Tuesday, September 9, 2014

2014 EDU: 3D Leadership training and the associated research project

3D Leadership training and 
the associated research project

Leadership training in 3D

  • No teacher-trainer
  • A guide and facilitator
  • Start with generalized (abstract) statement (like PowerPoint).
  • Use group discussion to get concrete examples that fit the learners.
  • Guide mixes in with the group (you can do that in 3D). 
  • No one stands in front telling learners what to think.
  • They practice thinking for themselves.
  • As they will have to do on the job.
  • Successful proof of concept pilot test with 12 learners
  • How to start in a virtual world, the video
5 practices of effective leadership
Starting along the tunnel
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Model the way

As you walk panels appear.
  • Normally there would be a group with a guide
  • The guide would ask the group for concrete examples 
  • of how they have used that practice
  • or seen the practice used
  • or plan to use it in the future.
Inspire a shared vision
Challenge the process
  • "This is the way we have always done it."  
  • Just gets a laugh around here.
  • "So you have not learned anything in the last 20 years?"
Enable others to act
Encourage the heart

Know your employees

Do you know their interests?

Do you know their goals?
Do you know their situations?

Do you know their motivations?
  • OK, you read over this lesson. 
  • What do you remember?
  • What could you implement? 
  • Now pick one item.  Talk it over with three people you know.
  • Ask them about:
  • how they have used that item
  • or seen the it used
  • or plan to use it in the future.
  • Did you learn anything from that conversation?


This instructional unit is the product of Bruce Gross, a 2012 graduate of the University of Washington Certificate in Virtual Worlds. Over the past 3 years he has been working on using 3D Environments, and has completed a successful proof of concept pilot test with 12 Teammates.

Bruce (Cooper Swizzle in Second Life) has been incorporating the 3D environments into his webinar presentations. Moving from a traditional PowerPoint format, he projected himself (his avatar) moving through a dynamic 3D environment with information and videos presented amid scenes that reinforced and/or portrayed important elements of the content. 
Feedback from attendees of these webinars indicated that, while participants still felt isolated from each other, many indicated a sense that they were present with Bruce as he moved through the environment. He now says he prevents “death by power point” in his webinars by using the 3D Environment.

Bruce Gross is the Sr. Instructor for the WORLDPAC University. WORLDPAC, Inc. is the largest distributor of foreign automotive parts, covering the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico. His primary responsibility is to train our mid-level managers on Leadership Skills.
WORLDPAC’s leadership is founded on our dedication to achieving excellence through the loyal efforts of talented and enthusiastic associates. Our continued success requires taking full advantage of the rich backgrounds and abilities of our associates and rewarding their achievements. We embrace change as an opportunity to fulfill our potential. We lead through competence, innovation, teamwork and an eagerness to excel. Today, we have 60+ locations while approaching 2000 associates throughout North America. We have many opportunities for entry-level and experienced associates throughout our organization. WORLDPAC careerbuilder

    Training in the 21st Century

    Bruce collaborates with Carla Kincaid-Yoshikawa on the development of training activities, 3D webinars and other immersive learning projects.  Carla is Founder & Managing Director of Training in the 21st Century™ and has worked as an Organization Development and Training Consultant for over 15 years.   She uses blended learning methods such as:
    Knowledge tunnel
    Why is leadership training important?


    A leadership exercise

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    Events in the virtual worlds  

    How to handle a Hypergrid address 

    From any Hypergrid-enabled grid, paste the address into the address bar of Firestorm and press enter. Or paste it into the world map search bar of any viewer, search, and click Teleport when the destination is found. If it doesn't work, don't give up. Try again later.


        Contests and dated calls/invitations

        Go Vat Short Poetry Workshop-Tue, 9/9  at 7 pm SLTThis week Ngagpa Writer is guest host as the Short Poetry Workshop revisits the the Go Vat - a Cambodian poetry form from the 1880s. This form has a rhyming couplet with a refrain as the 3rd line that is repeated in the subsequent stanzas. So join us at the Short Poetry Library to learn, write and share the Go Vat. 


        National Agenda 2014 focuses on the battle for control of congress midway through the Obama second term, with some of the biggest and most experienced names in American politics
        Midtown Arts Museum is launching its first participation storybuild on Monday, 9.1.2014, Wear Your Goggles to the Goldrush. All elements are ready for visitors, explorers and amateur sleuths to plunder. A storybuild mystery is not an event that is attended. Rather clues and story are collected, assembled and written by the participants who journey through it. It is writing via pictures and conversation - - the natural, entertaining and effortless way. Oakes Valley blog
        Hypergrid address:  grid.kitely.com:8002:Oakes Valley  
        The theme is 'TRANSCENDING BORDERS.' Artists & filmmakers can interpret the theme as they see fit. Whether transcending borders between time and space, past and present, one nation and another, one language and another, a culture or civilization or any other of the innumerable borders that present themselves as we navigate our lives. You the artist... You the machinimatographer...You decide.
        Entries Close at Midnight SLT 31st October 2014. Winners will be announced in December 2014.   
        UWA Art & Film Challenges 2014 with L$1.03 Mil in Prizes, early entries 
        And don't forget the many imagined borders, walls, that we make for ourselves.   Those are the worst kind.--TKR

        Newcomer Help in Virtual Worlds. 



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