Sunday, September 23, 2018

2018 WW: EDU:VWMOOC18 August 29th A Visit to A Web-based Virtual World


VWMOOC18 August 29th 
A Visit to A Web-based 
Virtual World

Selby Evans hosted a visit to a web-based world where he and the developer Dieter Heyne talked to us about the affordances of the world for educators and covered the new features and expansion of public worlds available since last year.


Web-worlds


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Saturday, September 22, 2018

2016 HELP: Running a big region in OpenSim. Lagbusters

Running a big region in OpenSim
OpenSim allows Varregons much larger than the old standard of 256X256 meters.  Kitely offers 1012X1012m.  (1012 m. is about .6 mile.)  Other places may offer even bigger regions. These are still running on one server, though, so they don't have a corresponding increase in prim or avatar capacity.  (Kitely Advaced Worlds have a substantial increase, but not enough to fill the area.)   Here  are some suggestions for building and operating such a region for public use.
Walkin TPs at Cookie II entry point

  • The standard arrival point is at 128,128 in the southwest corner.
  • Best take that and work with it.  
  • A big region is too large to expect people to find places without help.  
  • Walkin TP's are a good way to get visitors to their destinations.
  • If the walkins at Cookie II entry point are not free to copy, 
  • go to the Hobo Sandbox entry and take a copy of the Thinkerer box there.
  • Phantoms are good for your virtual world
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Friday, September 21, 2018

2018 EDU: WW: Education is certification too: Micro-credentials


Education is certification too:   
Micro-credentials

Self-directed learning is good enough to improve your skills.  But part of the value in learning lies in reputation.  Employers often want certification.  Is there any way to get that?   
The Empty Classroom

How do you get certified? 

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Tuesday, September 18, 2018

2018 ART: SOCIAL: DanCoyote’s 12-Year Retrospective Exhibition


DanCoyote’s 12-Year Retrospective Exhibition
2.5 miles of Virtual Art by DC Spensley

San Francisco artist, DC Spensley, will premiere a 4+ kilometer-tall, 40-level, 100-artwork exhibition, in an expansive retrospective of his work in the social, virtual world of Second Life. Featured in the exhibition is DC’s avatar, DanCoyote Antonelli, responsible for twelve years of virtual artworks and performances that have been critically recognized and widely emulated. 
 Starting the 40 level tower

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Monday, September 17, 2018

2018 WW: Tutorial: Make an object giver in CybaLOUNGE. Make objects available to multiple users


Make an object giver in CybaLOUNGE. 
Make objects available to multiple users

How to make an object giver in CybaLounge to distribute an object to students or teaching assistants.  The object could carry weekly task assignments.
I just made an object giver
  • Sometimes you want to make an object available to lots of people.
  • Use case:  Instructor needs to make task-package available to multiple assistants or students.
  • Solution:  Instructor stores task-package in inventory and places a giver in a convenient location. 
  • Anyone who needs it can pick up a copy from there.

Two Web worlds in public beta

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Sunday, September 16, 2018

2018 EDU: Language learning in virtual reality. Learn It Town sim: ESL (VWMOOC)


Language learning in virtual reality. 
Learn It Town sim: ESL (VWMOOC)

VWMOOC visited Learn It Town in Second Life.  Here is a report on some of the things we saw.
VWMOOC at the Learn It Town welcome area 
for an introductory talk
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Saturday, September 15, 2018

2018 WW: HG: IMA: Web-worlds and OpenSim coming together


Web-worlds and OpenSim 
working together


Web-worlds and OpenSimulator are developing interconnections that make use of the strong points of each system.  In the future. web-worlds will serve limited needs on their own and will help users get into installed virtual worlds when more powerful services are needed.
Murky Mansion on Kitely 
Murky Mansion on 3DWW

Two Web worlds in public beta

  • 3DWebWorldz
  • CybaLOUNGE
  • You can visit either of these as a guest, without registering.
  • Guest entry encourages enter-on-impulse 


Friday, September 14, 2018

2018 WRITE: WW: Writers of Nara's Nook: Story seeds: The last werewolf of Blanken, Part 4


Writers of Nara's Nook:  Story seeds:  
The last werewolf of Blanken Part 4

Further description of the title story, including extension to Fantasy Place   
Starting place writer's workshop

Spoiler warning:  If you are reading the ibox sequence as a story, this article will give away important information.  

This workshop place has been in development on Kitely for several months.  That work is suspended while we work on a similar, but more easily accessed place in 3DWebWorldz
To reach the place described here, visit 3DWebWorldz (as a guest or registered user) and look for Writer's swamp (under construction) in the menu.  You may want to visit me at  
my office times in Cybalounge (Weekdays: 12:-12:30 Central time) and let me talk you through the entry steps.  
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Tuesday, September 11, 2018

2018 HG: Hypergriders: What happens if your grid fails? Can you keep your stuff? Can you keep your friends?


Hypergriders: 
What happens if your grid fails?  
Can you keep your stuff?  
Can you keep your friends?


What can you do to protect yourself from the closure of your grid and to minimize the consequences if it happens?
Nothing stinks like the smell of losing everything you’ve built due to choosing the wrong provider. --   Terry Ford, Digiworldz

Grids can fail in three ways

  • Go out of business, close
  • Have a software catastrophe with extensive loss or corruption of files.
  • Yield to a DDOS attack.

If your grid fails, you have questions

  • Can you keep your stuff?
  • Can you keep your friends?
  • Can you keep your (business, entertainment) location?

What can you do to avoid problems? 

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