Saturday, December 7, 2019

2019 #DTA: #VWEDU: Skill-based learning: Requires evaluated practice. A job for the Digital Teaching Assistant (DTA)


Skill-based learning:
Requires evaluated practice.

A job for the Digital Teaching Assistant (DTA)


Developing a skill requires practice with feedback.  Some of that feedback can be provided by a computer at low cost and with 24/7 availability anywhere the internet can reach.
The Empty Classroom
They are off practicing

What is skill-based learning?

Skills fit actions to an environment

  • Skill sets for operating equipment are often learned in a simulated environment.
  • But that simulation requires a physical environment like that of the equipment.
  • Some skill-sets are used in an ordinary environment.
  • These may be learned in a simulation of an ordinary environment. 
  • Examples: language, planning, collaboration, ideation, managing, etc.
  • Many skills require working with others and need others in the learning environment.
  • Working with others is often a valuable skill.
  • Mastering a skill requires evaluated practice--a job for the DTA
  • The Digital Teaching Assistant (DTA) for MUVES (vitrual worlds): Summary

Friday, December 6, 2019

2020 #VWEDU: #DTA: Gathering educational support in OpenSimulator. Scenegate, RezMela™, Kitely Organizations, DTA


Gathering educational support in OpenSimulator.  
Scenegate, RezMela™, Kitely Organizations, DTA

Four initiatives directed at improving educational support for education and training in OpenSimulator
DTA1 (left)

Contents


  • Scenegate--easy student entry
  • RezMela™--east scene construction
  • Kitely Organizations--A school gets a virtual home of its own.
  • Digital Teaching Assistant (DTA) --A place programmed to teach


Thursday, December 5, 2019

2019 #VWEDU: update 12/7/2019: OpenSimulator Community Conference Dec 14, 15 2019; IMA releases simplified Scenegate viewer


#VWEDU: update 12/7/2019
OpenSimulator Community Conference 
OSCC Dec 14, 15 2019
IMA releases simplified Scenegate viewer
A collection of news items and links relevant to this blog.  Some often-wanted links are recurrent.  Others may be retained a few weeks.  New items may be added daily

 Avatars meeting on the web
Click image to enlarge

News on the MUVEs 

Contents 

  • Search on the page:  Ctrl+f (type in the search bar, top of the page)
  • My timeline on Twitter 
  • Events in the virtual worlds
  • Newcomer notes
  • Hypergrid places, news, and tips
  • Business
  • Support the supporters
  • Living online
  • Modern education #VWEDU
  • Libraries for education
  • Writers on the MUVEs 
  • Promotion (general)
  • Radio and video in the virtual worlds
  • Web-worlds
  • Visit me on the web
  • License 
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Tuesday, December 3, 2019

2020 #DTA: #VWEDU: Design for JIT help: Search on page supports for learning from a computer


Design for JIT help:
Search on page supports
learning from a computer

How to provide just-in-time instruction on web pages.


What is JIT help?

  • JIT=Just-In-Time
  • JIT help pages are intended to provide quick information on a specific topic.
  • Use scenario: User is about to do something and needs quick and complete information on how to do it.
  • In a computer-based activity, the capabilities of the browser offer support.
  • The help should be easily found with search and should give complete information.
  • The help should give no unnecessary information.
  • Supplementary information may be given with web links.
  • JIT help should be the standard practice for DTA development
  • The Digital Teaching Assistant (DTA) for MUVES (virtual worlds): Summary

Monday, December 2, 2019

2019 3VWEDU: #DTA: Seven educational assumptions you can abandon with DTA-supported instruction in a virtual (digital) world


Seven educational assumptions you can abandon 
with DTA-supported instruction in a virtual (digital) world

Having the Digital Teaching Assistant (DTA) available as a personalized mentor for the student affords big changes in the way schools work.  
Collaborative planning

Some assumptions 

  • All students learn at the same rate.
  • Students learn best with a hour or 90 minutes of new information at one time.
  • Students have adequate knowledge if they can answer 70% of the questions on the test.
  • You just need to tell students what they should do and they will do it.  
  • Students know how to study effectively and will devote enough time to do that.
  • Students know how to manage their time effectively for study and class assignments.
  • Students know how to cooperate to carry out a project on time.
  • If you believe these, do you also believe in fairies?  

