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.
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Webisode #3: AT features their research on immersive teaching and learning environments, particularly virtual worlds. We also visit with Melissa Carrillo and Stacy Fox with the Smithsonian Latino Center who are innovators in 3D immersive environments and new media. The AT Spotlight is on Dr. Meredith Abarca who has successfully integrated a virtual world platform into her Literature classes. Finally, we visit the UTEP School of Nursing's Simulation Lab where students are immersed in "real life" hospital situations and critical care in preparation for their professional environments. 
The virtual Romeo and Juliet ballet sequence was choreographed by Angelina Kitaj, with set design by Szerewp Loon, and was filmed at the Second Life 11th Birthday Celebration with permission.  
Other builds featured on this episode were also filmed at the Second Life 11th Birthday Sims. 
UTEP's Second Life Islands, and the Smithsonian Virtual Museum Placita can be found at:
More about how AT is using immersive and virtual learning environments   
Photo of Melissa Carrillo is a derivative, licensed by Michael Edson, under the CC BY 2.

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News and Notes

Contests and dated calls/invitations/events

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Not a popularity vote. This is your prediction of who the actual top 10 will be in the official judging.  Deadline:  Midnight SLT 3rd December 2014

Newcomer Help in Virtual Worlds

Education

How to handle a Hypergrid address 

From any Hypergrid-enabled grid, paste the address into the address bar of Firestorm and press enter. Or paste it into the world map search bar of any viewer, search, and click Teleport when the destination is found. If it doesn't work, don't give up. Try again in couple of minutes.  Sometimes the first try fails (probably times out).  And try again a few hours later. Some hypergrid destinations are offline part of the day. 
If you get an address like this: 
 hg.francogrid.org:80:Residence-09:/119/128/190     
paste it into the address bar of Firestorm, see if it takes you to the exact coordinates. 

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