Long, interesting discussion here of what might happen when (and if) Second Life® makes its way onto the Steam gaming platform, including the old discussion of whether or not it’s a game: http://www.dgp4sl.com/wp/2012/08/steam-powered-second-life/
Thought about that as I sat through the EDUCAUSE Virtual Worlds Constituent Group meeting in Denver tonight–although I was still in Ohio :-( Sorry to hear so many of the old complaints, but in my view, virtual worlds will always be a niche market tool in education, and so what? It’s not the web, even if it turns up in a browser someday. You need a high tolerance for, maybe even an attraction to failure to enjoy working in virtual worlds, and you need a clear purpose and lots of technical and creative support. So what?
Here are a few uninteresting photos I snapped at the in-world part of the meeting plus one interesting one from a visit to the MadPea Carneval. Too bad that sound from Denver could not have been piped in world better and too bad that we could not see each other.
The Ohio Learning Network (OLN) TeachU webinar series offered a presentation yesterday on an OpenSim project for Ohio schools. You can read the presenter’s blog post here: http://www.fleeptuque.com/blog/2011/04/26/teachu-presentation-opensim-a-new-alternative-to-second-life/ and you can also view her slides on Slideshare or here:
Yesterday, i went to ReactionGrid, where my avatar’s name is Grinn Squab (LOL play on Pidgeon), hoping to be able to grid hop to the new Virtual Worlds Education Roundtable grid (VWERGrid), but something went awry–plus I had the time wrong. I had failed to figure out the UTC time in my own zone. I tried to teleport there from the ReactionGrid, anyway, but it didn’t work. Sigh.
Can’t currently login to ReactionGrid on campus, so I’ll try it again at home, and even if I can’t get to the other grid, I’ll bring back some snapshots, so you will believe that there really are other VWs out there.
12/7/10: Finally figured out how to get from one OpenSim grid to another. I’ve set my home to Chilbo in ReadtionGrid; then I went over to the VWERgrid and took a few pics, uploaded some textures for jeans and a leather jacket. Will need to figure out how to get some better hair and skin, because I’ve become accustomed to finery:
The Ohio Learning Network (OLN) is exploring opening space in an OpenSim grid, comparable to what they have in Second Life®. As noted in the recent OLN Meetup notes, the “project is still in the discussion phase.” This is all part of the education world’s reaction to the new pricing in Second Life, but should have been an option all along for non-profits. It should open up a more vigorous attention to using virtual worlds for education. Like learning a new language always makes you more aware of the finer nuances of your native language, designing and creating and hosting our own virtual spaces will take us back to the core motives and values of education in a kind of pioneering sense.
Some advantages to hosting your own virtual space are a relaxing of building limitations, such as prim size, as well as creating your own privacy and age settings. for the best information on virtual worlds exploration, see jokaydia.com and the jokaydia virtual worlds wiki. She has lots of resources for OpenSim and ReactionGrid exploration.
Will Tri-C join the OpenSim adventure? We’ll see. What would you like to see us do? Would you like to see us explore something private or join an educational grid with some other institutions?