Saturday, May 12, 2007
Could you please take 5 minutes to complete this survey and share your experience teaching a course in SL?
Here's the survey URL: http://senna.sjsu.edu/survey/phpq6/fillsurvey.php?sid=2
Luo promises to compile the results and send it to the SLED listserv.
SLED Listserv, Lili Luo, 10MAY07
Thursday, May 10, 2007
Dr. Anders Sandberg, research director at Eudoxa and research assistant at the Oxford University ENHANCE Project and Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics, will talk about his recent publication together with Nick Bostrom from the Future of Humanity Institute at Oxford University
Their paper Converging Cognitive Enhancements reviews currently available technologies for cognitive enhancement and their likely near-term prospects for convergence of nanotechnology, biotechnology, information technology and cognitive science and how cognitive enhancement is ideal for achieving convergence.
The paper Converging Cognitive Enhancements is published in the Annals of the New York Academies of Science Progress in Convergence: Technologies for Human Wellbeing and edited by William Sims Bainbridge & Mihail C. Roco of the National Science Foundation.
The Eudoxa think tank is based in Stockholm, Sweden. Their focus is on discussing the societal effects of emerging technologies with dynamist thoughts on experimentation. Eudoxa has published books and reports in Swedish, Danish and English.
Taken from posting to SLED Listserv on 10-MAY-07 by Giulio Prisco
- Info Island Archipelago is funded by a diverse set of grants and the International Spaceflight Museum was co-founded by a PhD in Aeronautics?
- The two tiers for builders and scripters? Whether you buy services with micropayment or contract with professional who accept university POs, fees range from $5/hour to $80+. Fully decorated university sims are running $10,000-$20,000?
- A four-sim corner will accommodate nearly 100 avatars and may be rented by the day for as little as $40?
- The ICT Library has a demonstration rezzer tool that will let your faculty choose from dozens of classroom settings at the touch of a button?
- Stanford University has a private island used only for research and MIT purchased their island in a unique way after dealing with some legal issues with the TOS?
- You can find campus squatters in skyboxes by "Disabling Camera Constraints" and peeking up there?
- You can log visitors to your email account with a simple script and then offer them membership in your marketing group?
- Creating a "Student Peer Mentor" program may help your faculty get in and comfortable?
These are the kind of issues we will be discussing on SLED Builders.
Posted to SLED Listserv on 10-MAY-07 by Jeremy Kemp
"A big event is being planned for October in UK (ACHUB MediaCamp07), as an "unconference", but I'd love some small barcamp style socials before then, and you'd all be welcome to come along, or set your own up under the ACHUB concept.
We have the ACHUB (http://audiocourses.pbwiki.com/) wiki which has some good events already listed in, any of you can set one up too, there are some basic rules listed, follow them and you can make things happen for sharing ideas and experiences as an ACHUB.
Very informal get togethers, all about sharing, all free, all unconference style.
I'll aim to get a barcamp meet-up in London, UK, fairly soon, so watch the wiki for details. Will be great to have a beer with some of and chat away like uber geeks.
Posted to SLED Listserv 09-MAY-07 by Chris Hambly
Sarah Robbins, ("Intellagirl Tully") is the Director of Emerging Technologies for Media Sauce ( www.mediasauce.com). She writes...
One of my first projects is to help out with a focus group for the People's Burn Foundation, a national non-profit organization, working with Campus FireWatch to develop a fire and burn safety program for college students that will help reduce the number of fire-related deaths to college students.
We need your help recruiting college students to participate in the focus group. The purpose of the focus group is to gather feedback from college students after they watch an 8 minute documentary about burn injuries and to determine a campaign strategy for teaching college students about burn and fire safety. "After the Fire," a Pulitzer Prize winning documentary, follows the story of two college students tragically burned in the Seton Hall fire and their recovery process.
The focus group will last approximately an hour, beginning with the video and concluding with a feedback session.
The first session will be on May 21 at 1pm SLT at the ACHUB. All participants will receive $L300 for their time.
This is a great cause and will also provide high education value for students who choose to participate. I hope that those of you who teach media design, communication, or teaching/training will see this is a valuable opportunity to expose your students to really great digital storytelling. The video is bound to spark great discussions about the use of various media and emotional appeal in video.
If you have a summer class or students doing work in SL please forward this along. If you bring a class we'll give you an extra L$ incentive (which is always handy for class expenses).
Contact Intellgirl Tully in-world for more details.
Posted to SLED Listserv on 09-MAY-07 by Sarah Robbins
Jamison is teaching the pilot which now includes 20 educators, half faculty and half administrators, one fourth with prior SL experience and 3/4 full-blown noobs.
Contact "Virtual Bacon" in-world for more details.
Taken from posting to the SLED Listserv on 09-MAY-07 by John Jamison
Wednesday, May 9, 2007
The course will run from June 4 - July 27.
For more information, please see the web site www.bmoseley.com/projects06/ for more information.
Posted to SLED Listserv 09-MAY-07 by Bill Moseley
The purposes of the project are educational and the development of the island has been utilised in a wide range of undergraduate and graduate media programs.The methodology is a wholehearted experiment in learning by discovery.
