Why Work & Teach With Second Life

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Introduction to Second Life for university-level life sciences research & teaching faculty. Images are from http://flickr.com/photos/rosefirerising/ . Podcast will soon be available at http://www.dent.umich.edu/informatics/bootcamp/ and/or http://www.lib.umich.edu/hsl/podcasts/ .

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Why Work & Teach With Second Life

  1. 1. Why Work & Teach With Second Life Patricia F. Anderson, pfa@umich.edu (a.k.a. Perplexity Peccable) Sharon K. Grayden, grayden@umich.edu (a.k.a. Vitesse Vella) © 2007 Regents of the University of Michigan. All rights reserved.
  2. 2. So You’ve Heard About Second Life <ul><li>Screenshot of SecondLife website </li></ul><ul><li>http://secondlife.com/ </li></ul>
  3. 3. So You’ve Heard About Second Life <ul><li>“ Second Life is a 3D online digital world imagined, created, and owned by its residents.” </li></ul><ul><li>“ Your world. Your imagination.” </li></ul><ul><li>http://secondlife.com/ </li></ul>
  4. 4. So You’ve Heard About Second Life <ul><li>Also known as the Metaverse , a term from Snow Crash , a novel by Neal Stephenson. </li></ul><ul><li>What does it mean -- “3D online digital world”? </li></ul>http://abyss.hubbe.net/fredrik_favs.html
  5. 5. Second Life is a Virtual World With: <ul><li>Doctors, bankers, candlestick makers; </li></ul><ul><li>Builders, workers, dancers, shirkers; </li></ul><ul><li>Churches and homes; gardens and domes; </li></ul><ul><li>Libraries, museums; teachers and beach bums! </li></ul>
  6. 6. Second Life is Growing … <ul><li>From ~2002 to ~2007 … </li></ul>
  7. 7. Who is Already There? Corporate <ul><li>Adidas </li></ul><ul><li>Apple Inc. </li></ul><ul><li>Best Buy </li></ul><ul><li>BMW </li></ul><ul><li>Cisco Systems </li></ul><ul><li>Coca Cola </li></ul><ul><li>Comcast </li></ul><ul><li>Dell </li></ul><ul><li>H&R Block </li></ul><ul><li>IBM </li></ul><ul><li>NBA (basketball, really) </li></ul><ul><li>NBC </li></ul><ul><li>Nissan </li></ul><ul><li>Pontiac </li></ul><ul><li>Reuters </li></ul><ul><li>Sun Microsystems </li></ul><ul><li>Toyota </li></ul><ul><li>The Weather Channel </li></ul><ul><li>Warner Brothers </li></ul><ul><li>… and many more … </li></ul>
  8. 8. Who is Already There? Businesses <ul><li>Map of corporate presence in Second Life from the Kzero blog. (Second Life Brand Map version 1.6) </li></ul>Source: Kzero: Second Life Brand Map: http://www.kzero.co.uk/blog/?page_id=431
  9. 9. Who is Already There? Schools <ul><li>Bowling Green State University </li></ul><ul><li>Columbia University </li></ul><ul><li>Duke University </li></ul><ul><li>Drexel University </li></ul><ul><li>Harvard University </li></ul><ul><li>New York University </li></ul><ul><li>Ohio State University </li></ul><ul><li>Pennsylvania State University </li></ul><ul><li>Princeton </li></ul><ul><li>Stanford University </li></ul><ul><li>SUNY </li></ul><ul><li>Temple University </li></ul><ul><li>UCLA & UC - Berkeley </li></ul><ul><li>University of Cincinnatti </li></ul><ul><li>University of Colorado at Denver Medical Center </li></ul><ul><li>University of Kansas Medical Center </li></ul><ul><li>University of Texas Medical Branch </li></ul><ul><li>University of Tennessee College of Medicine </li></ul><ul><li>Vassar College </li></ul><ul><li>Virginia Tech </li></ul>… and over 100 more. Source: SimTeach: http://tinyurl.com/2fen2s
  10. 10. Who is Already There? Schools <ul><li>Map of colleges and universities with a presence in Second Life from the Kzero blog. (Second Life College Map version 1.6) </li></ul>Source: Kzero: Second Life University Map: http://www.kzero.co.uk/blog/?page_id=551
