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For Education Part 1 DSU Faculty Development November 14, 2008. Risë L. Smith, Karl E. Mundt Library Dakota State University. WOW vs. SL.
Risë L. Smith, Karl E. Mundt Library
Dakota State University
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“During one recent lecture, people from all over the world came to hear a scientist from Royal Holloway, University of London, talk about climate change. …[These] ‘mixed world’ events, gatherings that take place simultaneously in SL and real life, remove many of the long-standing barriers in science communication. ‘Chances are, the scientist would never have traveled all over the world to talk about his work, and nobody from South Carolina would have traveled such a great distance to listen to him,’ Scott says.”
-- can create simulations of RL (real life) locations, events, and processes
-- “Robert Amme, a physicist at the University of Denver, has a laboratory in Second Life…. There his avatar double, Dr. Bob Vandeverre, is building a virtual nuclear reactor to help train the next generation of environmental engineers on how to deal with nuclear waste.” Science News, 4/24/2008
--SLExchangetakes payment in Lindens or US dollars, delivers goods to person’s avatar, and pays vendor who is selling the goods.
--Real world companies are marketing in Second Life with storefronts for SL communities
--Established businesses like IBM have firewalled campuses for employee training, meetings, mixers
e.g., support groups for chronic diseases; established organizations like
American Cancer Society are present; Virtual Ability Island
M2 : Metaverse Messenger, 26 Aug 2008,
Scan this list to get an overview of the variety of ways SL is being used for education.
Elon University, Dept of Computing Sciences. Last updated: February 25, 2007
Conklin describes key elements of teaching in Second Life and provides examples from various disciplines.
http://www.sl-educationblog.org/ Provides wide range of information, including technical tips (e.g., how to use a YouTube video within SL)
http://secondlifegrid.net/programs/education Information provided by Linden Labs
Provides tutorials for creating things in Second Life.
Education tools and where to get them
NOTE: SLURLS are web addresses that take you into Second Life to a specific location.
http://slurl.com/secondlife/Info%20Island/54/202/37 Explore teaching tools.