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Linden Labs Raising Prices But Extending Discount for Current Users

Kapp Notes

As you may know, Linden, on October 4th, announced a plan to raise prices for educational and non-profit users of Second Life and not a little increase, a whopping doubling of the previous discount. Of course there was a backlash and so Linden has offered up a temporary solution, one which will bring in monies in the short term and help educators and non-profits to “buy more time&# at the discounted rate: Here is a “mass email&# sent to education users from Linden. You will be able to select contract renewal options of 6, 12, 18 or 24 months under these terms.

Volatility in 3D Virtual World Industry

Kapp Notes

See Change is under way at ThinkBalm Linden Labs announces layoffs, appears to be contemplating shuttering Enterprise Edition efforts. it looks as though Linden Labs, the developers behind Second Life, may be downsizing their corporate efforts ( Second Life Enterprise Edition ). Two sources indicate that Linden may actually be shutting down their Enterprise operations.

e-Clippings (Learning As Art): New Numbers and New Transparency from Linden Lab/Second Life

Mark Oehlert

It certainly isnt Linden Labs responsibility to entertain you - that has never been their business model, all they have done is provide a 3D virtual world development platform where the only limitation (outside of number of prims) to what you can create is your own vision. think this is great - this raises the bar for other online experiences that tout membership or registration numbers.

Beth Goza (Linden Labs) showing off Second Life

Corporate eLearning Strategies and Development

Beth Goza (Linden Labs) showing off Second Life Originally uploaded by JoshB. Fellow Intel blogger Josh Bancroft, tinyscreensful.com, is at Gnomedex06. I'm very jealous. He has been blogging the event like crazy and I feel like I'm there. I was happy to here that SecondLife was there and thought you all might enjoy this.

Cool Second Life Happening:UW VIBE Future InfoExpo Recruitment

Kapp Notes

As a token of appreciation, the first 300  [JM 5/111] individuals who volunteer to participate will be thanked with a gift of Linden dollars up to L$1800 (approximately US$7). Have you ever had trouble sorting your stuff? Would you like to know who in SL might be a good social connection for you? Need to solve a problem, but don’t know how to organize the information? Researchers from the University of Washington Information School are conducting a research study investigating exciting and useful alternative capabilities for Second Life. to 4:00 p.m. June 25, 2011, from 10:00 a.m.

Vale Joe Miller

Clark Quinn

He continued to have an impact, leading some of the major initiatives of Linden Labs as they went open source and met some challenging technical issues while negotiating cultural change to take down barriers.  He ended up at SportVision, where he was beginning to help them understand they were not about information, but insight. Unfortunately, This is a name you’re not likely to know, but I can’t let his passing go without comment. To make a long story short, initially I reported to Sky, but ultimately he moved on and I began to report to the CEO, Joe, directly.

Learnlets » Virtual World Learning

Clark Quinn

Learning and economies

Learning and Working on the Web

Greg Linden, Jason Dedrick and Kenneth Kramer of the University of California, Irvine, look at the jobs created by the old faithful iPod. Linden and his colleagues reckon that US workers earned more than two-thirds of all the wages paid to workers in the iPod value chain. Tweet Here are some of the insights and observations that were shared via Twitter this past week. Of course.

e-Clippings (Learning As Art): Mark is very late to the virtual worlds big news about SL and IBM.

Mark Oehlert

The good news is that Second Life ne Linden Lab, has announced a partnership with IBM to "develop new technologies and methodologies based on open standards that will help advance the future of 3D virtual worlds." e-Clippings (Learning As Art) Home Archives Subscribe About My Social Networks « Tell me something.about conferences. " Yea! Coverage from CNN Money. So yes.

Recent Second Life Happenings: Going Corporate

Kapp Notes

Some interesting things are going on with the folks over at Linden Labs , the developers of the virtual immersive environment of Second Life. First, they are sponsoring a contest called The 2010 Linden Prize. This annual award is intended to align with Linden Lab’s company mission, which is to connect all people to an online world that advances the human condition.

