2015 EDU: A school for self-study in virtual worlds. We call that a library

A school for self-study in virtual worlds.  We call that a libraryVirtual worlds offer instructional designers the opportunity to design experiences to fit their instructional objectives.  With control of the environment, the designer may be able to create an environment which meets the instructional objectives without relying on the presence of an instructor for most or all of the time.  This instruction seems well suited to meeting the needs for adult instruction.Learning how to learn | Barbara Oakley | TEDxOaklandUniversityIf you learn how to learn, you don’t need a teacher. Learning for life. Learning for livingEducation in Virtual Worlds. SummarySelf-study resources: examples  Principles of Blender Rigging and Weighting – Part IVWikipedia Google searchStanford onlineDegreedSANSSelf-Study Quizzes for ESL StudentsIVYWISELynda.com*****************************************(More after the break)***********************************Metaverse events, current and upcomingOSCC15:  Dec 5.The Grand Finale Winners announcements for MachinimUWA VIII:  Sunday 12/13 6AM SLT (note its AM!!) VWBPE Call for papers, Meet 3/9-12/2016. Proposals due by 1/17/2016WELCOME TO SEANCHAI LIBRARIESEntertainment on the HypergridHYPERGRID EVENTSHobo Reserved Sandbox on Kitely. ***********************Metaverse beginner helpMetaverse 101 Info & Tutorials for getting started in OpensimVirtual Outworlding Table of Contents. SummaryNewcomer help in virtual worldsVirtual worlds are about people. Communities, communication, shared goalsTime conversion: put time/time zone into Google search to get your time Scroll down for News, Notes, and Info******************Self-study: Low cost, easy scale-upConventional (old-fashioned) methods of instruction have probably made extensive use of self-study ever since intentional instruction was invented.  Surely since instruction for pay was invented.  In the olden days, we had textbooks and class notes for self-study.-These days, we have web pages, blogs, video tutorials, educational builds (in virtual worlds), educational games (in virtual worlds and elsewhere).  These are reproduced and delivered electronically at almost no cost per person.  -The initial production of such materials is relatively high in time costs, if not in dollars.  But some people are willing to contribute the effort, now that creative effort has become the main production cost  The main thing an educational organization can do is help people find the instruction they want.  That has always been a function of a library.-Self-study may not be adequate for all learners, but even those who need more help are likely to leave self-help instruction with an improved idea of what help they need.  Thus they would be better prepared to select the courses  they need to meet their goals.What libraries can do:  The four ates Aggregate: Collect links to instructional material.Evaluate:  Determine how useful the material will be for instruction.Curate: Organize the material so that people can find what they need.Propagate:  Publicize and provide links to the material.Why are virtual libraries an attractive place to offer self-study content? A virtual world build is like a web page, always available for self-study.You may go to a web page with a million other readers, but you are all alone.In a virtual world, you are never alone unless you want to be.Self-study does not mean you have to study by yourself.It means you chose your own learning path.    If you find other people learning what you want to learn, ask them.They may know something you don’t.You will learn by helping someone else understand what you already grasped.You will get practice in showing your capabilities. Showing your capabilities works better than showing your degreesAnd it helps build your self-confidence–or show you what you need to study.Self-study planObjective:  How will you know when you have finished?Resources:  Google search, LibrariesHelp: A librarianCollaborators:  Library’s Google communityEvaluation:  Check your objectiveObjective (what will you be able to do when you finish)Talk with confidence about the topic or skill.Use the skill in your current activitiesWrite blog articles about the topic or skill.Advise someone about the topic with confidence.Help someone develop the skill (teach)Use the skill in your current activitiesApply for a job where confident use of the topic is a required job skill.ResourcesGoogle searchGoogle search on siteGoogle search on pageGoogle advanced searchHelp from peopleLibrarianRelevant Google communitiesRelevant forums on community bulletin boardsCollaboratorsFamily and friendsCo-workersPeople from Google communities, forums, BBsEvaluationCheck your objectiveRelatedEducation in Virtual Worlds. SummaryUse your head! They always tell you that. They never tell you howNew Way to Learn Spanish, invited post by James T. Abraham, Ph.D.Virtual epidemiology investigation, Stephen Gasior on REDgridGAME: iCivics: Do I have a right?Science reports and advocacy. Ball State University honors projectsPuzzle pictures: Party game? Educational game? Mastery quiz? Quest?Gaming as training. Training as gaming. Don’t write it, put it in the action!K12 and the Texas Virtual Academy. Can you teach online?The Always Educational Conference. For Always education of the futureTeaching how-to in virtual worlds: Compensation models**********************************************************************************News and Notes***********************The Hypergrid WIP ShowThe Hypergrid WIP is a one hour “show & tell” of works in progress or recently completed. All builders from beginner to pro are invited.  Presentations are in voice and text.  For text presentations, best bring the text in a notecard and paste it into chat.  Voice presentations may be captured in video.  Stills and videos from the show may appear in this blog. Next WIP show Next WIP show: TBD  HG address below: paste into the World Map next to Find. Click Find, TPgrid.kitely.com:8002:Cookie II in Kitely: paste into Nav (top) bar of Firestorm, Enter.hop://grid.kitely.com:8002/Cookie II/68/369/22Previous Articles from the WIP show WIP on Cookie II, Kitely, 9/20 Dolls, Discos, and DiscussionWIP August 23, A conversation about being creativeThe WIP show, 7/18/2015: Virtual mobile art by Lucy AfarensisWIP Show at Hobo Sandbox on Cookie II, KitelyWIP Show, works in progress on the Hypergrid June 3, 2015Hypergrid WIP meeting. The creatives of the hypergridEntertainment on the HypergridEvents on the Hypergrid: HYPEventsEntertainment on the Hypergrid, a G+ communityHYPERGRID EVENTSHypergrid DestinationsHG links– depending on your interestsEvents on the Hypergrid: HYPEventsMaria’s OS grid survey, 2015Best metaverse communities   Arcadia Asylum All Around   G+ community: Hypergrid SafariG+ community: Metaverse ToursHypergrid Destinations*****I publish about 6 days a week, skipping 1 or 2 days in midweekFor more on topics like this, circle Selby Evans in Google+ What do we do in Virtual Worlds? Search on page with Google Chrome: Ctrl+f, search bar upper right.Google search this blog: Search bar, upper left–or:Put site:virtualoutworlding.blogspot.com at the end of the search terms What is Second Life?Annotated screen shots made with JingAll original content on this blog is Creative Commons License, attribution only. Second Life, Linden, SLurl, and SL are trademarks of Linden Research Inc. This blog is not affiliated with Second Life or anything else. Ads are from Google.Selby Evans in Kitely, Thinkerer Melville

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