Before Class Starts: Essential Orientations

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Slides from our session at the VWBPE Second Life conference. March 12, 2010.

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Before Class Starts: Essential Orientations

  1. 1. <ul><li>presented by </li></ul><ul><li>“ Professor Lilliehook” </li></ul><ul><li>“ Ikaika Miles” </li></ul><ul><li>University of Hawaii - Manoa </li></ul>Before Class Starts: Essential Second Life Orientations VWBPE 2010 Conference
  2. 2. Why? You’re excited Your students could use some excitement
  3. 3. Why? Dear Online Class: Meet me in Second Life on Thursday at 11:00 AM. This is a cool virtual world. You’ll love it. Just visit http://www.secondlife.com Download the software. See you in there. To: PHIL 641 From: Dr. Newbiesome Subject: Class on Thursday
  4. 4. Why? Second Life is SPECIAL . Not just another web-based tool
  5. 5. Un HELP ful Help Island Why?
  6. 6. Be Prepared Why? Multiple visits. Multiple orientations.
  7. 7. <ul><li>12 CRITICAL PREPS </li></ul><ul><li>Teacher </li></ul><ul><li>Student </li></ul><ul><li>BEST PRACTICES </li></ul><ul><li>DISCUSSION </li></ul>Be an animated audience! use LOCAL CHAT & Backslash GESTURES BEFORE YOUR CLASS STARTS in SL type press enter
  8. 8. Critical Preparation #1 TEACHER Equipment
  9. 9. Critical Preparation #2 TEACHER Pre-built orientations 2 - 3 x
  10. 10. Critical Preparation #3 TEACHER Practice Communication Voice Text /practice!
  11. 11. Critical Preparation #4 TEACHER Object Interactions Touch Create Open Edit... More Pay Take Sit Here anybody have a clue what to do in here?
  12. 12. Critical Preparation #5 TEACHER Get use to multitasking help! which window to look at??
  13. 13. Critical Preparation #6 TEACHER Buy some Linden $
  14. 14. Critical Preparation #7 TEACHER Tell them something Use notecards
  15. 15. Critical Preparation #8 TEACHER Tell them where Use landmarks
  16. 16. Critical Preparation #9 TEACHER Make it worth the trip Excite, Explore, Experiment
  17. 17. Critical Preparation #10 TEACHER Find a home for your class ISTE NMC
  18. 18. Getting students ready Why? Not as tech savvy as you think; SL is extremely complex help! I’m sitting “in” the floor…
  19. 19. Critical Preparation #1 STUDENT Require visit to a decent orientation
  20. 20. Critical Preparation #2 STUDENT Snapshots (Screenshots)
  21. 21. Critical Preparation #3 STUDENT Controlled Exploration Be specific Set goals
  22. 22. BEFORE YOUR CLASS STARTS in SL 12 Critical Orientations Summary <ul><li>Equipment & connection </li></ul><ul><li>Pre-built orientations x2 </li></ul><ul><li>Communication </li></ul><ul><li>Object interactions </li></ul><ul><li>Multi-tasking </li></ul><ul><li>Linden dollars </li></ul><ul><li>Create a notecard </li></ul><ul><li>Create/Share landmark </li></ul><ul><li>Immersive content </li></ul><ul><li>Found a home </li></ul><ul><li>Snapshots/screenshot </li></ul><ul><li>Explored many sims </li></ul>
  23. 23. Best Practices I need help! Where can I get that? Don’t assume anything
  24. 24. Best Practices Content not technology wonder why those avatars are all hunched over?
  25. 25. Best Practices Syllabus is complete wish I’d known I’d have to wear a stupid costume For this course, all students must demonstrate that they have the following required equipment: PC Computer Windows XP or Vista 1.5 ghz processor 1 GB RAM Graphics Cards: (at least one of these) --NVIDIA Graphics Card 6600+ -- ATI Graphics Card 1600-1900; 2600/2900; 3650/3850 High Speed DIRECT Internet Connection (wi-fi is unstable) *Approximately TWO WEEKS of class will be spent in required explorations before class begins. All students will be required to demonstrate that they have the basic skills needed to participate fully in a virtual class session.
  26. 26. Best Practices Try a unit of instruction - before a full semester Integrate Second Life slowly
  27. 27. Best Practices Safety Instructions Set Boundaries & Limitations Hey..how do we get outa this thing? I dunno
  28. 28. Best Practices Socialization – get students to join groups, attend social events Hey..how do we get outa this thing? Love to dance
  29. 29. Best Practices Watch out for Wi-Fi connections If possible, do a F2F orientation in lab
  30. 30. In conclusion <ul><li>Don’t need to be an expert </li></ul><ul><li>Won’t have to reinvent the wheel </li></ul><ul><li>Do take advantage of the immersive </li></ul><ul><li>& interactive environment </li></ul>
  31. 31. Discussion <ul><li>Questions or Comments </li></ul>
  32. 32. VWBPE 2010 Conference Thanks, Avatar Educators!

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