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Out-genning the net generation: Second Life as a learning environment. Vicki Cormie / Ishbel Hartmann St Andrews University Lyn Parker / Maggie Kohime Sheila Webber / Sheila Yoshikawa University of Sheffield March 2008 LILAC. Outline. Introductions Session structure & goals

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Out genning the net generation second life as a learning environment

Out-genning the net generation: Second Life as a learning environment

Vicki Cormie / Ishbel Hartmann

St Andrews University

Lyn Parker / Maggie Kohime

Sheila Webber /Sheila Yoshikawa

University of Sheffield

March 2008

LILAC


Outline
Outline environment

  • Introductions

  • Session structure & goals

  • Second Life: some basics

  • Our joint teaching

  • Inworld activity OR (if SL is playing up) more presentations…..


Introductions
Introductions environment

Vicki

Ishbel

Lyn

Maggie

Sheila


Structure for sl activity
Structure for SL activity environment

  • Divide into groups, according to amount of SL experience & preference

    • 1 group being helped with the basics

    • 1 discussion group

    • Tour/ activity

  • Goals for session vary depending on which group you are in: overall, to know more about SL and its possibilities/ constraints

  • Base for activity will be Infolit iSchool


Second life
Second Life environment


Second life1
Second Life environment

  • 3-D Online Digital world, owned by Linden Labs

  • Most things created by SL residents: SL fashion designers, architects, bakers, animal makers ….

  • Avatars- 3D representation of yourself – free to signup and can live on freebies, but need Linden dollars if want to own land, buy clothes etc.

  • Communication through text chat, Voice and Instant Messaging


Issues
Issues environment

  • Need broadband and good computer with right graphics card

  • Have to upgrade software often

  • Learning curve in basics of movement & communication inworld

  • Personal concerns about SL

  • Technical constraints on numbers of avatars

  • Firewalls, IT centres’ refusals to install SL


Our work in sl
Our work in SL environment


Inquiry in sl
Inquiry in SL environment

  • Compulsory activity (feeding into assignment) for 1st year BSc Information Management students in (core) Information Literacy class (20 students)

  • Aim to deepen engagement with subject & class & part of induction into research: in Semester 2 they undertake their own IM mini-projects

  • Students undertaking critical incident interviews with SL residents (a time when they had an information need relating to a SL activity) in SL itself

  • Students analysed transcripts in relation to models of RL information behaviour + audit interview technique for assessment (about 40% of a 20 credit module)


  • No student had used virtual world before (nb SL main grid is 18+ only)

  • Developing basic skills

  • Developing interviewing skills in Real Life and SL

  • Learning about information behaviour in RL and SL

  • Sheila is module coordinator; Vicki & Lyn involved in inworld activities

  • N.B. Also discussions and networking activities


Infolit ischool
Infolit iSchool 18+ only)

  • Successful bid to Centre for Inquiry based Learning in the Arts and Social Sciences to fund island for a year

  • Island delivered early October; started teaching that month

  • Venues for discussion, reflection, chilling: aim to create a relaxing/ welcoming environment

  • Some food/play areas

  • “Build” area left emptyto allow practice/ exhibition/ experimentation

  • Teaching, discussions


Sheila Webber 18+ only)

[email protected]

http://information-literacy.blogspot.com/

Sheila Yoshikawa

http://adventuresofyoshikawa.blogspot.com/

Lyn Parker

[email protected]

Vicki Cormie

[email protected]


Facts and figures
Facts and figures 18+ only)

  • SL made up of Regions ( “mainland”) or islands, each 65,536 sqm

  • 3,952 regions on Mainland (slmaps.com) + 12,000 islands

  • 12million avatars (probably a lot less individual people): about 55,000 inworld simultaneously

  • Currency is Linden dollars ( £1= c. L$450): 16,850,580 Linden exchanged in December; 28 Jan spent Spent US$1,436,000

  • 341,791 customers spent money inworld in December 2007; 50,000 users had positive Linden flow in Dec

http://secondlife.com/whatis/economy_stats.php


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