Monday, August 1, 2016

2016 EDU: Hypertext presentation for 3D worlds: Web-walks

Hypertext presentation for 3D worlds:  Web-walks
Virtual worlds provide a different environment for presentation and instruction.  Instead of pages on a computer screen, the presenter can offer virtual objects that can hold the entire contents of the presentation.  The objects can be posters presenting web pages, giving notecards, delivering audio (including voice), showing video, or--probably any multimedia presentation you can think of.  
Web-walks showing overview
  • The illustration is from presentations in development on Kitely:
  • hop:// Collaborators/140/125/26
  • Firestorm Hop: Put in the Nav (top) bar of Firestorm, Enter
  • Presentations can be walk and talk by guide (author or not).
  • Or they can be individually self-guided.
  • Or they can be guided by an autodocent.
  • Or they can be supported by various Q&A methods

The web walk presentation

  • Posters show web pages on prims.
  • People can read pages on the prims or on their own browsers.
  • Walks collect broad topics and show suggested order for reading.  
  • Presenter can walk and point out important aspects of particular pages.
  • People can take copies of walks as they choose.
  • People can reuse walks for their own presentations.
  • The overview can show the main outline in the names on the walks.
  •  Each walkway can give notecard on click.
  • The posters show web pages that serve as sections.
  • People can scroll the web posters or open any web page in their browsers.
  • Virtual world presentation mixed with web presentation.

Web walks as the new books

  • A collection of webwalks can replace a chapter in a text book.
  • But with multimedia presentation.
  • Each walk is a single object.  You can easily give it.
  • Or you could sell it--if you can make really instructive walks.


  • Preparing a presentation in 3d
  • Presentation by presentation type 
  • Presentation in 3D walks: advantages for learners 
  • Version 0.2 Walk on the outline
  • Instructions to audience for using web walks
  • (More after the break)
  • Where is Arcadia?

Metaverse events, current and upcoming


Preparing a presentation in 3d

Preparing the notes and presenting objects

  • The presenting objects serve in the role of the slides we used back then.
  • But these have all the information in them.  
  • And people can take copies of these objects and use them as they please.
Making notes in 3d
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  • Sources exist as articles on the web.
  • I made posters in the form of Browser on Prim, one poster for each article.
  • I put a short floating text ID on each poster.
  • The posters become the equivalent of preparation notes.
  • The pages are not all showing at the same time, 
  • but any one will show on click in about 15 seconds.
  • So I could go over the whole collection quickly.  
  • I then organized the posters into categories as shown in the article:
  • Why/how would Second Lifers expand to hypergrid? A hypertext presentation for virtual worlds
Posters organized into categories

Organizing the notes

  • The categories originated from a preliminary outline in this case,
  • But they could have been developed from the existing posters.
  • The posters are easy to duplicate and move about, 
  • so I could have set up trial organizations.
  • Presentation is one dimensional, linear,
  • so I arranged the posters in order and created walks (pretty carpets).
  • I put a notecard giver in the walkway so it gives a notecard on click.

Complete presentation


Presentation methods by presentation type

Single shot

  • Author or lecturer walks along the path commenting on posters as needed.
  • Presenter asks for questions at the end of each walk.
  • Presenter reminds audience to take copies of any walks of interest

Single lesson in a course

  • Instructor provides integrating walk that gives overview of course.
  • Single shot (above) is single unit of the course.
  • Thought questions may be offered in a separate walk

Single unit intended for self-managed learning (library design)

  • Student walks along each path reading the web content.
  • Student can gather walks as desired. 
  • Library may provide autodocent or guidance in notecards.
  • Library may provide thought questions or self-test questions in a separate walk.

Presentation in 3D walks: advantages for learners

  • You don't make notes.  You just take copies of the objects.
  • The object contents are complete with all information given.
  • You can review and reorganize the content as you need.

Presentation for virtual worlds: contribution to self-managed learning

  • Learners can see the sources, not just a list of references.
  • Learners can easily read the sources and use them for their own work.
  • Learners can reorganize the sources to fit their own needs.
  • Learners can discover how much they could have done on their own.
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  • The green pillar holds all the content. 
  • The little box offers instructions for using the presentation.
  • The box also gives the outline.
  • Click on the colored walks for a notecard about each section.
  • SLurl: Click to go or drag to viewer screen:

    How could I deliver a lecture along with the posters?

    • Make a video of you walking along the walk.
    • Lecture as you walk.
    • Post the video on YouTube.
    • Include the YouTube as the first web page on the walk.
    • Put each walk, or lecture unit in a separate parcel.
    • Set all parcels to restrict sound to that parcel.
    • Remind the students to click on the first poster to start the lecture.

    Version 0.2 Walk on the outline

    • The colors are pretty but not informative
    • Each walk did show the outline in floating text
    • But floating text did not show in the overview
    Web walk design showing walk titles
    • Each walk is a subunit.
    • Each subunit has a name, so here the names are on the walks.
    • The walks are like subsections in chapters of the old text books.  
    • Except you can see the whole chapter at once.  
    • Or zoom down to details when you need them.
    • With this arrangement, the learner is not forced into linear learning 
    • Or into linear review.  
    • 0.2 development is on Kitely, in preparation for history month.   
    • hop:// Collaborators/140/125/26
    • Firestorm Hop: Put in the Nav (top) bar of Firestorm, Enter

    Instructions to audience for using web walks

    • The posters may show you a web page if your Preferences-graphics are set for that.
    • If a poster does not show a web page, click on its face.
    • Not all posters will show a web page at the same time.
    • Zoom in on a poster to read it. You should see a bar floating above the poster.
    • Click the rightmost symbol on the bar to open the webpage on your browser.
    • Click on the colored walkway to get a notecard about the unit.
    • The notecard carries web links to the blog pages.
    • The entire walk, with posters and notecard should be free to copy.


    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 and elsewhere.

      Next WIP show 

      • Next WIP show: Sun. Aug 28, Noon SLT 
      • Cookie II location (fourth Sunday of the month)
      • 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
      • Narasnook  location (second Sunday of the month)
      • Pandora allows presenters to run high threat OSSL functions.
      • Put the line above in your World Map next to Find.  Click FindTP
      • At Narasnook, use World Map to search for Pandora
      • Cookie II location (fourth Sunday of the month)
      • 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

        Previous Articles from the WIP show 


        HG links-- depending on your interests 

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        Metaverse beginner help

        Schools in virtual worlds

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