Magnolia gardens of knowledge.
A demonstration of introductory training
on the parts (of anything)
A demonstration of using OpenSim affordances (a DTA) to provide introductory learning about any topic with concrete (visible) parts. This demonstration introduces the parts (here garden plants), showing 3D images of them in a typical location (situated learning). The images have links to detailed information, starting with the technical name. Suggestions are offered for using such a place for name-to-object learning and for testing the level of learning.
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- This garden shows how a virtual place can be set up to introduce a subject.
- Almost any course of instruction begins with at least one unit about the parts.
- The learner should be able to name any instance of an important part.
- The learner should be able to find instances of a part when given the name.
- If the part has normal locations the learner should Initially seek instances there.
- A Digital Teaching Assistant (DTA) in MUVE (virtual world): What would it do?
- Magnolia gardens has several scripted DTAs as illustrations of DTA use.
- Video of VWMOOC19 Field trip to Magnolia Gardens:
- Interactive Digital Teaching Assistants in Open Simulator
- The Digital Teaching Assistant (DTA) for MUVES (virtual worlds): Summary
- Go to this HG address:
ima outpost alpha
- Put the HG address in the Find bar of the world map, click Find, TP
- To get to the Gardens, walk into the walkin TP sign
- The VWMOOC19 visits Magnolia gardens.
- The figure on the left is a non-playing character scripted as a beginner's DTA.
- On click, the DTAs give starting information about the place or about using the place.
- A video of the visit is here: VWMOOC19
Magnolia gardens of knowledge
Welcome to this demonstration of how a virtual world (MUVE) can be used for instruction. You will find various plants commonly planted in gardens. Most plants here know their names. Some may show their names in text floating above them. A click will open the plant's descriptive web page in the site of The National Gardening Association.
These gardens show how a virtual place can be set up to introduce a subject. Almost any course of instruction begins with at least one unit about the parts. The learner needs to be able to name any instance of an important part and, given the name, to find instances.
Early learning objectives
To begin most courses of instruction, students need to learn about the relevant parts. When those parts are visible, the learners need to be able to name the part on seeing it. And they need to be able to recognize the part when given the name. It is a special kind of language learning.
A more advanced DTA version might be scripted to fade the support for visitors at higher skill levels. That version would work with registered users who could be identified on each visit. The plants would be relocated frequently so that location cues could not be part of the learning.)
For instruction, the DTA would challenge to the registered user (with assistance off):
- "Enter the name of the plant with the arrow pointing to it.*
- "Find the Croton and click on it."
- "What is the favored temperature range for the Croton?"
The DTA could record and report (to the instructor) the presence and performance of each registered user.
Learning principles that can apply here
- Social learning (search)
- Social learning (Wikipedia)
- Situated learning (Wikipedia)
- Situated learning (search)
- Spatial memory (Wikipedia)
- Spatial memory (search)
- Concept maps (search)
- Concept maps (Wikipedia)
- Roadmap (search)
- Roadmap (Wikipedia)
Making a DTA MUVE to teach beginners
- The relevant objects can be images or 3D objects (as here).
- The scripts (already available) get appropriated changes and are put in the objects
- The scene is an image suited the subject. For geography it would be a map.
- The objects are placed as needed on the scene.
- If location is not relevant, it is randomized frequently.
- The record and report functions are TBD; the coding is routine.
- The DTA region can be saved as a file (OAR) and installed in another Opensimulator Grid.
- There are many people in opensim who could create MUVE to fit a given subject
Where might this kind of DTA be used?
- Biological taxonomy (at any taxonomic level)
- Anatomy (good for learning location as well as appearance)
- Physiology (The link can instruct on function.)
- Parts of speech (grammar learning in a first or second language)
- Geography (good for learning location)
- Architecture: (You can move all around the buildings)
- Language: (Low cost immersive language learning at home.)
Not the end
- Other instructional features are being added to Magnolia Gardens:
- Demonstration and practice in procedures.
- Beginner instruction in how to use a virtual world for learning.
