AECT2007SReljic

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10/27/2007--Online multiuser virtual environments such as Second Life offer a non-threatening space for learners to practice a foreign language or receive pre-departure information. The simulated landscape provides an immersive experience that complements and facilitates the learning process. Meeting language natives is one of the most important value-added offered by SL's 3D online format. Aspects of social presence are discussed. Implementation recommendations are suggested. This ppt does not include the conference's audio explaining the slides.

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AECT2007SReljic

  1. 1. A Presentation for the AECT 2007 Conference, by Sabine K. Lawless-Reljic San Diego State University-University of San Diego, CA
  2. 2. <ul><li>WHAT IS SECOND LIFE? </li></ul><ul><li>Launched in 2003 by Linden Lab , San Francisco </li></ul><ul><li>Inspired by Neal Stephenson’s “Snow Crash” </li></ul><ul><li>3D interactive user-created world </li></ul><ul><li>Web-based platform </li></ul><ul><li>Over 10 million avatars (as of 10-24-2007) </li></ul><ul><li>Text and voice capability </li></ul><ul><li>This short video provides an overview of the New Media Consortium’s virtual campus in SL. </li></ul><ul><li>Learn more about Second Life at http://simteach.com </li></ul>
  3. 3. SECOND LIFE TRAFFIC ANALYSIS source: http://mayarealities.com
  4. 4. CITYSCAPE OPPORTUNITIES Egypt (Promised Land 74,61,23) Esperanto (Domo, Embu 6,175,28) Germany (Preussen 144,109,21) Italy (San Francesco Assisi 245,104,69) Morocco (Casablanca 135, 87,27) Poland (Second Krakow 212,4121) Russia (Moscow Island 133,189,21) France (Paris 1900 12,171,16) <ul><li>RESOURCES </li></ul><ul><li>Bibliothèque Française (Riviera 109,179,27) </li></ul><ul><li>Istituto Italiano di Cultura (Eup 132,151,57) </li></ul><ul><li>Info Island International 28,178,70 </li></ul><ul><li>GROUPS </li></ul><ul><li>Coopération Française </li></ul><ul><li>Aide Francophone </li></ul><ul><li>Webheads </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>EXAMPLES OF IN-WORLD LANGUAGE TRAINING </li></ul><ul><li>Avatar Languages (Hope Islands CTR 101,202,22) </li></ul><ul><li>ArabicLearn (Wetheral 35,85,170) </li></ul><ul><li>goFluent (Education Island 107, 193, 29) </li></ul><ul><li>LanguageLab (Language Lab 128,128,128) </li></ul><ul><li>English as a Second Language (Matamata 168,54,97) </li></ul><ul><li>ACTIVITIES IN SECOND LIFE </li></ul><ul><li>Working in virtual classrooms & other amazing learning spaces </li></ul><ul><li>Taking part in simulations, roleplays, movie screening, discussions, observations </li></ul><ul><li>Interpreting, analyzing, discovering, evaluating, & problem solving </li></ul>
  6. 6. Festival of European Languages San Francisco Assisi Moscow Island <ul><li>INTERNATIONAL PROFESSIONAL COLLABORATIONS </li></ul><ul><li>Espacio Psicoanalitico de Barcelona (Freudiana 10,10,20) </li></ul><ul><li>UC Davis Virtual Hallucinations (Sedig 27,45,22) </li></ul><ul><li>Svika, Copenhagen, Young Adults/Special Needs (Valkyrie 137,173,69) </li></ul>
  7. 7. Website: http://www.globalkids.org Contact: [email_address] Source of comic page: http://www.holymeatballs.org/pdfs/campgk2006/ GK’s Best Practices: http://www.holymeatballs.org/pdfs/BestPractices.pdf Credited to and permission from GK, 10-24-2007
  8. 8. <ul><li>AVATARS </li></ul><ul><li>& SOCIAL PRESENCE </li></ul><ul><li>Co-presence (Isolation/ Inclusion, mutual awareness) </li></ul><ul><li>Psychological involvement (expectations, empathy, mutual understanding) </li></ul><ul><li>Behavioral engagement (control, attention, assistance, dependence) </li></ul><ul><li>Social realism (interactivity, connection) </li></ul><ul><li>Realism (locality, permanence) </li></ul><ul><li>Transportation </li></ul><ul><li>Immersion </li></ul><ul><li>(Ref. the Networked Minds Theory) </li></ul>
  9. 9. <ul><li>MEETING AND COMMUNICATING Text, Audio, Video, and Avatar </li></ul><ul><li>Text-based chat tools and the voice option </li></ul><ul><li>Additional communication bandwidth </li></ul><ul><li>Non-verbal cues and activities: gestures and animations </li></ul><ul><li>Visual attention, Person perception, Interpersonal trust </li></ul>
  10. 10. <ul><li>ARTIFACTS INFLUENCING </li></ul><ul><li>THE FEELING OF PRESENCE </li></ul><ul><li>Internet Ecology ( SLCN.TV Metanomics ) </li></ul><ul><li>The Blabber </li></ul><ul><li>Sloog.org, Search UI </li></ul><ul><li>Ustream.tv, Veodia </li></ul><ul><li>SLiPod </li></ul>
  11. 11. <ul><li>KEY ISSUES IN IMPLEMENTING SL </li></ul><ul><li>Sanity </li></ul><ul><li>Be Zen </li></ul><ul><li>Have a backup plan </li></ul><ul><li>Build your network </li></ul><ul><li>Efficiency </li></ul><ul><li>Groups (charter, contact, public vs. private, name) </li></ul><ul><li>Locations (sandboxes, auditoriums, art galleries, living/office space) </li></ul><ul><li>Landmarks </li></ul><ul><li>Links to Websites </li></ul><ul><li>Notecards and Greetings </li></ul><ul><li>Teacher & Students’ roles </li></ul><ul><li>Campus Presence </li></ul><ul><li>Land names and descriptions, </li></ul><ul><li>Mainland vs. Islands, </li></ul><ul><li>Logos, Footpath, </li></ul><ul><li>Campus Map with Teleport System </li></ul><ul><li>Dave Pollard ’s caveats </li></ul>References to http://homepages.uc.edu/secondlife/docs/SLCC_posterpresentation_collins_jennings_2007_pdf
  12. 12. <ul><li>SL SAFETY </li></ul><ul><li>1-Be prepared </li></ul><ul><li>Code of conduct </li></ul><ul><li>Search before teleport </li></ul><ul><li>Panoramic view </li></ul><ul><li>(name option) </li></ul><ul><li>2-Act </li></ul><ul><li>Landmarks </li></ul><ul><li>Quit/Log off </li></ul><ul><li>Report </li></ul><ul><li>Examples of institutional use policies for SL (*) </li></ul><ul><li>Duke University </li></ul><ul><li>MIT Private Island </li></ul><ul><li>Schome Project (UK) </li></ul><ul><li>IBM Virtual Worlds Guidelines </li></ul>(*) http://homepages.uc.edu/secondlife/index.php/Site/ResourcesForEducators
  13. 13. RESOURCES <ul><li>Get Started in SL http://sl.nmc.org/join/ </li></ul><ul><li>SL Stats http://secondlife.com/whatis/economy_stats.php </li></ul><ul><li>List of Foreign Communities http://educedge.wikispaces.com </li></ul><ul><li>Educators in SL Survey http://www.nmc.org/news/nmc/sl-educator-survey </li></ul>
  14. 14. S abine L awless-Reljic [email_address] Willow Shenlin CPCC Campus 116,246,33 Fin

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