April 28, 2008
Take Our SLUM Survey!!!
It's been a full term that we've had an active Second Life community with regular events. It is the right time of year to do an assessment of where we are, what's good, what needs changing, and all that. Please take our SLUM survey and tell us your ideas for how to improve our community!
April 24, 2008
SLUM Wiki & Calendar
For those of you who haven't yet seen it, we have a wiki and a Google Calendar available for more information. The wiki currently contains chatlogs and tutorials from some of our events. It also includes a threaded discussion space for people to talk about issues of interest relating to our University of Michigan Second Life Community. Remember that anything that is time-dependent should be sent to the UM email group or sent by notecard to the Second Life groups inworld.
SLUM Wiki: http://slum.wetpaint.com/
The Google Calendar is posted at the wiki as well as in Google. If you use Google Calendar, you can subscribe to the calendar or to specific events.
SLUM Calendar: http://slum.wetpaint.com/page/Calendar+of+Events
April 07, 2008
Brown Bag: Nursing ACLS Demo this Friday
Please mark your calendars. We have a very special event for the SLUM Brown Bag series this week. JS Vavoom (SL) a.k.a. John Miller (RL) will be demonstrating NESIM. NESIM is a nursing education simulator designed to allow students to practice the basics of ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support). It is a 3D interactive ACLS tutorial with simulated patients, real time data displays, appropriate systemic responses to the student's treatment decisions and more.
Here is part 1 of 5 Youtube videos showing a demonstration of the highlights.
Virtual Nursing Education in Second Life, pt. 1 of 5: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UjLDe-ca-sw
Go to Youtube for the other four sections of the video.
More information is available at his blog:
JS Vavoom: http://jsvavoom.blogspot.com/
Information about how to get to the session will be forthcoming. It is probably going to be in a secured location. You will need to join the group SLUM Brownbaggers in Second Life to get access. If you are not a member of that group and would like to attend, please send an IM to Perplexity Peccable.
SLUM Brown Bag
April 11, 2008
12-1 EDT / 9am-10am SLT
Location to be announced.
April 03, 2008
Brown Bag: Desideria Stockton on Design Choices in Building SL Educational Spaces
April 4, 2008
9-10 SLT (12-1 EDT – local Michigan time)
Dante's Inferno: http://slurl.com/secondlife/Dante%27s%20Inferno/221/6/58
Last week our SLUM Brown Bag group toured the newly released sim, Dante's Inferno - a Second Life learning space designed to model the description of Hell given in that master literary work as a tool to engage students and provide a rich learning experience. This week we are honored to meet again at Dante's to discuss with its design mastermind, Desideria Stockton, the decisions that went into the design of Dante's Inferno as a learning space.
Desideria Stockton, known in real life as Beth Ritter-Guth, is well known as one of the foremost leading educators in Second Life. She was one of the founders and organizers of the first major Second Life educational conference - Second Life Best Practices in Education.
You can read more about the Dante Project at: http://bethssecondlife.blogspot.com/
April 02, 2008
Howard Rheingold at ISTE Island
For those of you who couldn't make it to the Howard Rheingold presentation tonight at ISTE Island, Scottmerrick Oh has put up some video excerpts.
Howard Rheingold in Second Life!: http://scottsecondlife.blogspot.com/2008/04/howard-rheingold-in-second-life.html
Howard presented to a capacity crowd, which maxed out the SIM at around 74 avatars. The topic was "Cyberspace is Social!" My favorite line was "critical mass of enthusiasts," which was given in the context of attempting to bring a literate level of use of social technologies into large academic institutions, also referred to as "knowledge factories." Here is one pic of Howard arriving for the presentation.