The article “How Second Life Affects Real Life” talks about ways in which qualities that are acquired in second life and be displayed in real life. The author, Kristina Dell, talks about various researches done at Stanford University Virtual Human Interaction Lab. The head of lab, Jeremy Bailenson explored different ways in which self-perception affects behavior. From his study, he suggests that qualities like confidence and insecurity can have an effect on how you behave in the real world; often time’s people are unaware of this change.
Wanted to let everyone know that we’ll be using the UK Island as home base for our A&S Wired short course (A&S100-008) – Between Shadow and Light in a Global Village: Co-mingling in Physical and Virtual Worlds. (Here’s the syllabus, if you’re interested in seeing more details about the class objectives and the technologies we’ll be using.)
There will be about 25 first year undergraduates from the A&S Wired living learning community in Keeneland Hall working on a group project focused on the many different dimensions of international communities in Second Life. They will be looking for aspects of what the sociologist Elijah Anderson calls, The Cosmopolitan Canopy. We will be guided in our explorations often by the teachings of the philosopher Kwame Anthony Appiah who wrote so persuasively about the concept of cosmopolitanism.
See more about all this at our class blog, http://ukshadowlight.wordpress.com/. We’ll be playing with “bio-cubes” on the island after spring break – contact email@example.com if you want to facilitate… or just come and play!
Check out the article describing the collaboration between Dr. Jennifer Wilhelm, PIMSER Outreach Professor, UK College of Education, and Winthrop Professor Grady Venville, the inaugural Professor of Science Education at University of Western Australia.
They met together with Dr. Wilhelm’s class of pre-service math teachers in their UKy Second Life classroom to talk about their science findings – and Dr. Venville writes that she found the added bonus of using an avatar to talk online live with students from another university to be intriguing.
Dr. Venville writes: “The lesson was a great success because it enabled ‘live’ discussion across the hemispheres which is an enriching experience when trying to understand and explain the phases of the Moon. Our goal is for these pre-service teachers to see the ‘added value’ that platforms like second life can bring to teaching…”
They plan to try and bring together their two classes next time – a combined meeting of aspiring teachers in Australia and in Kentucky. Great things are ahead!
On Friday, October 28th, Dr. Philipp Kraemer presented “An Introduction to Second Life: A New Tool for Education and Research” as a part of the UK Psychology Department’s Cognitive Learning and Performance Cluster.
With the help of the UK Libraries and two undergraduate psychology students, Professor Kraemer has replicated a classic psychology research study in Second Life.
A good time was had by all.
Ricetopher Freenote (Dr. Christopher Rice) and Kezia1618 Landar (Dr. April Richardson) will join Wildcat Thursday (Patsy Carruthers) and Alice Burgess (Beth Kraemer) in-world for a brief presentation to the Fall Internet2 meeting. The focus will be Second Life as a K-20 tool that requires high-speed Internet access. Here is a description of our 15-minute session:
Virtual Anatomy and Political Science in Second Life – University of Kentucky uses its space in Second Life to support teaching and research projects as well as special events. April Richardson, Ph.D., (Kezia1618 Landar) teaches a virtual anatomy lab in SL, and Christopher S. Rice, Ph.D., (Ricetopher Freenote) has used SL to support his course American Political Thought, in which students explored political theory concepts in the built and social environments of Second Life. Visit UK’s SL project and link to resources and UK Island in Second Life at http://ukisland.wordpress.com/
Our session starts at 8:45am Eastern time (5:45am SLT) on Monday, Oct. 3, 2011, in the virtual WT Young Library. We will visit the virtual anatomy lab, as well (photo of lab building, which is next to the library). There are two ways to join us, but be aware that some challenges exist and, depending on how you attend, you may not hear all parts of the presentation.
- Join us in Second Life*. We’ll start at the virtual WTY Library on University of KY Island and we’ll move to the virtual anatomy lab to wrap up. If you join us here, you will not hear Wildcat’s introduction; you will only hear the in-world presenters. Since Wildcat’s portion is very short, at the beginning, then you won’t miss much. We’d love to have you there to observe! (Please refrain from discussion if you attend in-world; we have only 15 minutes to present and will not have time for Q&A.)
- Join via streaming for I2 Meeting attendees at https://www.mcnc.org/video-streaming/Internet2Members.
On Tuesday, September 6th at noon (Eastern Time), people from all over the world will be gathering at the UK Second Life Island in the Perennial Peace Garden. Anyone on the UK Campus who wants to learn how to get a Second Life account and navigate around can meet with Jen Bartlett in The Hub at the W.T. Young Library.