Talking eLearning ROI

Web Courseworks

In an ASAE article titled When Good Project Pitches go Bad, Tate Linden provides some basic truths that you need to keep in mind when crafting your pitch : First, few people in decision-making roles enjoy being told what to think. Are you an eLearning expert with an excellent idea for a new initiative or online education program? Admit What You Don’t Know (Find a Bookkeeper Friend).

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Gadgets, Games and Gizmos: Learning about Second Life

Kapp Notes

As the online economy grows within Second Life, their are many chances to make money and contribute within the Second Life envrionment (as an instructor for example.) If you aren't sure how big this "fad" is or how the economy works in Second Life, check out some of these interesting Second Life statistics courtesy of CNNMoney.com. (a Linden is the currency of Second Life) -1.86

e-Clippings (Learning As Art): Voice Coming to Second Life

Mark Oehlert

Here are three scenarios that Linden puts out there: Scenario 1 - Residents can teleport to voice-enabled land, andautomatically start speaking, with the volume of speech modifiedaccording to their spatial relationship with others. e-Clippings (Learning As Art) Home Archives Subscribe About My Social Networks « My Blog is Worth $66, 615.72 (any buyers??) | Main | Google and MSFT to Clash Over Copyrights » March 08, 2007 Voice Coming to Second Life Geez.finally right? According to this press release , Voice will be coming to Second Life in Q2 of 2007. del.icio.us

Second Life CEO Resigns, Founder Back in Charge

Kapp Notes

Event This just in: Linden Labs, the creator of the 3D virtual world Second Life has announced that company founder Philip Rosedale has been named interim CEO and that Mark Kingdon is stepping down as CEO. This comes just a short time after Linden Labs announced a layoff of 30 percent of its staff. This is part of the natural churn within any tech industry and because Linden Labs and Second Life is the biggest player in the space, events like this get a lot of press. think that I can be a great help and a strong leader in that process.

Embedding social learning into texts and enterprise software

Jay Cross

He ran Michael Milken’s Knowledge Universe Interactive Studio before he became VP, Platform & Technology for Second Life at Linden Labs. Learning is social. Business is social. People are social. So why are so many of the forays into learning technology anti-social? Friday afternoon I had a delightful conversation with a kindred spirit, Joe Miller. Joe has been marrying people, technology, and learning since the early days. He worked on the PLATO system for Control Data. He did early stuff with Atari, EPYX, SEGA, and Leapfrog. Learning. Give personalized suggestions to users.

Online Educa Berlin 2011 recap

Challenge to Learn

It is always great to walk underneath the Brandenburger Tor and see the great avenue ‘Unter den Linden’. Last week I visited the Online Educa in Berlin. I’m sorry to say that I’m not a big fan. When you compare it to conferences like Learning Solutions and DevLearn it really comes out bad. In Berlin I met with Christopher Benz (he is in charge of online events of the ELearning guild) and we spoke about the differences of an eLearning guild conference (like Learning Solutions and DevLearn) and the online Educa. People have virtual contact during all the time.

Second Life Take Over Rumors.

Kapp Notes

So while I haven't seen any official notice or indication that Linden Labs is shopping around Second Life or that anyone is purchasing the product, the rumors do seem to be adding up. Most of the time rumors are based on some shred of truth so.perhaps Linden is shopping around Second Life? Here is an interesting rumor and a potentially large game-changer in the virtual world space. It is rumored at the web site metaverselyspeaking web site that News Corp might be taking over Second Life. Here is a quote from the article. found after their acquisition of MySpace.

Interesting Developments in 3D Learning and Collaboration Space

Kapp Notes

First, it looks as though Linden Labs, the developers behind Second Life, may be downsizing their corporate efforts ( Second Life Enterprise Edition ). Two sources indicate that Linden may actually be shutting down their Enterprise operations. The story seems to have broken in a number of places, Virtual Worlds News reports that Linden Lab Lays Off 30 Perfect Of Staff. Additionally, sources inside the industry indicate that Linden seems to be more focused on its customer-focused 3D environment than its business-to-business efforts. This can't be making IBM happy.

