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After Frustrations in Second Life, Colleges Look to New Virtual Worlds - Technology - The Chronicle of Higher Education
The thrill is gone and SL is sliding away. East to predict. Watch Sun's version. The break point will be the ability to collaborate deftly.
sl  secondlife 
february 2010 by mcmorgan
Whatever happened to Second Life?
Reentering SL, writer finds it pretty vacant now that gambling's been banned and the adult interactions have been moved to another space. Comments suggest that there are still events going on in academic spaces.
sl  de  secondlife  history  socialmedia 
january 2010 by mcmorgan
Immersive Education Initiative London Summit 2009 : Wonderblog
We ran this session more like a participative workshop (hence the lack of suitable recording) in which we asked the audience members to identify the current issues facing the deployment of Virtual Worlds in education (not just Wonderland).

We broke the audience into three user categories: educators, developers and learning technologists and asked them to identify the issues particular to them.

Here's the Educators' list of issues:
SL  immersivelearning 
may 2009 by mcmorgan
Wonderblog post
People who are "radically co-located" - working together in the same space - are almost twice as productive as those who are distant. This is due to awareness of others actions, gestures, and gaze, as well as the ability to have impromptu conversations. In real life, we judge how to behave towards others based on the distance they stand from us when talking coupled with other subtle social cues, such as eye gaze.
wonderland  SL  virtual_environments 
april 2009 by mcmorgan
Croquet Project - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The strength behind Croquet is the shared distribution of worlds: not centralized, but peer to peer. Croquet works by employing the principle of replicated computation (synchronization) together with a peer-based messaging protocol that makes it possible to coordinate the activities of people within virtual worlds without the requirement of maintaining central server resources (other than those needed for specialized data and institutional middleware services).
sl  croquet  simuations 
november 2008 by mcmorgan
The Future of the Internet is not Secondlife
Brief consideration of open source immersive environment. Don't buy an island; buy a new server.
sl  croquet  simuations 
november 2008 by mcmorgan
Crossing the (Digital) Line :: Inside Higher Ed :: Higher Education's Source for News, Views and Jobs
how can faculty reveal more about themselves without compromising professional roles and responsibilities?
sl  teaching  twwt 
may 2008 by mcmorgan
Colleges Are Building in Second Life, but Is Anyone Visiting? - Chronicle.com
"But are those campuses attracting enough visitors to make the investments worth it?" The issue need to include whether study is making any inroads. 'Course, it's cheap to simply visit SL to chat. No campus necessary.
sl 
august 2007 by mcmorgan
The Long Tail: Why I gave up on Second Life
A pretty good recap of some of the issues re: second life and interaction there. By the sound of it, SL just gets boring to work in.
sl  web2.0 
august 2007 by mcmorgan
Storygeek » Blog Archive » Second Life Is Not Empty
The focus is on business, not education, where lots of space can be a virtue.
sl 
july 2007 by mcmorgan
Teachers Buzz Jul 23 Transcript - Teachers talk about avis
CDB Barkley: But with all the activity people put into appearances, does it feed the perception of Sl as something silly?" Some interesting observations about reputation - and just as hard to read as any MOO transcript.
sl 
july 2007 by mcmorgan
secondlife's bookmarks on del.icio.us
I should have looked here earlier: This a del.icio.us collection maintained by Pathfinder Linden. Focus will be on the positive side of things and limited to Linden's sense of topic, but it's a starting point.,
sl 
june 2007 by mcmorgan
Puritan's Guide to Second Life
A general blog on SL, but includes sidebar links to newbie and educator resources.
sl  education 
june 2007 by mcmorgan
The Chronicle: Wired Campus Blog: MIT's Virtual Dormitories for Freshmen
Since Calse western, using SL as a recruitment / orientation device has become de rigeur. All the trendy universities are using it. But who's going to be around in rl?
