Powerpoint Summary of Learning in 3D

Tonight Karl and I will be chatting with Randy Hinrich’s class at University of Washington. I prepared a summary overview of the book in PPT to get the conversation going.

Knowing Ran’s students, we will no doubt be getting into the nitty gritty on a lot of these charts but I thought I would share for others who have yet had the opportunity to browse the book.

Enjoy!

Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education Keynote

Last Saturday, Karl and I had the privilege of keynoting the VWBPE conference.

Over 5000 avatars attended the conference in Second Life and treet.tv has done a wonderful job of editing the presentations. I highly recommend checking these talks out.

Karl has a very interesting blog called “I Have Seen the Future of Conferences….and it is 3D!” that talks about his experience at VWBPE last week.

Here is the video of Karl and I in action:

Vodpod videos no longer available.

Click HERE to check out the other cool talks from the VWBPE conference.

Book Interview on Opensource.com

My good friends at Red Hat have launched a great site called opensource.com.

It’s purpose is to be a catalyst for a community that is exploring how open source principles and practices can be leveraged in business, education, government, law and life. It is a really cool site. If you are into open source, wisdom of crowds, crowd sourcing, social production or the like you should check it out.

Rebecca Fernandez interviewed me about Learning in 3D for the site. You can check out the interview here.

Week 5 of Learning in 3D Blog Book Tour

The power of social media rolls on this week with week 5 of our Blog Book Tour!

My apologies for my lack of tweet quotes (#lrn3d) this past week, I was in India teaching a program.

Here is the Line-Up for Week Five

Day Twenty-One 02/08/10 John Rice at the Educational Games Research blog.

Day Twenty-Two 02/09/10 Dan Bliton at the DC Metro ASTD Podcast site.

Day Twenty-Three 02/10/10 Connie Malamed at the The eLearning Coach

Day Twenty-Four 02/11/10 Mark Oehlert at e-Clippings (Learning as Art).

Day Twenty-Five 02/12/10 eLearn Magazine will have a review of the book.

***With special guest blog this week by Zaid Ali Alsagoff at his blog Zaid Learn

Join the tour, tweet about what you learn/know at #lrn3d and continue the discussion of Virtual Immersive Environments for Learning and Collaboration and check out the book’s web site at Learning in 3D.

Metanomics This Week!

This Wednesday Karl and I will be appearing on Metanomics to discuss Learning in 3D and where we see Virtual Immersive Worlds going over the coming few years.

Rob Bloomfield is a fantastic host and I am really looking forward to this.

Be sure to get there early…..The Metanomics SL studio fills up fast!

Hope to see you there.

Learning in 3D Nugget #23

Twitter Quote:
While geography is history in virtual worlds, space and scale are virtually unlimited. p .60

Book Paragraph:
While geography is history in virtual worlds, space and scale are virtually unlimited. While most avatars are anthropomorphized in some way, shape, or form, it is important to recognize that it is just as easy to become a white blood cell traveling through the body as it is to become a moon in orbit around a planet in 3DLEs. Unlimited space and scale integrated with new 3D visualization mechanisms for rendering complex data sets provide a sig- nificant opportunity for collaborative generative learning.

Learning in 3D Nugget #22

Twitter Quote:
In a virtual world context there is no home and away. p .58

Book Paragraph:
In a virtual world context there is no home and away. The neutrality of the virtual world context dissolves the feeling of distance or isolation that remote geographies often feel relative to the home country of the enterprise or individual. A person from the United Kingdom can drop in on a class in Asia with the touch of a teleport button. There is no travel required, no paperwork, and no advanced notice necessary. In this respect the virtual world may perhaps be even more flat than the real world.

Training 2010: Keynote Update

We had a full house tonight at Training 2010.

The audience was very engaged in the content. The conversation continued at a wonderful reception at the San Diego Convention Center with live music overlooking the bay where I also did a book signing.

Here are the charts from my presentation as promised:

All round a wonderful evening in San Diego. It is such a rush to see all the work that Karl and I did last year come to fruition at events such as this.

Learning in 3D Nugget #21

Twitter Quote:
The overarching differentiating sensibility that avatar-mediated inter- action brings to the learning equation is engaging embodied interaction. p .58

Book Paragraph:
The overarching differentiating sensibility that avatar-mediated inter- action brings to the learning equation is engaging embodied interaction. In the earlier learning vignettes, Jane’s disembodied virtual representation is a largely emotionless emoticon that is limited to giving a thumbs-up, a clap of the hands, an animated laugh, or a simple smiley face. In the 3DLE context, however, Jack’s avatar is clearly a digital extension of his physical self—one that his fellow avatars recognize and interact with on an ongoing basis, whether in a learning or a work context