  11. 11. Why Second Life … <ul><li>Be where the students are </li></ul><ul><li>Engaging our new students </li></ul><ul><li>Immersive environment (you gotta see it to believe it) </li></ul><ul><li>Allows interactive distance education on a level previously unimaginable </li></ul><ul><li>Personal productivity - meetings and more </li></ul><ul><li>Collaboration & simulation & visualization, oh my … </li></ul>
  12. 12. Second Life Now or Later? <ul><li>“ Imagine it’s 1949 and you’re a big brand. Do you NOT participate in TV? Or, it’s 1925. Do you NOT participate in radio?” </li></ul><ul><li>Tuple vs. Kipple. Value of Measuring Engagement. June 7, 2007. </li></ul>
  13. 13. What’s There? Science Center
  14. 14. Who’s There? Nanotech Island
  15. 15. What’s There? Genome Island
  16. 16. Who’s There? ARC Research Center
  17. 17. Who’s There? NMC Research & Life Sciences
  18. 18. Who’s There? NMC Research & Life Sciences
  19. 19. Things to Do: Meetings
  20. 20. Things to Do: Events <ul><li>Images of presenter with slides in front of a conference audience at the Second Life Best Practices in Education annual meeting. </li></ul>
  21. 21. Things to Do: Information
  22. 22. Things to Do: Outreach / Advocacy
  23. 23. Things to Do: Data Visualization
  24. 24. Things to Do: Collaboration <ul><ul><li>Think wiki-types of functionality in visual and 3D spaces </li></ul></ul>
  25. 25. Education <ul><li>Ohio University Second Life Campus </li></ul>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aFuNFRie8wA
  26. 26. Education Ideas <ul><li>Basic sciences </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Interactive anatomical & cellular models </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Class or small group interaction with anatomical avatars </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Communication skills </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Patient history taking </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Problem solving </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cultural competencies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ethical role-playing </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Clinical space design & modeling </li></ul>
  27. 27. Education Ideas <ul><li>Guided discovery </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Treasure hunts </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Exploration </li></ul><ul><li>Construction </li></ul><ul><li>Design </li></ul><ul><li>3D modeling </li></ul><ul><li>Roleplay </li></ul><ul><li>Meetings </li></ul><ul><li>Distance learning </li></ul><ul><li>International teaching </li></ul>
  28. 28. What You Need To Know Beforehand <ul><li>Tech </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Bandwidth </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Hardware </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Screen resolution / Video cards </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Frequent Downloads / Software Updates </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Social & Planning </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The Wednesday Factor </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>(grid is down for upgrades) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Small Groups </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>SLURLS </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Money in SL </li></ul></ul>
  29. 29. <ul><li>Go shopping with a muscle man </li></ul><ul><li>Build a cathedral. Visit with angels, devils, and dragons </li></ul><ul><li>Build a skeleton for a giant, with a beating heart. Teach others how to help. </li></ul><ul><li>Scan an Easter Island statue and import it as a 3D object. </li></ul><ul><li>Explore a coral reef ecosystem -- in high heels. </li></ul><ul><li>Piggyback a ride on Saturn and take tourist pics of the rest of the solar system. </li></ul>“ Your imagination. Your world.”
