Second Life Happenings: CEO Steps Down (again)

Kapp Notes

Here is what he wrote on the Second Life blog. I don’t think the timing on this is too good from a corporate perspective as articles such as Academics Discuss Mass Migration From Second Life are starting appear due to the elimination of the educational discount once provided to academic and non-profit institutions using Second Life. So, it doesn’t look real good for the future of Second Life.

Questions about Second Life

Kapp Notes

Recently, I received a some really good questions related specifically to Second Life but primarily are about virtual worlds and the use of these worlds for education. I'll answer the questions here since I think they reflect concerns that many educators have related to the social networks and Second Life. 1) Kids use these “places” like Second Life, Facebook, etc. One school doing a lot of "actual work" in the area of Second Life is Ohio State.


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Think Virtual Worlds: Not Second Life

Kapp Notes

Here is this Month's ASTD Big Question: Second Life Training? More specifically: In what situations, do you believe it makes sense to develop a learning experience that will be delivered within Second Life? If you were to develop a training island in Second Life, what kind of environment and artifacts would you consider essential for teaching? But first I want to say that we need to get away from thinking the only 3D learning envrionemnt is Second Life.

Second Life Webinar-Today

Kapp Notes

Today I am presenting a webinar titled " Second Life in Education " for NETWORKS which is is a National Science Foundation Resource Center that is focused on the advancement of semiconductor, automated manufacturing, and electronics education. So today I am going to discuss the basics of Second Life and how it can be used in educational settings effectively. Video showing the educational uses of Second Life created by students. Second Life Books.

A Few More Alternatives to Second Life

Kapp Notes

The Electric Sheep Company, who has built extensive islands in Second Life, has created its own 3D virtual platform. The 3D rendering engine approximates 3D in Flash via the rendering of limited 3D elements and 3D-like avatars combined with the perspective effects of images rendered in the distance. Click here to see more alternatives to Second Life. __ Catalog of Recommended Books, Games and Gadgets Recommended Games and Gadgets Recommended Books Content Guide.

Creating Learning Spaces in Second Life

Kapp Notes

This morning I received an email message from, Fiona, who provided me with a really interesting link to 50 Tips and Tricks to Create a Learning Space in Second Life. Actually, it is really a listing of great SL resources and ideas broken down by different categories such as: Training Purposes --Employers and educators who want to train new hires or test their students can use Second Life in a number of ways.

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Plodding Along in Second Life

Learning Visions

Friday, August 17, 2007 Plodding Along in Second Life In the spirit of plodding along , I had another positive experience in Second Life. Theres a real emotional level to Second Life. If youd like to read more about my adventures in Second Life, check out my first and second visits. Cammie, There has been so much talk about designing learning for Second Life. To answer your second question: Maybe.

Second Life as a Learning Tool

Tony Karrer

Found via Corporate eLearning Strategies and Development A great introduction to using Second Life as a teaching / learning tool. I've said for a while that Second Life offers something interesting in terms of providing a natural "setting" for online sessions, presentations, etc. The hurdles for Second Life are still a little too high for them to become truly mainstream, but would be great for a controlled audience.

Second Life again

Learning with e's

Found an interesting article about Second Life and other MMORPGs and their use for learning today. Several scholars have suggested that massively multiplayer online games (MMOs) such as Everquest and Second Life have educational potential, but we have little data about what happens when such tools are introduced in the classroom. The second course used the game Second Life to teach the fundamentals of video-game design and criticism.

Cost and Effect: Virtual Worlds and Training Budgets

Bottom-Line Performance

However, this does not mean that virtual worlds can’t be the most cost effective solution for a particular training project. Along with other complex simulations or learning games, virtual world learning solutions can be the most effective solution in a variety of situations. IBM uses Second Life for applications like new hire orientation , to systemize the experience employees from all over the world have the same experience.

Learning, KM vs. SM, Information, Web 2.0, and Second Life

Big Dog, Little Dog

Web 2.0 - More Effective for Formal Learning Than For Informal Learning - The Pursuing Performance Blog. Second Life's Second Wind -Forbes. In what tech pundits at Gartner Research call the curve of hype and gloom, Linden Lab's virtual world, Second Life, has officially entered the gloom stage. But Mark Kingdon, Linden Lab's new chief executive argues that Second Life has some life in it yet. Korean Soon Du Bu.

Using Virtual Worlds in the Conspiracy to Create an ah-ha Moment

Kapp Notes

Yesterday, I had the privilege of touring a fascinating project in the 3D virtual immersive environment of Second Life. If you want to gain a glimpse into an effective and exciting way to provide context, experience and learning, this is the place you should check out. My tour guides for the experience were Marty Keltz and Jena Ball who have created a three-dimensional experience engineered to teach about the HIV/AIDS pandemic called The Life and Times of Uncle D.

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

Kapp Notes

Terrence Linden discussing the new Second Life browser at VWBPE conference. The conference took place entirely in the virtual immersive environment of Second Life with a venue of presenters from around the world. Terrence Linden discussing the fact that 60% of top universities are in Second Life. The US Airforce is doing a number of projects in Second Life and actively involving the community.

