Sunday, November 6, 2016

2016 VIB: EDU: OSHG: VIB (browser-viewer) imaginary use case: Education

 VIB (browser-viewer) imaginary use case: Education
OpenSim does not have a viewer in the browser (VIB) yet, but people are working on that.  2 demos show that it is possible with worlds that function like a limited version of OpenSim.  Assuming it can be done, what would we do with it?  Here is a bit of speculation about how educators might use it to work better with their classes.

Demos

Common problems avoided

  • Students have difficulty finding and installing the viewer.
  • Students have difficulty starting the viewer and logging into the grid.
  • Students arrive at orientation island and find naked people propositioning them.
  • Students can't find the class island and find no one who can help.
  • Students arrive at the class island in the middle of a trench and can't get out.
  • (All of these have been cited by people teaching classes in SL.)
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Metaverse events, current and upcoming

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Educator use (early)

What's on the class web page?


  • Class web page carries VIB entry to the instructional area.
  • Web page offers avatar choices fitting the course.
  • Web page gives complete instructions on what to do after entry
  • Class syllabus and assignments.
  • Instructions on "How to get started in our world."
  • "How to walk around."
  • "How to walk into a transporter door"
  • "How to join our inworld group"
  • "How to contact one of us inworld."

Other possible content for class web page

  • Links to additional readings and other work pages.
  • Inworld phone line (offered if someone is available).
  • Google event calendar for the course.
  • Scheduled times for instructor present inworld. 
  • Scheduled times for group meetings in world
  • Recorded lecture (maybe from professional lecturer)
  • Students can post questions in conference area on web page.
  • Students may answer posted questions and get credit for good original answers.
  • Instructor will answer posted questions daily.
  • Videos are available on the class web page
  • Videos are also available inworld for group viewing  
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News and Notes

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    Next WIP show

    • Next WIP show: Sun. Nov.14, Noon SLT 
    • Narasnook  location (second Sunday of the month)
    • Pandora allows presenters to run high threat OSSL functions.
    • world.narasnook.com:8900
    • Put the line above in your World Map next to Find.  Click FindTP
    • At Narasnook, use World Map to search for Pandora
    • Narasnook  location (second Sunday of the month)
    • Pandora allows presenters to run high threat OSSL functions.
    • world.narasnook.com:8900
    • Put the line above in your World Map next to Find.  Click FindTP
    • At Narasnook, use World Map to search for Pandora
    • Cookie II location (fourth Sunday of the month)
    • HG address below: paste into the World Map next to Find. Click Find, TP
    • grid.kitely.com:8002:Cookie II 
    • in Kitely: paste into Nav (top) bar of Firestorm, Enter.
    • hop://grid.kitely.com:8002/Cookie II/68/369/22

            Previous Articles from the WIP show 

            HG links-- depending on your interests 


            Radio in the virtual world

            Metaverse beginner help

              Schools in virtual worlds


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