Sunday, December 1, 2019

2019 #VWEDU: #DTA: Rezmela™ supports easy creation of instructional scenes. A demonstration in VWMOOC19


Rezmela™ supports easy creation 
of instructional scenes
A demonstration in VWMOOC19


A demonstration of the RezMela™ system.  The system itself could work with any objects, thus allowing Illustrative layouts, as practice, or arrangements as student products.  

  • Key word: rez
  • Rez:  In virtual worlds, cause a virtual object to appear and become available for use
  • The virtual object can be a building and its contents
  • Education research calls virtual worlds MultiUser Virtual Environments (MUVEs)
  • Educational research on MUVEs

Demonstration video

  • Rethinking Content Creation in Virtual Environments (Video)
  • Video is long--you don't need to watch in all at once.
  • Ann von Rhein (avatar in SL) and the Origin team in Open Sim
  • New way of creating learning environments without knowledge of building or coding.
  • Example apps show how educators can get educational content without building.
  • The environments show the application of RezMelatools across learning domains.
  • Created scenes can be saved and recreated later (for other classes).
  • Classes and groups of students can meet in the instructional scene.
  • Teachers can teach in virtual worlds and rely on builders to build.

Saturday, November 30, 2019

2019 #VWEDU: WRITE: The Dickens Project Returns to Second Life December 1, 2019*



The Dickens Project Returns
to Second Life December 1, 2019



Seanchai Library brings you The Dickens Project 2018. MUVE, Social 3D


The Dickens Project has become a winter holiday tradition for a growing number of Second Life residents since it began as a special seasonal presentation by Seanchai Library in 2008.  It transformed into an interactive environment in 2012, then to a full region experience for 2017 and 2018. Seanchai Library is proud to announce that they will be opening the doors of The Dickens Project 2019 Edition beginning December 1.

Friday, November 29, 2019

2019 #VWEDU : #DTA: Scenegate beginner's instructions: for people coming to a class or meeting in OpenSImulator. DTA content


Scenegate beginner's instructions 
for people coming to a class or meeting in OpenSImulator
DTA content

Detailed JIT  instructions for people coming into OpenSimulator for education or a meeting in Scenegate.   DTA content pages are assembled and written for use as Digicoach advice. This article is explicitly licensed Public Domain (CC0). 
Scenegate full screen
Click image to enlarge

Lots of controls

  • The more controls, the more power you have.
  • And the more you have to learn.
  • The secret to learning lots of things: 
  • Only learn what you need at the moment.
  • Just-in-time learning

This page supports JIT learning

  • To search the page: click Crtl+f.  The search bar appears near the top.
  • Enter a term you want to know about.
  • Key terms are listed below.

Key terms

  • Talk, Chat, Speak
  • Walk, Run, Fly
  • Camera
  • People
  • Profile
  • Inventory
  • Map
  • Landmarks
  • Me, Preferences
  • World, Take landmark
  • Help 

Thursday, November 28, 2019

2019 #VWEDU: update 11/30/2019 New OpenSim release. Virtual classes in a German university. IMA releases simplified Scenegate viewer


#VWEDU: update 11/30/2019
New OpenSim release.
Virtual classes in a German university
IMA releases simplified Scenegate viewer
Opensim grids gain Users

A collection of news items and links relevant to this blog.  Some often-wanted links are recurrent.  Others may be retained a few weeks.  New items may be added daily

 Avatars meeting on the web

Click image to enlarge

News on the MUVEs 

Contents 

  • Search on the page:  Ctrl+f (type in the search bar, top of the page)
  • My timeline on Twitter 
  • Events in the virtual worlds
  • Newcomer notes
  • Hypergrid places, news, and tips
  • Business
  • Support the supporters
  • Living online
  • Modern education #VWEDU
  • Libraries for education
  • Writers on the MUVEs 
  • Promotion (general)
  • Radio and video in the virtual worlds
  • Web-worlds
  • Visit me on the web
  • License 
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Tuesday, November 26, 2019

2019 MUVE: Metaverse, WebVR Augmented Reality, Stereo Reality reaching your browser. Gunter's Universe - Metaverse Roundtable Discussion


Metaverse, WebVR, Augmented Reality, Stereo Reality 
reaching into  your browser.  
Gunter's Universe - Metaverse Roundtable Discussion

This is not a game.  It is people.  People sometimes like to play games,  Sometimes the need to learn things. Sometimes they just need to have meetings.  The Metaverse can accommodate most of what they need to do. And these days, the metaverse has reached into your browser.

In this episode of Gunter's Universe a panel of VR developers discuss what WebVR is as well as the concept of "The Metaverse".