Learning in 3D Summer 2009: Class Five

Kapp Notes

We started in Second Life and then we went to ProtoSphere and then to Centra and then back to Second Life. We visited the Genome project and the Particle Laboratory in Second Life, both great places and then we went into ProtoSphere to check it out and then we went to learn a little about scripting in Centra and then we went into Second Life to do some scripting. Hillary's page also has other great Second Life information.

Online, en masse

Learning with 'e's

In Second Life , a 3-D multi-user virtual environment (MUVE) which at the time of writing has reached in excess of 8 million subscribers, there is a distinct differential between those SLifers who own land and commodities - the 'residents', and those who are simply ‘visiting’ and making use of these commodities. The traders and the consumers are a reflection of real life, so in effect, in-world experience mirrors our observations of real life.

Learning in 3D Summer 2009: Class Four

Kapp Notes

Class visits the Holocaust Museum in Second Life. Holocaust Museum has some really well done effectives like fire and falling glass. Heather provided a great tutorial on how to build a building within Second Life. Tags: Second Life 3D worlds This class consisted of three different parts. The first part we visited the exhibit at the US Holocaust Museum.

Learning in 3D Summer 2009: Class One

Kapp Notes

Recently, we had our first summer class of the course "Learning in 3D," the class focuses on how to create 3D learning spaces and how to use those spaces effectively to promote learning and to leverage the wonderful attributes of 3D. Disney's Hot Shot Business Club Penguin America's Army River City Project We then discussed some Second Life statistics to see how big that world has become. Tags: Second Life 3D worlds Getting the class together in SL.

Learning in 3D Summer 2009: Class Two

Kapp Notes

Border crossing created in Second Life for use at Loyalist College. We then discussed how 3D learning is a form of storytelling and how learning in third-person might just be a more effective method than learning in first-person. Tags: Second Life 3D worlds This class began with a tour of the border patrol work done by Ken Hudson and others at Loyalist College.

Implementing Learning Interactions Using 3D Metaphors and Ideas from Virtual Worlds

Vikas Joshi on Interactive Learning

In this post, I present some thoughts on how to effectively use 3D metaphors and virtual worlds to enrich content presentation with little effort. Virtual World Ideas for Content Delivery Have you played with Second Life? This software creates a world around you, where you live a life of your choice, make your decisions, explore what is around and just be part of a whole different experience.

Designing a Virtual Immersive Environment for Learning? Some Considerations.

Kapp Notes

Drawing out the learning event helps it function more smoothly and effectively. The step of creating a storyboard helps to ensure that environment that is create encourages the desired learning and that the expensive development process run more effectively because of the visual indication of the process. Tags: Second Life 3D worlds Supervising a construction project.

Virtual World Brainstorming Session

Kapp Notes

When this happens, it allows the learner to more effectively encode the learning for future recall and provides the cues needed to apply the experience from the 3D world to actual on-the-job performance. Tags: Second Life 3D worlds One of the great things about what I do is getting to meet and work with really thoughtful and creative people and the other day, I got a chance to brainstorm with a group of great people on the topic of Virtual World Implementations.

More Advantages of 3D Learning Worlds

Kapp Notes

The second advantage of learning in 3D, and an almost opposite benefit, is 3D virtual worlds allow learners to be immersed in a learning environment as close to the actual performance environment as the learner can get without actually being there. When this happens, it allows the learner to more effectively encode the learning for future recall and provides the cues needed to apply the experience from the 3D world to actual on-the-job performance.

Teaching Higher Order Skills in a Virtual World

Kapp Notes

Running a business in something like Second Life is inexpensive and better way to teach business concepts than having students run an actual business in Real Life with big bucks. The students need to make trade-offs, compromises and synthesize different information to come up with an effective structure and then defend that structure while giving a tour of it. Students standing outside of green building on MSIT island.

Gadgets, Games and Gizmos: Attending an ISTE Meeting in SL

Kapp Notes

Last night I attended my first meeting in Second Life. We heard examples of mock courts, English as a Second Language (ESL) and the creation of ancient cities as well as role-plays. The meeting was, at times, chaotic with many people chatting and, I noticed, Second Life doesn't really have any classroom management features, it is hard to tell who raised their hand first and a little difficult to avoid one person talking over another.

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Multiple identities

Learning with e's

And does my Second Life avatar bear any resemblance to my real life persona at all? This celebrity effect is just one way we see changes in behaviour. But this we do know - everyone is capable of acting out multiple identities - to suit the changing environments and shifting contexts modern life presents. avatar online persona Second Life Flickr FaceBook Real Life digital identityWho am I? What is my online persona?

Immersive learning environments – a great example

The E-Learning Curve

Yeats' 1920 poem "The Second Coming" has an fascinating couplet: Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold; Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world and the first phrase in particular has always resonated with me - and not just with me: "Things fall apart" has appeared in creative works as diverse as Chinua Achebe's eponymous 1958 novel through to an episode of Ugly Betty. Material must be presented in the most effective sequences.