Big Virtual World Event on the Horizon

Kapp Notes

GLOBAL CONFERENCE IN SECOND LIFE® TO SHOWCASE THE POWER OF VIRTUAL WORLDS TO TRANSFORM EDUCATION 2010 Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education Conference (March 12-13): Featured Address by Mark Kingdon, CEO of Linden Lab® 48-Hour Event Expected to Attract 5,000+ Attendees and over 150 Presentations from Around the World March 4, 2010 -- Pioneers in the creation of innovative uses of virtual worlds in education, training, business, military and cultural spheres will come together in Second Life® to celebrate “Imagination Around The World” (March 12-13).

CAC: Penn State-Bart Pursel

Kapp Notes

Bart gave a list of different 3D worlds and provided a great comparison between a Internet Service Provider and Linden Labs (the company behind Second Life.) Bart Pursel of Virtual Learning Worlds and an alumni of our program presented on Virtual Worlds. For example an island is analogous to a server.

Second Life Making an Announcement Tomorrow (actually today)?

Kapp Notes

Here is a little email intercept I received from an unnamed source (ok, it's from Snickers' Doodles in her post Linden Lab to announce Viewer 2 beta tomorrow which she received in-world from Pink Linden. Hello SL Merchants: We wanted to give you an early heads-up on a big piece of news because we greatly value our relationship with you and this community. Tomorrow, at SL Pro! link] Tom Hale, our Chief Product Officer will announce the availability of the next generation of Second Life viewers—Viewer 2 Beta. And, if you Twitter, then use the #SLViewer2 hash tag.

Second Life Happenings: CEO Steps Down (again)

Kapp Notes

Yesterday, Philip Linden (AKA: Philip Rosedale ) stepped down as CEO of Linden Labs (yes again). Bob will lead Linden Lab while we conduct the search. He has done this before and then come back. He is staying on the board but not running day-to-day operations. Here is what he wrote on the Second Life blog. You can find the original here. Absolutely not. Its just the way it is.

VenueGen Announces 3D Meetings for "Everyone"

Kapp Notes

It has been described as a lot more than Cisco’s WebEx meeting platform, and a lot less than Linden Labs’ Second Life virtual world. A man and his avatar. Virtual world provider, VenueGen , recently came out of private Beta to a public Beta (whatever that means) and loudly announced their virtual meeting platform. They call it both visually appealing and easy to use. You just need a browser.

Learning in 3D Summer 2009: Class Five

Kapp Notes

Visit Hillary Mason's AutoScript page to create your own Second Life scripts without having to know anything about the Linden Scripting Language. Scripting tips from Matt. This week's class was a whirl wind of different platforms. We started in Second Life and then we went to ProtoSphere and then to Centra and then back to Second Life. The class checks out the particle lab.

Learning in a Virtual World

Moodle Journal

On Saturday 17th of Feb at 5pm I will begin hosting some presentation trials that will be looking at the Linden Script, that’s the language in SL, and comparing it with other main stream computer languages. Just lately a lot of my time has been taken up with Second Life, if you have yet to try virtual worlds then let me recommend the experience. My principle reason for the whole venture is to see how this new semi-immersed virtual reality can be utilised for teaching and learning, even as an extension to our continuing work with Moodle.

Virtual World Research Needs Your Help

Kapp Notes

If you desire, payment may be made in Linden dollars (L$),e.g., US$20 is currently worth about L$5200. Some colleauges of mine have asked me to forward on this important announcement about Second Life Research. Participate in a study that examines the experiences of individuals collaborating in virtual environments. For participating you will receive US$20.

The day after Online Educa

Jay Cross

Ellen Wagner, Clark Quinn, and I hopped on the U-bahn, and headed to the German Historical Museum on Under den Linden. We walked up Unter den Linden and caught the U-bahn to Potsdamer Platz for supper. We stopped along the way for glog and gluhwein. It’s biting cold outside. The Christmas Markets are utterly charming. Unfortunately, no photography. We got hooked. Trevelyan.

I Have Seen the Future of Conferences.and it is 3D!

Kapp Notes

Terrence Linden discussing the new Second Life browser at VWBPE conference. As Marty said to me, "the conference is rolling a long with record breaking attendance." I was in a session with Terrence Linden (SL) that had over 70 attendees and the session that Tony O'Driscoll (RL) and I conducted had about that many attendees as well. Here we are gathering around the camp fire.

