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Second Life Seminar. Dean L. Zeller Dr. Paul S. Wang (advisor) Department of Computer Science Kent State University. Outline. Demonstrate usefulness of Second Life in: Computer Science Education Nurse training simulation Motivation Current research projects.

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second life seminar

Second Life Seminar

Dean L. Zeller

Dr. Paul S. Wang (advisor)

Department of Computer Science

Kent State University

  • Demonstrate usefulness of Second Life in:
    • Computer Science
    • Education
    • Nurse training simulation
  • Motivation
  • Current research projects
virtual world interface
Virtual World Interface
  • Gaming industry virtual worlds
    • World of Warcraft
    • Call of Duty
    • Matrix Online
  • Virtual worlds could be the next interface change for the WWW.
  • It will benefit the educational community to explore virtual worlds as an educational medium.
  • “Old school” web pages could become passé .
about second life
About Second Life
  • Based on an idea within Show Crash, by Neal Stephenson (1992).
  • 13,000,000 unique accounts.
  • Business conducted through Linden Dollars (US$1  L$300).
  • Instant messaging and item sharing.
  • Virtual meetings and classrooms.
  • SL is not a game.
second life encourages
Second Life encourages…
  • Creativity and imagination
  • Collaboration (in real time)
  • Experimentation
  • Social networking
  • Immersive learning environment
  • Development of spatial cognitive skills
  • Event driven programming
  • Negative aspects:
    • User interface problems
    • Addiction/escape from reality
popular culture references
Popular Culture References
  • Daily Show, with Jon Stewart. Segment on Avatar Heroes.
  • ANIMA, by Dalian Hansen. First work of fiction based in SL
  • The Last Testament, by Sam Bourne. SL plays part in story.
  • Second Life song, by Sheldon Tarsha.
  • British comedian Jimmy Carr performed a virtual show in SL on February 3, 2007.
  • SL girls rated #95 on Maxim’s Top 100 Hottest Females of 2007.
  • Law and Order: Special Victims Unit episode parodies SL in episode “Avatar”.
  • CSI NY episode: used SL to locate suspect in episode “Down the Rabbit Hole” on October 24, 2007.
  • The Office episode: Dwight Shrute creates a virtual world within SL, called Second Second Life in episode “Local Ad” on October 25, 2007.
  • Beyond the Void, a rock group touring the SL grid.
  • The Darkest Evening of the Year, by Dean Koontz, one of the antagonists is a private detective who lives vicariously through his SL avatar (released November 27, 2007).
current sl research projects
Current SL research projects
  • Second Life workshop and curriculum
    • KSU Research Center for Educational Technology (RCET)
    • Expand workshop into semester-long special topics class
  • Mathematics education manipulatives
    • Web-based Mathematics Education team (WME), Department of Computer Science
    • 3DLogo programming interface
  • Nurse training simulation
    • KSU College of Nursing (COL)
    • Welcome center
    • Training facility
nurse training simulation col
Nurse Training Simulation (COL)
  • Movie from Tacoma Community College (John Miller RN)

This research is Sponsored by the Research Center for Educational Technology (RCET), the Web-based Mathematics Education (WME) team, and the College of Nursing (COL) at Kent State University.

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  • Second Life stats
  • Competitors
sl productive businesses
SL: Productive Businesses

PMLF: Positive Monthly Linden Flow

sl size of world
SL: Size of world
  • Currently at a billion square meters, or approximately 400 square miles (20mi20mi)
google s lively
Google’s Lively
  • Released 07-09-08
  • Web-based
  • Cartoony-feeling
qwaq forums
Qwaq Forums
  • Focused on professional collaboration rather than entertainment
  • People can work on documents within forum.