Friday, August 16, 2019

2019 #VWEDU: #DTA: Newcomer welcome coach (1): Basic skills needed promptly


Newcomer welcome coach (1):   
Basic skills needed promptly 

The newcomer welcome coach teaches the skills needed to get started in OpenSimulator. This article is explicitly licensed Public Domain (CC0).
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"What do I do now?"

  • That's usually the first reaction people have when they arrive in a virtual world.
  • Educators want to get students past that point fast.
  • We can give them written instructions: 
  • The Secret of the Instruction Manual  If you want to keep a secret, put it in the instruction manual
  • A DTA  Welcome Coach (DTAW) can give JIT training just when the student needs it.
  • Create the need for the instruction.  Give the instruction.  Have the learner practice.

What do we need to create a welcome DAT?

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Basic skills for incoming learner

Needed promptly 

  • Read local chat and floating text
  • Walk: turn, walk forward
  • Interact with things: Sit, stand, click
  • View control:  Zoom, look around without moving your avatar.

Needed to interact with others

  • Communicate: Typed local chat, voice, remote IM
  • Interact with people: Identify, friend, find

Needed when avatar choice is offered

  • Avatar: select, wear, adjust
  • (Note: educators will not want beginning students to spend much time on this.)

Needed soon

  • Notecard:  get and read   
  • Landmark for your current location: Take and use 
  • Turn on local music/audio stream
  • Find other rooms and teleport there.

Instructions for skills needed promptly

  • This plan assumes a distributed coach in the form of multiple signs.
  • Instructions for starting in OpenSimulator
  • Instructions for using Firestorm, Viewer 5
  • That viewer uses drop-down menus rather than the pie-chart form. 
  • (Subsequent articles may carry instructions for other skills.)

Read local chat and floating text

  • SignClick here to get starter information.
  • Sign carries floating text: starter information.
  • Sign should be clearly visible at arrival point.
  • On click: sign delivers text in local chat:
  • ----
  • "One way you find out things is by reading local chat. 
  • It scrolls up on the lower left of your screen.
  • To read it again, click the Nearby Chat button (bottom left).
  • You can scroll the window that opens."
  • ----
  • "Things may also tell a little about themselves in floating text.
  • You will see floating text on this sign. 
  • Other objects may have floating text--you have to get close before it will appear."

Walk: turn, walk forward

  • SignClick here to find out how to walk
  • Sign carries floating text: how to walk.
  • Sign should be clearly visible at arrival point.
  • On click: sign delivers text in local chat:
  • ---
  • "To walk forward, press the up arrow key on your keyboard.
  • To turn in the direction you want to go, press a side-pointing arrow key.
  • Other signs here give more instructions. Walk around to see what they say."

Interact with things: Sit, stand, click

  • SignClick here to find out how to sit
  • Sign carries floating text: how to sit.
  • Sign should be at some distance from the arrival point.
  • Next to the sign, put a seat with a sit script.(without optional poses).
  • On click: sign delivers text in local chat:
  • "To sit on something, right click it and click sit on the menu that drops down. 
  • Try that on the nearby seat. 
  • When you sit, a stand button will appear lower left.  Guess what that does." 

View control: Zoom,look around without moving your avatar.

  • SignIf you are sitting, click here to find out how to look around easily.
  • Sign caries floating text: Zoom and roam.
  • On click: sign delivers text in local chat:
  • "Hold down the Alt key* and click on a nearby object.
  • Keep the Alt key down and move the scroll wheel on the mouse.
  • You can zoom in or out this way.
  • Keep the Alt key down and press the left-pointing arrow key.
  • Your view will circle around the object you clicked on.
  • As your view circles, with the Alt key still down, click on another object.
  • Repeat the steps above."
  • *Add key name for Mac users.
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