- Coaching in project management
- Coaching in group participation.
- The open source farm system, Satyr Farm, provided extensive support for the development of Magnolia Gardens.
- Getting Started with Satyr Farm
- EDU: IMA: Metaverse Yard Sale / Satyr Farm Exhibit with IMA extensions
- Articles about IMA in this blog
Signs can give instructions
- Signs are probably most useful to give concept maps or procedural maps
- VWMOOC19 looks around Magnolia Gardens
- An automated attendants. They walk around talking to themselves.
- The conversation is not very informative now, but it could be.
Another DTA by the stove
- The DTA does not have to be in human form.
- The advantage of human form is that it catches attention effectively.
- Another automated attendant.
- She and R2D2 could talk about specific plants by name.
- They could talk to each other about the plants.
- That would demonstrate the importance of knowing names.
- We need a unique name for everything we are going to talk about.
- And everyone in the conversation must call the thing by the same name.
We assemble by the Croton
- If you learned what the Croton looks like you would know where to go.
Azalea and R2D2
- These non-playing characters tend to the plants
A row of ornamental plants
- The plants in this area are learning targets.
Complicated instructions here
- Here the instructions are for apple cider.
- They could be for any complicated procedure.
- To succeed, a student has to do it right.
- Just as in a chemistry lab.
- But it does not use up any supplies.
- And nobody is in danger from mistakes.
DTA content pages
- DTA content pages: The plan: Initial DTA content on the web here
- Ingrid (within a grid) Travel tips for OpenSimulator . A DTA content page
- Develop your contacts list. DTA content page
- Basic skills needed for attending a meeting or class in a virtual world. DTA content page
- Search tips from a digital coach: DTA content page
- Travel tips for the Hypergrid. A DTA content page
- Firestorm settings for beginners. A DTA content page
- Newcomer welcome coach (1): Basic skills needed promptly
- A Digital Teaching Assistant (DTA) in a MUVE (virtual world): What would it do?
- A digital teaching assistant (DTA) in a virtual world. Can it be done?
- Digital coaching is needed for the DTA: Do we have the technology for that?
- Online education, sure. But why a virtual campus? Why in a virtual world (MUVE)?
Possible services, education
- Digital Teaching Assistant (DTA) can run the search game: solo, teacher's game, or team game
- Edpuzzle offers DTA features and could serve as a module in Digital Teaching Assistant (DTA)
- We can reduce barriers to educational uptake of virtual worlds. Assessment of the situation
- The DTA as search coach: How does that work? Especially for project-based learning
- The Digital Teaching Assistant fits with the practice of blended learning
- F/Xual Education Services: Occupational Medicine Simulation. A HUD is a Digicoach without personality
- Error based learning in writing. Combine project-based learning with test-based learning. And maybe get a useful product out of it.
- Digicoach can support collaborative homework and study sessions
- Digicoach can support homework in virtual worlds with JIT learning, immediate feedback
- Digicoach for project-management in self-managed teams: (Note: skills to be learned in doing these tasks)
- David Lee - Design Thinking in the Classroom: How-to for project-based learning
New century education
- MOOC2019 Digital classrooms in the sky. And how a Digital Teaching Assistant (DTA) could fit in.
- Learn to be a self-starter. Self-managed learning, libraries, learning communities
- Coding and virtual worlds: a marriage made in computers. The DTA could officiate
- Learning Made in Second Life - CNDG
- Schools need 3 levels of edtech--Matt Harris, Ed.D. And how does the Digital Teaching Assistant (DTA) fit in?
- Once you hear lecture about swimming, you never forget what you learned about lectures. Talking is not teaching
- Student-thinking versus breadwinner-thinking versus entrepreneurial thinking: coming of age in school
- Just-In-Time (JIT) learning in virtual schools, maybe with DTA coaching. Language as an example
- Why a reading assignment is like a treasure hunt. And why it is not
- Suppose the real objective in school is to pass multiple-choice tests. Can a digital TA handle test-based learning?
- Immersive Technologies (Heritage Christian Online School)
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