Tuesday, May 21, 2019

2019 #VWEDU BIZ: Corporate Use of a Virtual World for Training Commercial Insurance Agents. Situated learning

Corporate Use of a Virtual World 
for Training Commercial Insurance Agents
Situated learning, communities of practce 
By: Donna Yager

This project is a culmination of the design and development of a virtual world for training Commercial Insurance Agents called ‘Commercial New Producer Program’ and uses a Google site as a student portal for course materials as well as a virtual world, called Training Town, as the tool for meeting within our community of practice.

Training Town

Monday, May 20, 2019

2019 #VWEDU: Mainstreaming Virtual World Learning Colloquium: Video summary and suggestions

Mainstreaming Virtual World Learning Colloquium 
Video summary and suggestions

With funding from the Carol Lavin Bernick Family Foundation and Tulane University's School of Professional Advancement, the Mainstreaming Virtual World Learning Colloquium was held on December 1, 2018. Kay McLennan (Tulane University), the moderator for the event provides the background for the event. 

Kay McLennan, Ph.D. 

Colloquium summary

Saturday, May 18, 2019

2019 #VWEDU MALET showcase: Microscope Studies Using Portable Microscopes & Smartphones

MALET showcase: Microscope Studies 
Using Portable Microscopes & Smartphones

Free web resources. Inexpensive tools.  Smart phones.  Paper-based microscopes.  Easy exploration of the world of tiny.  Away from the world of the teachers, into the world of the student.  When students choose their own explorations, they don't just learn the content.


  • Self-guided exploration of the microscopic world by the students. 
  • When students handle their own explorations, they don't just learn the content.
  • They learn what they can do. 

Friday, May 17, 2019

#VWEDU update 5/17/2019 Silk Road Series #1, Mainstreaming Virtual World Learning Colloquium (Videos).

#VWEDU update 5/17/2019 
Silk Road Series #1, 
Mainstreaming Virtual World Learning Colloquium (Videos).   

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Thursday, May 16, 2019

2018 #VWEDU: The Silk Road Series #1 FUND RAISER for Feed a Smile (Kenyan school children)

The Silk Road Series #1 FUND RAISER 
for Feed a Smile (Kenyan school children)

The Digital Silk Road. From Singapore to Second Life. Come to the Caravanserai. A one-night stop over and a grand concert, streamed live online as Singapore wordsmiths and improv musicians team up with accomplished artists, writers, ambient musicians, comics, filmmakers and poets from Germany, UK, Holland, Portugal, Japan, Mexico, Costa Rica, Hawaii, Canada and the USA.

  • Watch on YouTube
As Singaporeans share South-East Asian culture, world artists will likewise share their poems, films, songs and stories on screen, streamed from Second Life from their online locations in the spirit of bygone days along the digital Silk Road.

    Tuesday, May 14, 2019

    2019 #WVEDU: BIZ: Do we have a professional learning community (PLC) in the virtual worlds (MUVEs)?

    Do we have a professional learning community (PLC)
    in the virtual worlds (MUVEs)? #WVEDU

    Sort of.  We have a many educational organizations and activities in virtual worlds and some loosely organized communication among them.  But they do not yet form a cohesive community with community plans or community actions. Can we form a stronger professional community?
    The Empty Classroom

    What is a Professional Learning Community?

    We have several inworld groups that might fit into a PLC

    • Here are a few that I know:
    • Rockcliffe University Consortium (RUC)
    • Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education (VWBPE)
    • Virtual Worlds Education Round Table (VWER)
    • Institute for New Paradigms (in learning) NPI
    • New Media Arts (NMA)
    • NonProfit Commons (NPC)
    • Community Virtual Library (CVL)
    • International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE)
    • If these groups increase collaboration, they could make a PLC 

    Monday, May 13, 2019

    2019 PROMO: HG: Promoting something? Your social media "timeline" could help

    Use your media timeline 
    to promote your project

    We of the virtual worlds (MUVErs) need to to promote our projects to the unMUVEd world.  Here is another suggestion in my series of articles about promotion in the digital universe.

    Promoting something?  Your media "timeline" could help

    • Your social media "timeline" is the collection of things you post or repost.
    • To be useful, it needs to be all in one place--probably on Twitter
    • You build it by posting or reposting links on Twitter.
    • Many things you repost will have a share button for easy reposting
    • You use a Twitter timeline by embedding the live stream on your web page.
    • See how I am doing it:   Muve Update 
    • More after the break
    • The embedded stream is always up-to-date.
    • Social media for the virtual worlds. Summary
    • Articles on promotion in this blog.

    Sunday, May 12, 2019

    2018 WW: WRT: The story at Fantasy Place: quest for the wolfbane flower Part 3, Oberon, Puck, and Wolfbane

    The story at Fantasy Place: 
    quest for the wolfbane flower 
    Part 3, Oberon, Puck, and Wolfbane

    A continuation of the werewolf  story (writer's workshop) demonstrating how a story can also be used to support learning.
    Red and black cloth 
    in the tree trunk

    Spoiler warning:  

    • If you are reading Werewolf sequence as a story, this article will give away important information.  
    • Remember, the Werewolf story is written for illustration.
    • The story at Fantasy Place follows the monomyth template of Campbell. 

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