This weekend Helsinki is hosting the Eurovision Song Contest. The video students at Arcada are working with a number of other institutes to broadcast live coverage all week over cable, online and using mobile television. The digital media students are working with the Institute for Technology Tallaight, Dublin to create the annual Semano Semano festival in La Mentala Rosario in Second Life.
This will take place over ten consecutive nights in Second Life (a night being the hour of darkness in each of the six daily cycles).
There will be live streaming from the streets of Helsinki. There will be a regularly updated photo exhibition with photographs from around Europe: an exhibition as live group blog. There will be sky-diving contests. There will be nightly treasure hunts. There will be mass demonstrations of the Rosarian national dance - done in full Rosarian National Costume.
There will be nightly discos featuring a test transmission from LaVoco - the 24 hour radio station launching in Rosario in August 2007, and transmitting throughout Second Life.
There will be guided tours of Rosario, and the usual assortment of freebies. There will be prizes including 3 free apartments for life!
The slurl for Moyeno Valo, the party site, is http://slurl.com/secondlife/Rosario%20B2/159/233/41/
More tomorrow - and please try to drop in at some point. We are running on ten consecutive "nights" so that everyone in every time zone gets a chance to experience the pleasures of the grizondi teleporting network, and other delights.
Posted to SLED listserv on 09-MAY-07 by Owen Kelly
Can you believe that in just a few short weeks, the VERY FIRST inworld conference of educators will take place??
- Are you planning to attend?
- Do you want to present?
- Does your college/school/program want a stand?
- Do you play a game that you want to share?
It is OK if you are new to SL or if you can't be there all day. It is ok if you don't yet have students inworld. And it is OK if you just want to drop in for one or two sessions. Among the long list of talented keynotes and speakers, we have the awesome and lovely Intellagirl Tully and IBM's Chuck Hamilton.
Even if you are only popping in to see one session, we would like to know to expect you (to make sure we have enough chairs and all). As of right this moment, we are expecting about 300 people. ISN'T THAT AWESOME??? But, we want to make sure we have enough room for YOU!
PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE register on the wiki at http://slbestpractices2007.wikispaces.com/
If you would like to showcase your work in some way, you can submit your awesome ideas via the wiki, as well.
We hope to see you there!
Posted to SLED Listserv on 09-MAY-07 by Beth Ritter-Guth
Tuesday, May 8, 2007
One does not need to be in SL to bid. The bid forms (which have links to pictures of items) are linked from: http://www.oero.soe.vt.edu/sl/index.html
More detailed instructions are found at the SL site and on the bid forms. Going to the SL allows bidders to learn more about the tools on which they might be bidding. The SLURL is: http://slurl.com/secondlife/Eduisland/121/127/23
The following items are available:
1) Many tools useful for educators, donated by Eloise Pasteur, Dagmar Kojishi, Dedric Mauriac, and Ann Enigma
2) A Retail Holodeck Room (with 40 scenes) donated by Bishop Carroll
3) Artwork by Alchimia Jewell and Professor Believeau
4) Misc. furniture
"Virtual campuses are springing up in Second Life, as universities discover the advantages of cyberspace."
Posted to SLED Listserv (08-MAY-07) by Andy Fossett
Title: "Immersive and Web-Based Virtual Learning Environments: Bridging the Gap with Sloodle".
...and the formal announcement:
The School of Library and Information Science at San Jose State University is pleased to invite you to attend our continuing Colloquium Series featuring SLIS faculty and invited guests, as they address the challenges and promises of our rapidly changing profession.
Our final Spring Colloquia 2007 speaker is:
Dr. Daniel Livingstone
University of Paisley, Scotland
School of Computing
Title: "Immersive and Web-Based Virtual Learning
Environments: Bridging the Gap with Sloodle"
Wednesday 16 May 2007
Noon to 1:00 pm (SL time)
304 Clark Hall
SJSU campus in San Jose
This will be our first live colloquium available on SecondLife. Please join us there at
Prepare technically in advance to participate in this live venue by visiting http://slisweb.sjsu.edu/sl for set-up instructions, technical assistance, and orientation
To access the entire Spring program, visit SLIS's homepage at http://slisweb.sjsu.edu/, where you will also find a complete webcast archive of previous Colloquia presentations.
Posted to SLED Listserv (07MAY07) by Jeremy Kemp
Monday, May 7, 2007
The first is tonight at 4:30 SLT -
Religion in SecondLife, presented by me (Kim Chihuly) and Austra Soleil (RL: Austra Zubkovs, a senior in my department)
Park Communication (219, 51, 28)
Tuesday (tomorrow) at 10:00am SLT -
Intellectual Property and Virtual Worlds by Shmapple Patrono (RL: Mike Palumbo, a senior in my department off to law school in the fall)
Park Communication (92, 113, 29)
Tuesday (tomorrow) at 5pm SLT
a live video presentation by 2 more seniors from the Park School of Communication. This presentation is on facebook.
Park Communication (92, 113, 29)
Posted to SLED Listserv (07-MAY-07) by Kim Gregson
Taken from posting by Sean FitzGerald (04-MAY-07) to SLED Listserv.