Tuesday, November 25, 2014

2014 EDU: BIZ: Need online courses for professional development or continuing education? A study

Need online courses for professional development
or continuing education? A study
The purpose of the study is to determine the efficacy of designing outcomes-based online professional development and continuing education courses for adult learners.
  • Many professions require continuing education courses.
  • To advance in a profession people may need professional development courses.
  • Such people may find online courses attractive.  
  • Study at home, on your own time schedule.
  • People in virtual worlds would surely be interested in such online courses.  
  • If the courses fit their needs.   
  • If you need courses of this kind,
  • Dr. Leticia De León, Associate Professor 
  • in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction 
  • at The University of Texas-Pan American 
  • asks that you respond to a survey
  • to tell about your needs.
  • The survey should take no more than 5-10 minutes to complete.

Monday, November 24, 2014

2014 OPENSIM: OSCC, OpenSimulator Community Conference, exhibits (2)

OpenSimulator Community Conference
exhibits and notes 
The OpenSimulator Community Conference is an annual conference that focuses on the developer and user community of OpenSimulator software. Organized as a joint production by AvaCon and the Overte Foundation, the virtual conference features two days of presentations, workshops, keynote sessions, and social events across diverse sectors of the OpenSimulator user base.
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OSCC had so many interesting exhibits I had to break them up into two parts to report on them.  Here is part two.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

2014 EDU: Immersive Teaching and Learning Environments. UT at El Paso

Immersive Teaching and Learning Environments.  
University of Texas at El Paso
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Academic Technologies (AT) at The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) is a client-centered, project-based department that creates, facilitates, and/or integrates technology solutions for teaching and learning at UTEP. 
This includes consulting with faculty about instructional design and curriculum development using technology, workshops and academies on all aspects of teaching and learning with technology, software programming, graphic design, digital media and database production, learner-centered online and face to face classroom design, and multimodal, multi-delivery (tech-enhanced, hybrid and fully online) teaching and learning.

Friday, November 21, 2014

2014 HYPERGRID: EDU: Pirate's Atoll: Hypergrid hub? Travel for the hypergrid generation

Pirate's Atoll:  Hypergrid hub?  
About connections in the Hypergrid  
Pirate's Atoll makes full use of the hypergrid.  Visitors are to arrive by Hypergrid.  And lots of hypergrid destinations are offered on signs.  There may be a direct arrival route for registered residents, but little reason for use by the Hypergrid generation. 
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  • Hypergrid address: Paste the line below into the viewer's address or map bar:
  • piratesatoll.com:9032:pirates atoll
  • If you are just entering the hypergrid generation, remember to press enter.
  • Web page: Pirate’s Atoll on the hypergrid
  • Tortuga (Haiti) 

Thursday, November 20, 2014

2014 STAGE: SHAKESPEARE BY REQUEST-- A.R.T. Friday, Nov, 21stm 5pm SLT

SHAKESPEARE BY REQUEST
The people have spoken! Join us tonight and enjoy some inspiring command performances from the works of the Bard as presented by our Company members.  Works from the Shakespearean canon being represented include: TWELFTH NIGHT, MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, HENRY V, HAMLET, and more.
  • SHAKESPEARE BY REQUEST
  • Friday Nov. 21. at 5 pm SLT
  • Live theater, presented in voice
  • Free.  Donations welcomed.

Cast

  • Ada Radius
  • MadamThespian Underhill
  • Corwyn Allen
  • Kayden Oconnell
  • Caledonia Skytower 
For announcements about Avatar Repertory Theater (ART) and ART Plays Around, Join  this Google+ Community: 

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

2014 HELP: WRITE: NPCs (Non-Player Characters): for video and stage productions. AMP notes

NPCs (Non-Player Characters): 
for video and stage productions
AMP notes
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These are not avatars
  • They are Non-Player Characters (NPCs)
  • The look like avatars.
  • They animate and pose like avatars.
  • They are made from avatars.
  • They can be stand-ins for avatars.
  • They can be body-doubles for avatars.
  • The can even replace avatars if they don't have to talk or move a lot.
  •  For video production, they can cut the number of real people needed by 50% or more
  •  They use OSSL functions, only available in OpenSim Scripting Language.
If you are working in Opensim, this article tells you how to start using them

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

2014 HELP: OPENSIM: OSSL adds functions to LSL: threat levels control misuse

OSSL adds functions to LSL: threat levels
in OpenSim Operating System control misuse
OpenSimulator uses Linden Scripting Language in the same way as does Second Life.   But the OpenSimulator devs have added more functions, creating a second language, OSSL.  OSSL allows some functions that could be harmful if used carelessly or with malicious intent.   OSSL manages such functions by limiting who can use them. Here is what you need to know to work with such functions. 

What does that mean to a user?

  • Your objects with threat functions may get error messages in some places.
  • You may need to be a region or parcel owner to execute them in those places.
  • Or you may just need to be in the parcel group or an estate manager.
  • Threat function limits are controlled by grid operators, can vary across grids

Monday, November 17, 2014

2014 OPENSIM: ART: Kitely places. Vector's Vortex. Visual poetry

Kitely places. Vector's Vortex. Visual poetry
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A poetic view of the Cosmos. By Karima Hoisan and Natascha Randt.
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Sunday, November 16, 2014

2914 BIZ: VIDEO: loz Hyde, 3D designer, The Drax Files

loz Hyde, 3D designer, The Drax Files
Although 3D designer loz Hyde has a creative day job - he is getting paid to breathe digital life into Hollywood blockbusters such as Terminator and Guardians of the Galaxy - the user-created universe of Second Life holds a special place in his heart: "People have tried to analyze why SL is so successful and yes, the environments are beautiful, but I am more touched by the people!"

Among his many contributions to the community of colorful avatars is the now iconic "Arcade" building, which is inspired by the Brighton Pier in loz' native England. The Arcade in SL serves as a beloved destination for many residents during the Gacha series of events. 
loz Hyde runs the "Meshworx" store in Second Life, where he sells his unique furniture and buildings to a global userbase.

Friday, November 14, 2014

2014 OPENSIM: OSCC, OpenSimulator Community Conference, exhibits (1)

OpenSimulator Community Conference
exhibits and notes 
The OpenSimulator Community Conference is an annual conference that focuses on the developer and user community of OpenSimulator software. Organized as a joint production by AvaCon and the Overte Foundation, the virtual conference features two days of presentations, workshops, keynote sessions, and social events across diverse sectors of the OpenSimulator user base.
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OSCC had so many interesting exhibits I had to break them up into two parts to report on them.  Here is part one.
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