Thursday, April 2, 2020

2020 EV: #VWEDU: Update 4/2/2020 VWBPE 13th Annual Conference, March 26-28 2020. VWBPE Immersive events continue Want To Teach ESL Online? A Dimension Beyond Offers Free online Meeting Rooms. Storylink radio from Seanchai Libraries


#VWEDU: Update 4/2/2020
Virtual Book Expo Apr-04-2020 3:30 pm Pacific time
Want To Teach ESL Online? Where To Get TESOL/TEFL Certification
A Dimension Beyond Offers Free online Meeting Rooms
Storylink radio from Seanchai Libraries
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 at IMA Alpha
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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, March 31, 2020

2020 PEOPLE: Manage discord notifications to get noticies of events you may want to know about and to avoid notices you don't want to see.


Manage discord notifications to get notices 
of events you may want to know about  and 
to avoid notices you don't want to see.

Discord can supply some of the community services the virtual worlders are accustomed to using in virtual worlds, while remaining independent of any particular grid.  Thus it can contribute to the shift from grid-oriented organization to community organization.   Here is how to set the Discord notification system to suit you.


Monday, March 30, 2020

2020 #DTA: Instructions are part of the product. They can make the product easy or hard to use. A critical issue for education, where there are always new students using those instrudtions


Instructions are part of the product.  
They can make the product easy or hard to use. 
A critical issue for education:
If the instructions don't work, the teachers do.

Recommendations on how to design instructions so they help market the product.    Not just to hobbyists, but to educators and businesses.

We can meet in a virtual world
  • Even if we are in quarantine or shelter-in-place
  • No travel costs.  No travel time.
  • But you gotta know the territory.

Designing the instructions

  • Yes, you don't just write them.  You design them for the users' needs.
  • Design thinkingUser-centered design (UCD).   
  • You must be designing the product for the customers' needs. 
  • Surely you want the instructions to show how the product meets those needs. 
  • That's what Marketing needs to sell the product to educators and businesses.
  • And the instructions should be part of the product design:
  • It is easier to fix the software than to fix the instructions.

My rating steps

  • Intuitive: Label and floating text are adequate.
  • Easy: One sentence in the quick start guide is adequate.
  • Hard:  More than one sentence is needed.
  • You lose customers as you go up those steps

Saturday, March 28, 2020

2020 #VWEDU: OSCC19 TAKING STOCK OF PROVEN AND NEW EDUCATIONAL SIMULATION USE CASES


OSCC19 TAKING STOCK OF PROVEN AND NEW 
EDUCATIONAL SIMULATION USE CASES

New uses for OpenSimulator learning simulations (including examples of VR-ready simulations) as well as examples of proven in-world and out-of-world educational simulations. The reasons for the staying power of selected simulations and challenges to the wider use of OpenSimulator learning simulations are discussed.

Friday, March 27, 2020

2020 BIZ: #VWEDU: Virtual web-worlds are close to serving as virtual offices. Two web-worlds are matched against requirements set by a well known commentator on Virtual Worlds.


Virtual web-worlds are close to serving as offices.  
Two web-worlds are matched against requirements 
set by a well known commentator on Virtual Worlds.
These web-worlds easily meet most of the requirements for virtual offices.
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  • Here I am in my web office/conference room.
  • Behind me is my Google Docs poster.
  • I am in a browser page--nothing installed.
  • Do I look like a gamer?

Virtual worlds as virtual offices?

Two web-worlds available as online offices



Thursday, March 26, 2020

2020 EV: #VWEDU: Update 3/26/2020 VWBPE 13th Annual Conference, March 26-28 2020. VWBPE conference is immune to COVID-19 VWBPE Immersive events continue


#VWEDU: Update 3/26/2020
VWBPE 13th Annual Conference, March 26-28 2020
A Dimension Beyond Offers Free Virtual Meeting Rooms
Storylink radio from Seanchai Libraries
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 at IMA Alpha
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 
***************************

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

2020 #VWEDU: BIZ:A list of features needed in virtual worlds to support remote collaboration and distance learning


Virtual worlds: a collection of features 
supporting remote collaboration 
and distance learning

A preliminary list of features that might be wanted in a virtual world designed to support remote collaboration and distance learning.  Suggestions for additional items are invited. This article is licensed CC0, public domain.
ACRL Virtual World interest group
  • "The next killer app is people."

Objective

  • Identify virtual world features needed for remote collaboration and distance learning.
  • Current virtual worlds can be assessed in terms of the feature list.
  • Feature list to be used for guiding future development. 
  • Feature list to be used to guide defaults and adequacy of instructions,

Main categories

  • Cost per month per square kilometer
  • Public affiliation
  • Security
  • Voice
  • Contacts
  • Web access
  • Text communication
  • Avatar
  • Document share
  • Facilities
  • "World" services
  • Opinion gatherer
  • Image capture
  • Video capture
  • Outworld reach
  • Features possibly desired

Monday, March 23, 2020

Sunday, March 22, 2020

2020 #VWEDU: VWBPE 2020: Exhibits (1) A conference the easy way 30 seconds to anywhere in virtual worlds


VWBPE 2020: Exhibits (1): A conference the easy way
30 seconds to anywhere in virtual worlds

Picture reports on some of the exhibits by sponsors and exhibitors at VWBPE2020