Building on the “Steak” portion of the Web 1.0 adoption meme outlined in my last post, we held a large session with IBM’s Enterprise Learning team to expose them to SL and to discuss the possibilities of this technology for learning.
Here are a few shots of the session itself. We had just under 100 folks from around the world attend in one of our IBM Forums:
We then did tours of the IBM islands and had some brainstorming on how the first-person interface could enhance the learning experience.
After the session we ran a survey of the learning professionals to see what they thought about the potential.
Here is what they said:
58% agreed or strongly agreed that there are significant opportunities to leverage virtual worlds for learning
57% agree or strongly agreed that virtual-world technologies will enrich the learning experience
33% plan to apply virtual-world technologies to some component of their learning program within the next year
In terms of comparing application of the first-person interface instead of traditional 2D Synchronous Learning environments (i.e. Adobe Connect, Centra, Etc….) Here is what we heard from the learning professionals:
28% agreed or strongly agreed they would prefer to use the 3D environment for team meetings
15% agreed or strongly agreed they would prefer to use the 3D environment for Virtual Classroom presentations
39% agreed they would prefer to use the 3D environment for Virtual Classroom Activities or Group Activities
This data confirms some of my earlier assertions that we need to approach this technology from its sensibilities backwards rather than trying to apply it to extend the classroom model. (i.e. Virtual People in Virtual Classrooms watching Virtual PowerPoint is NOT nirvana for First-Person interface learning).