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Articles Tagged "Tayzia Abattoir"

Evaluating Realism for Virtual Supporting Characters

published by Carol Pfeifer/Tayzia Abattoir Oct 18, 2012 09:19am
I recently caught up with Catherine Zanbaka, PhD, Principal Research Engineer BAE Systems AIT.  Catherine shared  how she and a few other educators worked with a couple of PhD Students from UCSC and ran a study to test "Supporting Character Realism" (SCR) in a virtual bar in Second Life.  They had three different types of avatars -- human controlled, bots, and those with SCR. The abstract of the course was as follows: Convincing and compelling virtual environments that are populated with rich ... more...

Welcome Back NMC Virtual World Art Sims!

published by Carol Pfeifer/Tayzia Abattoir Sep 28, 2012 09:39am
Have you heard? An exciting new development has occurred!  We received not one, but TWO anonymous donors on the night of our inworld "goodbye" party to our art sims.  The donors both agreed to sponsor the sims, with one sponsoring Ars Simulacra and the other sponsoring NMC Campus West for at least one more year and perhaps more! NMC Campus West is still set up with an amazing show of early SL art from 2004 to 2007!  Please stop in and ... more...

Student Art Exhibition in Second Life: National Chiayi University

published by Carol Pfeifer/Tayzia Abattoir May 17, 2012 06:09am
Dr. Mary Stokrocki, Professor and Area Head of Art Education, Fullbright, recently shared a story with me about using Second Life for education. Dr. Stokrocki is conducting research about multi-literacies as well as cross cultural research. On April 26, while teaching on her sabbatical, Dr. Stokrocki arranged for her undergraduate students from the National Chiayi University in Minshong Taiwan to have an art exhibition opening in Second Life called Taiwan Now. The university is a combination of an agricultural school and normal ... more...

Upcoming Art Exhibit!

published by Carol Pfeifer/Tayzia Abattoir Dec 14, 2011 12:57pm
The full sim exhibit celebrates ART with MUSIC, MOTION, LIGHT & COLOR.  Join us in Second Life on Sunday, December 18th at 12pm slt. [caption id="attachment_11671" align="aligncenter" width="508" caption="STAR DANCE-Created by Gwen Carillon"][/caption] In the above 3d light sculpture, the pieces glide gracefully to mimic a beautiful dance.  You cannot see the motion and movement, or hear the music and sound of the pieces in this exhibit ...unless you drop by and see them! The exhibit can be found on the NMC Campus ... more...

Educators in Second Life: Arizona State University

published by Carol Pfeifer/Tayzia Abattoir Sep 21, 2011 06:50am
Dr. Mary Stokrocki, Professor of Art Education at Arizona State, is another NMC educator using Second Life as a platform for education. Dr. Stokrocki shares, "I use my Art Ark site on the  NMC Campus in Second Life for teaching and research in several ways:" A.  I bring my undergrads here for a 3-hour class, like an introduction teaser in the educational possibilities of Second Life.  My site shows sculptural forms of architecture. B.  I formulate my teaching as a series of art ... more...

Immersive Experiences in Second Life

published by Carol Pfeifer/Tayzia Abattoir Jul 27, 2011 04:26pm
Part 3 of a 3-part series: A Virtual World, Endless Learning Potential One of the greatest assets of Second Life is the ability to connect and collaborate with people from all over the world, in real time, and in the same space. "Macbeth" is a great example of an immersive art and educational experience that was a collaboration between multiple avatars. It is a space to explore, role-play, deconstruct, and reconstruct the text of Shakespeare's Macbeth.  Exploring the island allows you to ... more...