Effective Web Conferences – 41 Resources

Tony Karrer

Kapp Notes , March 15, 2010 Terrence Linden discussing the new Second Life browser at VWBPE conference. I wanted to follow-up 19 Tips for Effective Online Conferences with some additional resources that relate to this topic. primarily used the eLearning Learning and Communities and Networks sites and used Conference , Online Facilitation of Conferences , Online Interaction in Conferences , Moderating Online Interaction , and others. When developing PowerPoint slides to use in web conference training follow these guidelines: Simplify content. Below are some helpful tips. It’s a guess why.

A Lot Happening in the 3D Space

Kapp Notes

Linden Labs, makers of Second Life, announce the list of the Top Ten: 2010 Linden Prize Finalists. Last week a lot of 3D news occurred, here is a round up of some of the highlights: I stopped by the ASTD booth of Digitell, Inc. and met James A. Parker, the President, who said his booth was buzzing the entire conference and a lot of people were interested in 3D webinars. Digitell is company that owns VirtualU a 3D virtual immersive environment that has been used for everything from meetings to rock concerts. Learn more about their 3D solution here. Stronger ROI.

Second Life and us

Learning with e's

The grant runs until next July, and we have molto-Linden Dollars to spend on the installation. We're really excited! We have just been notified that we have been awarded a free land grant in Second Life to set up our own university health education centre. Hope you can join us - see you in Second Life! Posted by Steve Wheeler from Learning with e's.

Second Life.Its Synchronous

Kapp Notes

Although Linden Labs disputs that finding. Second Life has come under a lot of attack recently because "it's empty." One especially hard hitting article How Madison Avenue Is Wasting Millions on a Deserted Second Life complained that "there's the question of what people do when they get there. Once you put in several hours flailing around learning how to function in Second Life, there isn't much to do." Then the Yankee group made a statement that the average person in Second Life only spends 12 minutes a month in world.

A whole new world

E-Learning Provocateur

Its currency is the Linden Dollar (L$) which avatars can use to buy virtual goods and even virtual property. Linden Dollars are bought with real money and can be exchanged back again. The corporate sector is exploring a whole new world. Which world? The virtual world. What is a virtual world? Arguably the best known virtual world today is Second Life. As of 7 July 2008, L$265 = US$1.

Second Life Gets All Corporate'y.Finally?

Mark Oehlert

What we have are multiple channels ( Virtual World News , Massively ), including official ones from River Runs Red and Linden Lab , bringing us the news that Immersive Workspaces 2.0 How about "Second Life gets its suit on!"? "? "Hey, Its take your virtual world to work day!"? "? "Your avatar got so drunk at the holiday party.?" has launched.

Course Authoring and Rapid eLearning Tool Satisfaction

Tony Karrer

XStream Software Linden Research, Inc. I don't know if I've seen this reported by the eLearningGuild , but their reports showed some interesting information about satisfaction levels reported by members on course authoring and rapid eLearning tool satisfaction levels. Unfortunately, my blog is not wide enough for these images, so click on the image to go to a page with the full size image.

It's a Virtual World!

eContent

As a fyi, the panel included Philip Rosedale, President of Linden Labs (owner of Second Life), and Dr William Parris, a vice-president of IBM. (my thanks to some co-workers who keyed me in about the webcast and The Sentinel Last month, a pioneer of "true" science fiction died, Sir Arthur C. Clarke. read his short story, The Sentinel (concept idea for 2001, A Space Odyssey).

Getting Started in Second Life (JISC)

Dont Waste Your Time

Second Life is described as "a free 3D multi-user virtual world developed by Linden Labs in 2003, and is inhabited by millions of residents across the world. I've not spent any time with Second Life so I know I am not in any position to pass judgement on it, but I have this 'fear' of such a large virtual world. read lots of posts on blogs and Twitter about the pitfalls of using it, but every now and again I find something that raises my spirits. Teaching in these environments feels more like running an event than simply using a piece of software.  Second Life.