sl 
june 2007 by mcmorgan
The Story of My “Second Life”
Blog documentation of an educator's immersion in SL. kjarrett.
sl  education 
may 2007 by mcmorgan
Semano Semano - an SL event, part 1
An account of setting up an hosting an event in SL, with a focus as a practice run for teaching how to stage virtual events. One aspect of SL is promotion, and one educational aspect it to teach virtual promotion. Watch for The Virtual Apprentice
sl  education  commerce 
may 2007 by mcmorgan
European Union to open office in Second Life at NevilleHobson.com
Why? Because "Overall, citizens of EU states make up just over 51% of the 4.275 million members of Second Life." US is only 31.19%. But review the comments for some critiques of the space.
sl 
may 2007 by mcmorgan
HP: Interviewing in Second Life - Valleywag
Not sure what to make of HP: Is this an attempt to up the caché of SL?
sl  education 
may 2007 by mcmorgan
SECOND LIFE: Virtual world's supposed economy is 'a pyramid scheme' - Valleywag
The high cost of doing business in SL. What's happening to the institutions that are investing $30k into the place?
sl 
may 2007 by mcmorgan
Case Western Reserve U. Builds Virtual Campus to Woo Prospective Students
"Administrators at Case Western recently built a virtual version of the campus in Second Life" for campus tours. $30k, with no evidence that the sim increased enrollment. Unis are about pedagogical innovation.
sl  education 
may 2007 by mcmorgan
Jenkins: A Second Look at Second Life
Another response to Shirky, and a consideration of the cultural importance of SL "I am pretty sure that the value of the web/net lies in asynchronous communications and that real time interactions -- whether we are talking 3d or skype -- will always repr
sl  education 
may 2007 by mcmorgan
Second Life: the new Disney or vaporville?
An anthropologist tarts with Shirky to compose a critique of SL finds it vaporville, "a stage without actors."
sl  secondlife 
may 2007 by mcmorgan
Seeing No Progress, Some Schools Drop Laptops - New York Times
This is hot in discussion on tech rhet for the moment. I'll wait for the evidence of the study.
twwt  sl 
may 2007 by mcmorgan
The schome website
The Open University's entry to teen and adult grids, and support sites for SL.
sl  education  ou 
may 2007 by mcmorgan
Second Life University - MSN Encarta
More balanced than I expected, the article is generally touts "the future's so bright" but it does touch on pragmatic concerns.
sl  education 
april 2007 by mcmorgan
4 Corners Broadband: You Only Live Twice
ABC documentary of SL including interviews w/ the major players and support material.
SL  education 
april 2007 by mcmorgan
The phony economics of Second Life | The Register
Second Life's servers - which are hosted exclusively by Linden Lab - can only support between 50 and 100 avatars in one place at one time.
sl  education  economics 
april 2007 by mcmorgan
My big, fat, lily-white Second Life | The Register
SL reflects a slice of life: a very white, Protestant, progressive, bourgeois slice. I can't recall if it was in Paul Fussell's Class, or Lisa Birnbach's The Official Preppy Handbook that I encountered the fine observation that it is the upper middle clas
sl  socialpractices 
april 2007 by mcmorgan
Is this the age of the online avatar? - USATODAY.com
"It becomes a kind of vanity fair," and Fantasy playgrounds actually don't work particularly well as social networks, and Still, immersion has its whole-hearted backers. Sarah Robbins, an English instructor at Ball State University in Muncie, Ind., sees
SL  education 
march 2007 by mcmorgan
Interview with Milosun: How NOT to teach in Second Life
ITC library stores most of the educational resources in SL
SL  education 
march 2007 by mcmorgan
Infoblog: Second Life and Libraries: What's the point?
s a volunteer for the Second Life Library, I staff the main library on Info Island I for two hours once a week, greeting visitors, giving mini tours and answering questions.
Sl  socialpractices  library2.0  workinginsl 
february 2007 by mcmorgan
Independent> Media > Interview with SL Reuters chief
Adam Pasick, 31, is the Reuters bureau chief in the virtual world of Second Life. Born in Ann Arbor, Michigan, h
sl  secondlife  media 
february 2007 by mcmorgan

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