SECOND LIFE FACILITATORS:
Ellie Brewster: SL Minerva Island director, OSU Women’s Studies professor Sharon Collingwood
Joe Cupola: Joe Floyd in RL, Librarian at University of South Florida
Oggie Ballinger: David Horror, IT consultant, University of Louisville
Kate Miranda: Music Island in SL
Leyla Longfall: Jessica Anderson, Gaines Fellow and Perennial Peace Garden developer
Bella Yan: Randolph Hollingsworth, UK Division of Undergraduate Education
Wildcat Thursday: Patsy Carruthers, UKIT Academic Technologies
Hazzard Messerchmitt: Matt Hazzard, UKIT Academic Technologies
Alice Burgess: Beth Kraemer, UK Libraries IT
Ginevra Merlin: Jen Bartlett, UK Libraries, The Hub
noon – 12:30 p.m. Gathering of inworld participants/mentors to view the Nation of Nations exhibit in the Perennial Peace Garden (the SLurl to teleport directly to the Garden is at http://bit.ly/oAIXiY), tour the UK SL island if you want and get to know each other.
12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Offer mini-workshops on SL avatar basics at various places around the Garden (one-on-ones ideally, but small groups if necessary) regarding how to adjust sound, view, touching items to make the scripts work, etc. Ellie Brewster (OSU’s Minerva Island director and Women’s Studies professor Sharon Collingwood in RL), Joe Cupola (aka Joe Floyd in RL, Librarian at University of South Florida), Oggie Ballinger (aka David Horror, IT consultant, University of Louisville), and Kate Miranda (of Music Island in SL) have offered to help visitors learn how to use the various technologies and access the audio-visual stream simulcast of the UK Core Celebration beginning at 1 p.m. These inworld mini-workshops will be aided and abetted by the wonderful folks led by Jen Bartlett in the UK Libraries “Hub” where the SL client is installed on public computers. Bella Yan
will be inworld and her view will be projected on the screen in the WTYoung Auditorium (Room 1-62) for the folks at the UK Core ceremony who are curious about all this.
1 – 2 p.m. We will watch the simulcast of the UK Core ceremony taking place in the W.T. Young Library (thank you Patsy, Ben, Chris, Beth, Matt, Dwight and everyone else who has been so wonderful in helping to make this work inworld!) which concludes with a statement by the artist, Marjorie Guyon, and a challenge from JJ Jackson, our V-P for Institutional Diversity, for all of us to respond to the Nation of Nations exhibit personally.
2 – 2:30 p.m. For those who want to stay and participate, we invite avatars to interact with the Nation of Nations VoiceThread (see the assignment we’ll be asking people to do both at the W.T. Young Library and inworld at the Garden to do – http://nationofnations.wordpress.com/learn-and-teach/believe/) and/or be interviewed by Wildcat TV journalists via Bella Yan with a microphone set up in the UK Library auditorium where we will be projecting the activities in SL for those interested in seeing the inworld component to the celebration.
Please let Randolph Hollingsworth (firstname.lastname@example.org) know if you have any questions – we hope to see everyone there either inworld or via the UK website where the ceremony will be streamed (www.uky.edu/GenEd).
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The University of Kentucky’s W. T. Young Library is now hosting a major 10-panel art work titled “Nation of Nations,” installed in recognition of a central theme of UK’s new general education curriculum to be implemented in fall 2011. “Nation of Nations” is the work of Lexington artist Marjorie Guyon. A UK press release provides more information about the art installation and its relationship to UK’s new general education program, UK Core.
A celebration of the exhibit and UK Core will take place this fall semester at the W. T. Young Library, and you and your students are invited to the event.
The event will also welcome to campus UK’s new president, Dr. Eli Capilouto. President Capilouto will offer opening remarks. The event is scheduled for Tuesday, September 6, from 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. in the W. T. Young Library and will be streamed live into the UKy Island’s Perennial Peace Garden.
UK 101 students who attend the event may complete an assignment as one of the three required UK 101 assignments related to campus events. The work group planning the fall celebration has built a “Nation of Nations” website (http://www.nation-of-nations.com) that includes a link to a teaching resource page. Faculty are encouraged to assign either of the two assignments found on the teaching resource page as the reflective follow-up to their attendance at the Young Library celebration on September 6. The two projects are:
Please contact Dr. Randolph Hollingsworth (email@example.com) in the Division of Undergraduate Education for more information about the teaching resources related to the “Nation of Nations” initiative.
Thanks to Mark Schneider for this description of a recent class meeting on UK island!
Course: EDC543-201 Digital Game-Based Learning
Instructor: Joan Mazur
TA: Mark Schneider
Digital Gamed-Based Learning (DGBL) is a method of instruction which uses interactive computer games with educational content. One example of DGBL is the POD game, where you are responsible for dispensing medication in the middle of an Anthrax event.
For this particular class in Second Life, students were introduced to the concept of building. First the concept of PRIMS was explained, along with their benefits and limitations. Although it was outside the scope of the class, LSL was briefly discussed. One, two and multiple prim objects were displayed. Finally, the students were instructed to stand behind a black line and face toward the instructor. Ten students participated in building a one prim stool, a two prim vase, and finally a five prim table. YouTube videos were provided prior to this training, allowing students to view how these constructions were accomplished.
The students did exceptionally well. The highlight of the building was one student modifying her table to make a ping pong table, complete with paddles, net and ball. It was very impressive.
Afterward, students remained in the sandbox, experimenting with various shapes, sizes and textures.