Avoiding Virtual World Mistakes

Kapp Notes

2)An effective virtual world project starts by focusing on the audience's needs and ultimately delivering the technology to support the community of people. A group of avatars in a corporate virtual world wondering what is going on? Organizations seem to rush into virtual worlds with little planning or forethought and then wonder why their virtual world experience was a failure.

The changing Web

Learning with 'e's

More is becoming known about the effects the changing Web is exerting upon teaching and learning. universities delicious blogs Second Life social media schools Twitter Web 2.0 This is number 4 in the series of blog posts entitled 'Shaping Education for the Future.' Yesterday's post can be found at this link. The web is constantly changing.

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Effective Web Conferences – 41 Resources

Tony Karrer

I wanted to follow-up 19 Tips for Effective Online Conferences with some additional resources that relate to this topic. Liveblogging an Online Conference - Experiencing eLearning , April 17, 2008 Wendy Wickham asked a good question in the comments on TCC08: Second Life: Teaching Tips from the Virtual Frontier: Christy - are you using 2 computers (one for blogging, one for the conference ), or just one?

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En masse, online

Learning with e's

In Second Life , a 3-D multi-user virtual environment (MUVE) which at the time of writing has reached in excess of 8 million subscribers, there is a distinct differential between those SLifers who own land and commodities, and those who are simply ‘visiting’ and making use of these commodities. The traders and the consumers are a reflection of real life, so in effect, in-world experience mirrors our observations of real life.

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We are not lost

Learning with e's

We have handheld devices such as the Nintendo Wii , and sites such as Second Life which offer us a semblance of immersive experience sans the headset devices and much vaunted VR systems we heard so much about in the 90s. VR headset versions are being used in a variety of learning contexts such as military training, but how effective are they? Sanders stepped up onto the second walker pad and brought the headset down from the ceiling.

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TCC09: Wikis that Work: Effective Wiki Practices for Virtual Learning Communities

Experiencing eLearning

They effectively managed issues of trust, workload, and learning within their social network. Second Life) very low. Wiki Wiki. Liveblogged notes from the TCC online conference. My notes in italics. In this session, we will share a collaborative wiki created by a self-organized, self-managed group of online graduate students. This virtual learning community took the initiative to form a study group and share strategies for completing course problem-solving assignments.

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En masse, online

Learning with 'e's

In Second Life , a 3-D multi-user virtual environment (MUVE) which at the time of writing has reached in excess of 8 million subscribers, there is a distinct differential between those SLifers who own land and commodities, and those who are simply ‘visiting’ and making use of these commodities. The traders and the consumers are a reflection of real life, so in effect, in-world experience mirrors our observations of real life.

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How will MOOCs and SPOCs effect the eLearning world?

Unicorn Training

The term was first used in relation to a 2008 course called Connectivism and Connective Knowledge, which consisted of 25 fee-paying students and over 2200 online students who took the course for free via RSS feeds, Moodle discussions and Second Life meetings. But what effect will MOOCs and SPOCs have on the eLearning world? How have they effected your learning experience?

My History of Live Blogged Notes

Experiencing eLearning

Attract Students’ Attention in 30 Seconds or Less. Digital Learning Environments: Context Sensitive and Imaginative Classes in Second Life. Second Life: Teaching Tips from the Virtual Frontier. Why Do We Need A Second Life? Wikis that Work: Effective Wiki Practices for Virtual Learning Communities. When I attend webinars or participate in online courses and conferences, I usually live blog my notes.

The Rise and Fall of 3D Learning – Lessons from Real Implementations

Learning Cafe

Second Life in particular had caught the imaginations of several different groups within our large global organization. Having seen its stupendous success with assorted conferences and meetings, various teams worldwide began exploring Second Life, and its applications in Learning. It did not help, that moving around the 3D world and ‘looking’ at certain points was still a clumsy affair with Second Life.

Decided to get Mooc'ed

Moodle Journal

The course: - Second Life MOOC ran from April 1 to 30 2014. The theme was connecting online for collaborative learning and teaching through Second Life. I was also pleased to see that Moodle was being used for asynchronous work with the synchronous side of things handled by WizIQ & Second Life. Having read about them.

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Fourth Summer 2012 Learning in 3D Class

Kapp Notes

We built models of the 3D learning process in the virtual world of Second Life under the careful watch of our host, Stylianos Mystakidis, it was great to have him help conduct the class and provide the students with an interactive exercise that included all four Macrostructures. How effective for learning was building the model in 3D? We had a wonderful learning experience in this week’s class.

As virtual environments merge

Moodle Journal

The arrival of shared media in Second Life, has meant among other things, that I can now give access to our vle and all its facilities to students from inside the virtual world. The effect of this is producing not only a merging of the two virtual environments, but also my two blogs it would seem, and so I post a link to this latest article on Shimmer-Island from here.

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Jane Bozarth: Better than Bullet Points

Learning Visions

Effective design using PPT as a tool. Organize: outlines headings graphics structure text (compare/contrast, cause/effect, classification order/sequence) Integrate: illustrations with captions animation with narration worked-out examples elaborative questions Take all of the info and make better sense of it for the learner. “Effective design is done when there’s nothing left to take out.&# [not that you’ve found a way to put more stuff in.]

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