Saturday, December 5, 2015

2015 NEW: BIZ: HG: The Hypergrid Welcome Center. An element of the HGProjects.

The Hypergrid Welcome Center.  
An element of the HGProjects
Updated 12/7/2015
Tom Frost proposed development of a Hypergrid welcome center and it has stirred much interest in the HG community.  This is an element that I think is much needed to support the promotion and growth of the Hypergrid.  Here I present Tom's proposal and offer some preliminary considerations.    

Proposal by Tom Frost

When I arrived on the hypergrid about a year ago, fresh from Second Life, I was confused. Disoriented. Things didn't work as I expected, and it took quite some perseverance before I 'got it'. 
Now, I'm a delighted resident of the hyperverse. Back then, the idea was planted: there should be a welcome area for people new to the hypergrid. A place where they can get help, learn the tricks I now take for granted and a guiding hand to navigate that initial confusion. 
Now that I have 'arrived', so to speak, I think it is time to give body to that idea. 
Please help me build a grid-agnostic welcome center, together with a web presence, to ease the transition from closed grids to the hypergrid. Let's make the hypergrid a more welcoming place!  Tom Frost
    • (More after the break)


          Metaverse beginner help


          Welcoming new people on the Hypergrid

          Three types of newcomer background

          • People experienced in Second Life, but not in Hypergrid/OpenSim
          • People experienced in other virtual worlds
          • People with no experience in any virtual world
          • Each type needs needs different welcome instruction.
          • This article will focus on people from SL 

          • People from SL come with expectations from SL experiences.
          • If they don't know how to do things, they think there is now way.
          • If things don't work as expected, they think they are broken.
          • (They came from SL, you remember.)

          Two parts to the HGWC 

          • Hypergrid Welcome Center (HGWC) is online instruction.
          • Online instruction is planned as content and presentation.
          • Content is what you want the learner to be able to do when finished.
          • Presentation is the experience you provide to build the abilities you aim for.
          • Content is the same for everyone. 
          • Presentation can come in multiple forms, especially in a multimedia world.
          • Multiple presentation forms may let learners select what best fits their needs.

          Content development for HGWC

          • In the new age of instructional design, content development starts with the objectives.
          • (Yes, that is how you do software development, too.)
          • We want people finishing the HGWC to be able to make effective use of the HG
          • for their purposes.
          • They will come with expectations about doing things they did in SL. 
          • Those expectations will lead to questions that we can gather.
          • The list of those questions is one quick way to collect some learning objectives.
          • We want to provide useful answer to these questions.
          • "The learner can do what the question asks how to do."

          HG specific Q/A for the SL experienced  people, preliminary list

          • How do you travel on the Hypergrid?
          • How do you find places to visit on the HG?
          • How do you find people on the HG?
          • How do you find events on the HG?
          • How do you find free things on the HG?
          • Do your clothes come with you on the HG?
          • How do you take stuff with you travelling the HG?
          • Can you friend people you meet in travel on the HG?
          • Do IMs work over the HG?
          • Do notecards travel over HG?
          • Can I send inventory items by dropping them in IM?
          • How do I get Lindens, or whatever you use for money?
          • more (TBD)
          • This list is just a start.  You can suggest more items in comments to this article.
          • I will collect the questions and later try to answer them. 
          • The questions, with answers, will provide one section of content for the HGWC.
          • Another section will cover features unknown in Second Life.
          • Example:  How to with NPC, Nara Malone. Storytelling of the future

          Presentation methods for HGWC

          • The internet has broken the meaning of school.
          • A school is not a place anymore.  
          • It is a gathering of learning opportunities.
          • The same is true for the Hypergrid Welcome Center.
          • The opportunities can be presented in multiple places. 
          • On blogs, on a wiki, on web pages, in social media.  In other words on the web, 
          • where people can access in with skills and equipment they already have.
          • They can access it in multiple places inworlds.  In any grid, including Second Life.  
          • They can access it in many formats. Text, video, audio, demo, dramatization.
          • A single location for a HG Welcome Center would be of value 
          • if it could have people there most of the time.  

          Is a single place needed?

          • The main reason for a single place is to have people there.
          • This blog will carry whatever content can be presented on the web.
          • Web content: Text, Videos, Calendars, web links, web pages on a prIm.
          • Any content I produce is CC Attribution only.  
          • Inworld objects can be replicated without limit.
          • An inworld HGWC might consist of a model WC with parts free to copy.  
          • If we can have a welcoming group available at a single place.
          • a single place would be a real advantage. 



          News and Notes


            The Hypergrid WIP Show

            The Hypergrid WIP is a one hour "show & tell" of works in progress or recently completed. All builders from beginner to pro are invited.  Presentations are in voice and text.  For text presentations, best bring the text in a notecard and paste it into chat.  Voice presentations may be captured in video.  Stills and videos from the show may appear in this blog. 

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            • Next WIP show: TBD  
            • HG address below: paste into the World Map next to Find. Click Find, TP
            • II 
            • in Kitely: paste into Nav (top) bar of Firestorm, Enter.
            • hop:// II/68/369/22

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