Making sure the dual SL and OS citizen educators know about the upcoming OSCC17 event...

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Making sure the dual SL and OS citizen educators know about the upcoming OSCC17 event...

McLennan, Kay L

Just in case any educator colleagues missed seeing the announcement for the upcoming OSCC17 event (on December 9th-10th), the 2017 OpenSimulator Community Conference will be held in the OpenSimulator Community Conference Grid (or OSCC Grid) virtual world AND streamed live (@ https://gaming.youtube.com/c/AvaconOrg/live).  Also, here are just a few of the education-related highlights from the upcoming OSCC program (at http://conference.opensimulator.org/2017/program)…

  • The Liverpool & Manchester Railway circa 1830 (Graham Mills) - Presentation will detail how (in the absence of a photographic record of the railway) OpenSim is being used to model parts of the railway and adjacent areas.
  • 40 Virtual Cities Online (Christer Lindstrom) - Learn how public and private stakeholders are working together – using the OpenSimulator platform – to visualize, simulate, and plan future urban landscapes.
  • Spanish Language Learning (Martha Eugenia Lino and James Abraham) - Presentation will detail how students interact with learning objects and chatbots while strolling through a plaza or pyramid (to practice their Spanish language skills).
  • Case Study Simulations for In- and Out-of-World Use (Kay McLennan) - Learn how to create case study simulations (with NPC and chatbots) in an OpenSimulator grid and how the same simulations can be used for in-world tours and out-of-world instructional materials.
  • SLurtles Research (Carina Girvan) – Presentation profiles the research conducted on [the constructionist learning possible through] the use of shareable artifacts in virtual world learning simulations.
  • Bringing Literature to Life in OpenSim (Mary Howard and Andrew Wheelock) – A discussion of the Understanding the Holocaust Project (that correlates with the Diary of a Young Girl: Anne Frank) and the Westing Mansion Project (that correlates with the fictional story The Westing Game).
  • Developing Usable Prototypes for Serious Games in OpenSim (Rachel Umoren and Evalyn Gossett) - An overview of the development process for serious games, including prototyping, usability testing, and more.
  • Virtual Worlds Database (Alyse Dunavant-Jones, Valerie Hill, and Marie Vans) – Learn how the Virtual Worlds Database is promoting the best educational content virtual worlds have to offer, including the Digital Citizenship Museum.
Finally, if any SL colleagues need a step-by-step guide for how to register for the event and navigate around an OpenSimulator grid, see the article @ https://community.canvaslms.com/groups/higher-ed/blog/2017/11/29/opportunity-to-learn-about-virtual-world-use-in-education.


Note:  As detailed in the step-by-step guide referenced above, there will be a pre-conference Educator Meet-Up in the OpenSimulator Community Conference Grid at 5:00 p.m. SLT on December 8th.  Hope to see a large turnout from SL in the OS grid on the weekend of December 9th and 10th!


Best,

Kay


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