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MUVE Locations

Best Sites for Education in Virtual Worlds

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MUVE location – Skills Hyperdome (SL)

SLURL:

  • Why you chose it (Who built it?)
    • to use the location for my teaching (conducting interviews, for EAL learners)
    • Isa Goodman
  • What functionality/interactivity it provides (i.e. what do avatars DO there)
    • avatars can develop their appearances
    • have a fashion show on the catwalk
    • read up information
    • conduct interviews
  • How it looks/how is it built/how much scripting there seems to be
    • highly complex…
    • it is built…
    • the amount of scripting
  • How it compares to others
    • it has an educational purpose
  • What your impressions of it are
    • feel welcomed immediately
    • sense of ‘open space’
    • intuitive – can follow my way around without having to ask

MUVE location – VIRTLANTIS

SLURL:  http://slurl.com/secondlife/Knowingly/99/141/21

  • What functionality/interactivity it provides (i.e. what do avatars DO there)
    • It’s a free language education community – where you can teach and/or learn languages, for free
    • There‘re a number of activities for learning, practising and having fun in different languages, e.g. campfire English. For more details, please see the attached pdf file
  • How it looks/how is it built/how much scripting there seems to be
  • How it compares to others
    • There’re people from all over the world, different time zones, speaking many languages
    • a sharing community, very helpful and patient with the newbies like me
    • I can’t believe it’s free, which is how it should be, to keep the languages alive & well, especially the languages that are slowly dissappearing
    • So, Virtlantis, as the name suggests, may be the last location for those minority languages.
    • It needs volunteers, and regular funding/donations
  • What your impressions of it are
    • I fell into the water the first time I teleported there!
    • Felt comfy & inviting upon arrival

MUVE location – EduNation (SL)

SLURL: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/EduNation/128/128/0/

  • Why you chose it (Who built it?)
    • It’s the second ever location I’ve visited in SL
    • The three owners Randall Sadler, Heike Philp, Paul East and Carol Rainbow (see contact information) dedicate their time and resources to provide this virtual space in a not-for-profit manner.
  • What functionality/interactivity it provides (i.e. what do avatars DO there)
    • teach and learn languages
    • the use of Virtual Worldslike Second Life for the purpose of:
      • Virtual World Telecollaboration
      • Educational Simulations
      • Virtual Classrooms
      • Class Exchanges
    • exchange ideas on teaching languages in SL
    • have conferences/workshops/paties
  • How it looks/how is it built/how much scripting there seems to be
    • Edunation I http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/EduNation/122/119/22
      • For experienced Second Life users and their own builds (15 plots)
      • “This island is for the more experienced Second Life users. It has a long tradition of crazy builds or as I may put it, residents with ‘a powerful imagination’. The plots of lands which can be rented are essentially empty spaces.”
    • EduNationIII http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/EduNation/122/119/22
      • Custom built housing available for fast and easy set-up of offices or training centers (20 plots)
      • “This island provides a set of custom built housing for educators, who do not have time to waste for setting up their virtual domicile.With a single click on a holodeck, you are able to chose from a set of housing (for the choice of housing click HERE). Free furniture is available too. You can literally set up your office or your training studio in less than an hour!” (The EduNation Wiki)
  • How it compares to others
    • educational location (therefore is similar tothe Skills Hyperdome)
    • created by one person/shared by many
  • What your impressions of it are
    • a true community of professionals who would like to advance in the world of language learning and teaching
    • using technology to enhance language learning and teaching
    • making the world a smaller place
    • just having some darn good fun!

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