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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...

Saying goodbye to the NMC Art Sims…

published by Carol Pfeifer/Tayzia Abattoir Aug 25, 2012 01:38pm
Sadly, it is time to say goodbye to the sim that houses the Aho Museum(NMC Campus West) & the sim of Ars Simulacra.  Both sims, provided by the New Media Consortium, have showcased some of the finest artists Second Life has to offer since 2006. Please join us as we celebrate the past 6 years of creativity, imagination and celebration of the arts.  We will travel down memory lane and visit art from as early as  2004 to current day art ... 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...

Triple A Learning Opens NMC Cybercampus

published by Carol Pfeifer/Tayzia Abattoir Mar 6, 2012 09:18am
Triple A Learning, a company that produces online workshops for International Baccalaureate and other teachers, has opened a cybercampus on the NMC's Teaching 2 sim! Triple A's new Second Life location will be used in conjunction with training modules produced by David W. Deeds, a longtime NMC lessee and member, whose current school's virtual facilities are on the nearby sim of Teaching, also located on the NMC Campus. Their virtual campus participation is evidence that international school educators are becoming increasingly interested ... more...

Join Global Kids for their Upcoming Live Second Life Show!

published by Carol Pfeifer/Tayzia Abattoir Jan 10, 2012 08:37am
Global Kids will once again gather in Second Life to produce and take part in a live virtual world talk show called "Let's Talk Sustainability." We would love for you to take part in Let's Talk Sustainability as audience members,  this Friday, January 13th from 5pm-6pm EST. There will be two separate shows/topics occurring back-to-back: Climate Change - What is the science of climate change?  Are there solutions to climate change that we can take action on now, or is it too late? Electronic ... 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...

Global Kids Present in Second Life

published by Carol Pfeifer/Tayzia Abattoir Dec 1, 2011 12:16pm
Recently a group called Global Kids met up in Second Life to produce and take part in a virtual world talk show called "Let's Talk Sustainability." In the first episode, Global Kids teen leaders gathered in Second Life to share a video clip from The Meatrix, as well as a slideshow describing the production of a fast food product.  They discussed the video and slideshow and shared a game where audience members were able to participate and  express their opinions on ... more...

Educators in Second Life: University of Technology, Sydney

published by Carol Pfeifer/Tayzia Abattoir Nov 17, 2011 07:21am
The University of Technology, Sydney Australia (UTS) conducted a case study in 2011 with undergraduate students in the French and Japanese intermediate language and culture subjects offered in the International Studies Program. Each class participated in a series of Second Life activities over one semester during tutorials to complement traditional weekly lessons based on textbooks and other materials.  A virtual representation of a two story furnished house was built in Second Life to simulate private space. In front of this building, four ... more...

Educators in Second Life: Fachhochschule Düsseldorf University of Applied Sciences

published by Carol Pfeifer/Tayzia Abattoir Oct 11, 2011 01:38pm
Thomas Molck, of the University of Applied Sciences shares how he uses Second Life to engage students. The information below was obtained from a paper which can be found on the university  website. Since 2007, the Department of Social Sciences & Cultural Studies at the University of Applied Sciences Düsseldorf  has been offering  courses in Second Life in the area of "culture, aesthetics, and media". The Virtual world is used as a field of work for aspiring social workers, as well as ... more...

Educators in Second Life: Capella University

published by Carol Pfeifer/Tayzia Abattoir Sep 6, 2011 07:43am
Wm. H.'Bill' Burkett, Ph.D. of Capella University explains how  they are creatively using Second Life as an educational platform. [caption id="attachment_9361" align="alignnone" width="508" caption="Capella University"][/caption] Capella University's School of Undergraduate Studies Information Technology Department is proud to be an innovator in using Second Life. One use we have for Second Life is in conducting our IT2240 Introduction to Programming. We use the Linden (Second Life) Scripting Language, which is an event driven language, as our beginning vehicle to learning  the theory of ... more...