SLEDcc08: Learning From Experience in Second Life

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Published on September 7, 2008

Author: AnthonyFontana

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These slides were used in-world for a presentation with Bonnie Mitch titled "Effective Strategies for Constructing Educational Experiences in Second Life". This presentation was given to an audience in Tampa, Florida at the Second Life Educators Conference 2008.

LEARNING FROM EXPERIENCE ANTHONY FONTANA BONNIE MITCHELL

TEXT CHAT too many avatars involved in one conversation often diverges into different or multiple threads avatars arriving late and leaving early from the conversation (the conversation is interrupted with welcome and goodbye messages) socialization and other off-topic conversations intermingled with the main topic other groups’ conversations within 20 meters blend into the local chat window multitasking avatars jump back and forth in the conversation without reading previous text latency – typing takes time and by the time an avatar responds, the conversation has moved on to other topics

too many avatars involved in one conversation often diverges into different or multiple threads

avatars arriving late and leaving early from the conversation (the conversation is interrupted with welcome and goodbye messages)

socialization and other off-topic conversations intermingled with the main topic

other groups’ conversations within 20 meters blend into the local chat window

multitasking avatars jump back and forth in the conversation without reading previous text

latency – typing takes time and by the time an avatar responds, the conversation has moved on to other topics

VOICE CHAT it is easier to multitask and follow a conversation while listening to someone talk the conversation is less threaded using voice chat oftentimes there are members of the group that have difficulty receiving and/or sending voice messages voice chat is still not reliable and is effected by slow bandwidth and other factors in the real world, verbal conversations are coupled with visual cues facilitating smooth transitions and an unspoken agreement on who speaks next (raising of the hand, eye contact, etc). In Second Life, no such visual cue exists therefore speakers interrupt each other and awkward moments of silence occur

it is easier to multitask and follow a conversation while listening to someone talk

the conversation is less threaded using voice chat

oftentimes there are members of the group that have difficulty receiving and/or sending voice messages

voice chat is still not reliable and is effected by slow bandwidth and other factors

in the real world, verbal conversations are coupled with visual cues facilitating smooth transitions and an unspoken agreement on who speaks next (raising of the hand, eye contact, etc). In Second Life, no such visual cue exists therefore speakers interrupt each other and awkward moments of silence occur

RL/SL EVENTS - BLENDED REALITY have at least one person available at all time to explain to the real world audience what Second Life is signage and posted instructions may be useful try to select a location that is not noisy have a person in Second Life that can assist and inform residents plan the event well and provide for alternatives if something goes wrong test all technology before the event if on campus, discuss the event with the IT department to make sure they enable access to the maximum bandwidth available

have at least one person available at all time to explain to the real world audience what Second Life is

signage and posted instructions may be useful

try to select a location that is not noisy

have a person in Second Life that can assist and inform residents

plan the event well and provide for alternatives if something goes wrong

test all technology before the event

if on campus, discuss the event with the IT department to make sure they enable access to the maximum bandwidth available

STRATEGIES FOR SUCCESS having real world-only discussions to discuss issues related Second Life is very helpful simplify the technical overhead by planning exactly what you need heads-up displays (HUDs) can be very useful for navigation, etc. setting up groups enables the facilitator to teleport all members of a meeting to another location easily what works in the real world does not always work in Second Life, for instance in Second Life students don’t like sitting in chairs and would rather stand or interact during a lecture architecture that mimics the real world is difficult for avatars to navigate through

having real world-only discussions to discuss issues related Second Life is very helpful

simplify the technical overhead by planning exactly what you need

heads-up displays (HUDs) can be very useful for navigation, etc.

setting up groups enables the facilitator to teleport all members of a meeting to another location easily

what works in the real world does not always work in Second Life, for instance in Second Life students don’t like sitting in chairs and would rather stand or interact during a lecture

architecture that mimics the real world is difficult for avatars to navigate through

ANTHONY FONTANA SL: AnthonyFontana Chevalier [email_address] BONNIE MITCHELL SL: BonnieMitchell Miles [email_address]

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