2017 EDU: WW: Are educators leaving virtual worlds? Or just going to lower cost places?

Are educators leaving virtual worlds?Or just going to lower cost places?An article in Hypergrid Business announces “Educators sour on virtual worlds.”    That conclusion may be too sweeping, since the evidence is limited to Second Life, but it is still useful to consider whether virtual worlds are living up to the potential that they once seemed to offer.Modern classroomEducators sour on virtual worlds by NUELA ADA · AUGUST 15, 2017Educators are souring on virtual worlds, as evidenced by declining participation in online forums, in virtual conference attendances and education-related destinations on the Second Life grid…..********************************************More after the break*************************************************Metaverse events, recent and upcomingAvatar Repertory Theater (ART) prepares a frightful Halloween show.Mal Burns: Inworld ReviewHypergrid Writer’s CommunityHYPERGRID EVENTSMetaverse Jobs; Job ListingsIMA locations3D web-worlds of the browser (G+ community)Selby’s daily news collection:  Virtual worlds are real   Virtual Outworlding news collection Events on the Hypergrid: HYPEventsDestination guide: OpenSimWorldHyperica, Directory of Opensimulator hypergrid destinationsWELCOME TO SEANCHAI LIBRARIESEntertainment on the Hypergrid, a G+ communityHypergrid DestinationsHypergrid-related articles in this blog****************************Online education is not losing groundStudy: Enrollment in Online Learning Up, Except at For-ProfitsGrowth continues, although it may be slowing.Higher educationK12Activity in Second Life does not represent the metaverse as a wholeThe data shows a dramatic decline in interest in educational activities in Second Life.But the interest may have shifted to Open Simulator, because of much lower costs.Or departments could run Open Simulator on the college/university computer.The cost might be very small and the department would have complete control over access and management.Communication among educators seems to be shifting to social mediaEducation (A G+ community)A communication hub for teachers, students, and parents.202,452 members-Education: Community to discuss education (A G+ community)29,823 members-Educators on Google+95,450 members – Public-Gamification in Education11,784 members-Virtual Educators339 members-Thus a decline in communication on Second Life is not informative.The primary interest of educators is education.Virtual worlds are merely a tool they may use in support of that interest.They will not isolate their discussions to Second Life.Educator interpretations “Educators still using the environment appear to be those who are comfortable with the environment,” said Kevin Feenan, the founder of the Rockcliffe University Consortium. “What you see now is more selective and targeted use by a smaller sub-set of the educational community.”Feenan wants more features to support collaboration, event management: share files, images, video, sounds, and links. Feenan also wants  improved import and export capabilities including import and export of collaborative and group work projects.”Collaboration, file sharing–look to Open SimulatorA sim can be saved as an OAR file on your computer (if you made the contents).Opensim: Hypergrid, Search, OAR, IAR, SOAS, Kitely, Inworldz, MarketsThe OAR can be reloaded by anyone with Open Simulator software.Much collaboration in the Open Simulator community is done outworld. We use SKYPE, email, and other established methods.  Why would educators prefer Open Simulator?Lower costs: Kitely offers an area of 16 Sims for $40/month.Better service:  I can talk to the CEO of Kitely if I have a problem.  Exportable: I can save my region to an OAR file and keep it at no cost.Property rights: I have clear title to my work in Kitely.  Check the SL TOS.The lack of mobile and low-cost support is also a problem“We need to create virtual world activities that rely on low-cost phones or computers,” said Kurt Winklemann,  an associate professor in the Chemistry Department at Florida Tech. ”We have the technology to fix that.Web-worlds run in a browser.  On an iPad, Tablet, or Chromebook.Browser-viewer, progress and possibilities: Summary.Cybalounge supports user-built web-worlds.Visit Selby’s web-world. 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