin, shape, hair, eyes – Image and style • Welcoming • Impressive • Intimidating • Thought-provoking • Expressive • Powerful • Super geek • Hip 20
  21. 21. Human Barometer – Vote with Your Feet
  22. 22. Robot, Light Bulb, and Cap’n Bob
  23. 23. Save the Manatee at Margaritaville
  24. 24. CTU Class Presentation Class group created a Space roleplay game Can you find the robot? Hint: not the green one
  25. 25. Identities in Greek Mythology Game Designs by Penny Galaxy, Delightful Doowangle, Denise Dashrix & Niccrhod, The Greek Mythology Team
  26. 26. Final Class Presentation Game Designs by the Blue Earth team: Rockhopper Tigerfish and Zilla1
  27. 27. A Student Models Her Gamification Badge
  28. 28. Pitfalls Identity Theft Reputation Loss Missed Opportunities Stalkers & Home Invasion
  29. 29. 30 Best seat in the house! I was here first! *pinch* Everyone is so friendly! Keep an eye on your identity & how you look to others Tip 1: Right click on the cushion before sitting …not the step or you may sit backwards
  30. 30. Social and Professional
  31. 31. Inspire Space Park in Second Life Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education Making a Machinima
  32. 32. Your Web Identity Preserve your privacy Protect your identity Professional Personal Social

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