Wednesday, February 12, 2014

2014 EDU: KITELY: Educational resources for virtual worlds: Free. Universal Campus

Educational resources for virtual worlds: 
Universal Campus, Kitely
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Free prefab campus with classrooms, amphitheaters, and other things typical of a university campus. Creative commons license.
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Entry point 
Avatars, teleport, classrooms
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Entry point, reverse view
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I find that the Frames Per Second (FPS) is unreasonably low when I have the camera on the big classroom  building in the first picture, but rises to normal when I put the camera on the reverse view.  Thus I suspect that the big classroom building puts a big load on the system.
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Big classroom building
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More classrooms than you can use.  And you don't need classrooms in a virtual world.  But you can delete the whole building.  I would delete the building and probably replace it with a sandbox for the students. 
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To get your own free copy of Universal Campus in Kitely. 
  • Have an account: Kitely, Overview.
  • Go to your My worlds page.
  • Click the New World button.
  • For testing:  Under world type, click Metered World.
  • Metered World gives you low cost for testing.
  • To use  the world for classes, you want Standard World.
  • For Standard World: Under Size, Check 4 regions.  
  • 500 x 500 Meters, 60,000 prims, 40 avatars, $49.95 per month.
  • Under template, check Universal Campus. 
  • Click the Next button and follow the remaining instructions.
Classroom with display boards
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But all you really need is the display boards.
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Big auditorium with display boards
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You probably want the seating and the display boards for this.   
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Side view of the classroom building
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Universal Campus Kitely
Educators and companies looking for a free, Creative Commons-licensed world for their corporate or school campus should take a look at Universal Campus.
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Universal Campus was created by Michael Emory Cerquoni (a.k.a. Nebadon Izumi) for the Institute of Genomics and Bioinformatics at the University of California Irvine. It's licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported (CC BY-SA 3.0) license
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See the Universal Campus homepage for more information.
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River walk
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Here is another prefab region (sim)
This region is built for instruction about and in an undersea world.  
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Astronomy building and carbon saving
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For astronomy, you could build worlds of planets, asteroids,  planetary systems, stars, star clusters, and galaxies.  
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