  30. 30. Starter Resources for Higher Ed SL Education <ul><li>Conklin, Mega S. 101 Uses for Second Life in the College Classroom. http://facstaff.elon.edu/mconklin/pubs/glshandout.pdf </li></ul><ul><li>Open Sledware (Open Courseware in Second Life): http://opensledware.wikispaces.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>Second Life Educators Archives: https://lists.secondlife.com/pipermail/educators/ </li></ul><ul><li>SimTeach Wiki: http://www.simteach.com/wiki/index.php </li></ul>
  31. 31. Starter Resources for SL Science & Research <ul><li>McConaghy, T. Troy. A Sampler of Science in Second Life. Nature Network: http://network.nature.com/blogs/user/U475C43B9/2007/06/17/a-sampler-of-science-in-second-life </li></ul><ul><li>Second Life Research: http://secondliferesearch.blogspot.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>Science & Technology in Second Life: http://scilands.wordpress.com/blog/ </li></ul>
  32. 32. Resources Cited in This Presentation <ul><li>Kzero: Second Life University Map: http://www.kzero.co.uk/blog/?page_id=551 </li></ul><ul><li>Kzero: Second Life Brand Map: http://www.kzero.co.uk/blog/?page_id=431 </li></ul><ul><li>Brandon, John. The 8 Top Corporate Sites in Second Life. Computerworld May 2,2007. http://tinyurl.com/3yzzgk </li></ul><ul><li>Second Life Research: Brand Entry Timeline for the Automotive Industry. http://secondliferesearch.blogspot.com/2007/06/brand-entry-timeline-for-automotive.html </li></ul><ul><li>Tuple vs. Kipple. Value of Measuring Engagement. June 7, 2007. http://blogs.electricsheepcompany.com/joel/?p=21 </li></ul>
  33. 33. Second Life + URLs = SLURLs* <ul><li>ARC Research Center: http://slurl.com/secondlife/ARC%20Research%20Center/78/146/ </li></ul><ul><li>Autistic Liberation Front (ALF): Ahttp://slurl.com/secondlife/Porcupine/50/224/129 </li></ul><ul><li>Center for Water Studies: http://slurl.com/secondlife/Better%20World/77/3/9 </li></ul><ul><li>Danvers State Hospital: http://slurl.com/secondlife/Ryder%20Asylum/130/93/35 </li></ul><ul><li>Edgar Allen Poe House: http://slurl.com/secondlife/Montclair%20State%20CHSS/142/161/19 </li></ul>* Locations Visited in the Making of this Presentation
  34. 34. Second Life + URLs = SLURLs* <ul><li>Epiphany: Anglican Cathedral Project: http://slurl.com/secondlife/Epiphany/91/145/50 </li></ul><ul><li>Genome: http://slurl.com/secondlife/Genome/127/128/48/ </li></ul><ul><li>GNUbie Store: http://slurl.com/secondlife/Indigo/227/42/47 </li></ul><ul><li>ISTE Aquarium: http://slurl.com/secondlife/ISTE%20Island/149/179/749 </li></ul><ul><li>International Spaceflight Museum Spaceport Alpha: http://slurl.com/secondlife/Spaceport%20Alpha/49/77/24 </li></ul><ul><li>Jubjub’s Sculptie Skulls: http://slurl.com/secondlife/Voronezhirkutsk/65/15/97 </li></ul>* Locations Visited in the Making of this Presentation
  35. 35. Second Life + URLs = SLURLs* <ul><li>Nanotechnology Island (coming soon) </li></ul><ul><li>NOAA Weather Map: http://slurl.com/secondlife/Info%20Island%20II/115/204/25 </li></ul><ul><li>NMC: Life Sciences Building: http://slurl.com/secondlife/Research%20Park/129/102/47 </li></ul><ul><li>Ohio University Campus: http://slurl.com/secondlife/ohio%20university/20/36/24 </li></ul><ul><li>Science Center: http://slurl.com/secondlife/Info%20Island%20II/97/206/23 </li></ul>* Locations Visited in the Making of this Presentation
  36. 36. Second Life + URLs = SLURLs* <ul><li>Science School: http://slurl.com/secondlife/Science%20School/177/147/28 </li></ul><ul><li>Underworld Italian Mafia City: http://slurl.com/secondlife/Kumiho/60/84/50 </li></ul><ul><li>UTD Accessibility Island: http://slurl.com/secondlife/UTD%20Accessibility/83/107/32 </li></ul><ul><li>V3 Planetarium: http://slurl.com/secondlife/Silicon%20Island/138/134/39 </li></ul>* Locations Visited in the Making of this Presentation
  37. 37. <ul><li>Want to get started? Come to our next presentation in two weeks! </li></ul>

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