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Second Life Community

In order to complete this assignment you will need to do four things:

  • Join and participate in a community within a virtual world.
  • Read the Second Life Community Standards and demonstrate your understanding of them.
  • Demonstrate your understanding of the ‘permissions’ system in a virtual world.
  • Demonstrate your understanding of the need and the means for protecting Intellectual Property in a virtual world.

The evidence for all four tasks will be shown in your blog postings.

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The postings for Participating in a Community should include:

  • A description of the purpose and activities of the group (eg social, entertainment, education, discussion)
    • “VIRTLANTIS is a free resource and open community of practice for language learners and teachers in the virtual worlds of Second Life® and OpenSim. We offer free informal language learning experiences for a growing number of languages: English, German, French, Spanish, and more! All language learning activities at VIRTLANTIS are FREE.Activities which take place at VIRTLANTIS are offered by volunteers and therefore subject to change. Should you wish to offer a free language learning activity at VIRTLANTIS in exchange for access to free support and resources, simply send an e-mail to kip@virtlantis.com. To show support for receiving free language activities, we kindly ask activity participants to consider donating to individual activity organizers directly or simply expressing gratitude with a warm thank-you from time to time. 😉 Should anyone wish to donate to help pay for VIRTLANTIS SIM costs, this can be done in-world at the following location: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Knowingly/145/137/22All of my (Kip Yellowjacket’s) activities can be observed by anyone and everyone – no need for prior notification. Active participation in all activities is also welcome! Other activity organizers also tend to welcome observation/participation, but as a gesture of courtesy, please contact them beforehand to confirm this. Please know that the nature and experience of any given activity can vary greatly from session to session and is dependent on a variety of factors – technical and non. The majority of the activities which now take place at VIRTLANTIS do not aim to be experimental in nature, nor do most activities aim to prove the viability of Second Life as a platform for language learning and teaching. Moreover, our current activities do not seek to represent “optimal use of the platform for language learning/teaching”.Instead, the focus now tends to be on connecting (with) people, providing ongoing support and motivation to both language learners and teachers, offering FREE and informal learning activities (focus being mostly on providing opportunities for conversation) plus access to resources, and fostering an environment which promotes intercultural discussion and understanding. A great deal of experimentation has been carried out over the years (beginning in 2006) under group aliases like “Second Life English”, “English (ESL) in Second Life”, “Virtual World Holodecks”, etc.” (Source:Virtlantis website)
  • Descriptions of at least two occasions on which you participated with the group:

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  • A description of the purpose and activities of the group (eg social, entertainment, education, discussion)
  • Descriptions of at least two occasions on which you participated with the group:
    • Friday 6th May 2011 6pm GMT, 8pm CET, 11am SLT  – One Prim SCRIPTINGMeeting place: EduNation – Webhead’s HQ then SandboxEvent page: http://avalon-project.ning.com/events/slexperiment-basic-1-prim
      • early rise for Kiwis (and we are nocturnal creatures!!!) ! I decided not to set the alarm for this event and I still managed to wake up 15 mins before it started – that was 5.45 am, New Zealand time!!! Was it the excitement of doing something ‘outside of this life’? Was it the novelty factor? OK, I already knew the presenter/tutor, which means I also knew that it was going to be a true, professional and worthwhile session as Cybere is truly passionate about virtual worlds and their pedagogical use. Maybe it was all those factors combined that got me excited hence out of the warm bed :-). Just as I thought, it was worth the effort!
      • the content was appropriate and useful, delivered just at the right pace. As the title suggests, it was a session on creating/building basic, 1-prim objects. After making certain adjustments and adding some textures, I managed to create a sofa and a round rug! (Yeah, me, the ultimate SL novice!) I got so excited, I even started on an ottoman (no pun intended) but the first-life duties called and I had to leave the session….But, all the goodies, textures, note-cards etc. were delivered in a box, which I will go back to review and perhaps build more. I actually have a copy of the items I built in my inventory (all I have to do is find them in there ;-).
      • netiquette or is it called SLetiquette? An avatar dropped by to say Hi in the session but started having a conversation with another participant. She was rather diplomatic (the participant), so was the tutor/presenter mind you, and they simply pointed out that we were in the middle of a scheduled class, and perhaps would continue ‘chatting’ after the session. I’m including this in the blog, well, because I was more fascinated by the behaviour of the visiting avatar, (as well as being a little bit annoyed but that’ll be covered in another blog entry). There’re still many avatars who don’t seem to be aware of many things in virtual worlds, dare I say being ‘ignorant’ or simply ‘stupid’?. Is this a reflection of first-life behaviour? Is it acceptable to enter a face-to-face classroom and start talking to the students? Not to mention the fact that the visitor is a total stranger to everyone in the class….As I said, it’s a whole separate topic, that would probably require a separate blog entry. Maybe even a separate research project :-))))
      • passion, volunteers, sharing are the words to describe what I witnessed in the session (I’d like to finish this blog entry on a positive note). Everyone was passionate about learning a bit more about SL. This kind of collegiality requires a lot of sleepless nights and days! I wonder how long it took Cybere to prepare for the session. What about running the session and looking after each individual’s needs? Wow! Thank you, from the bottom of my heart (and my avatar’s heart) for sharing your passion with us. I wish I could do something, even if virtually, to show my appreciation. I hope there’ll be more opportunities, and more participants in the future. Virtual worlds are bound to flourish and improve efficiencies and methodologies in teaching and learning, in all subject areas. It’s just so much fun! It’s almost like being a child all over again, building sand castles and having pretend plays with friends. I like it and I’d like to find out more…You’ll need to read the upcoming blog entries about  SL Standards, Permissions and Protecting Intellectual Properties. Watch this space.
    • The other occasions of participating in the SLExperiments group were very brief – due to technical difficulties. But the group is highly active with a wiki and a ning (see above). It’s a pro-active group and it’s been highly motivating to join in from this side of the world. I think I only know about 3 people who actively use SL to teach languages in NZ. I hope I am wrong. Drop me a line to let us know 🙂

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The postings for SL Community Standards should include:

  • A brief description of the six standards and a link to where they can be read
    1. Intolerance
    2. Harrassment
    3. Assault
    4. Disclosure
    5. Adult groups, Regions and Listings
    6. Disturbing the peace
  • Why you think they have been created
  • How you would make sure you do not violate the standards
  • A brief description of what to do if you think that someone else is abusing the standards

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The postings for Permissions on objects should include:

  • A brief description of the different levels of permissions (Modify/Copy/Transfer)
  • Suggestions of when you might use different permissions

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The postings for Protecting Intellectual Property should include:

  • How the Permissions systems protects IP
  • A brief description of what CopyBot is and how it can/should be used
  • An analysis of ways in which creators of content can protect (or open up) their creations in a virtual world.

You can include as many blog postings as you like for assessment (or just pick the best ones!) as long as all of the above are covered. Only the postings that you identify in your google doc will be assessed for this assignment.

Your blog does not need to be a public but you will need to make it accessible to Aaron and I  and to the other enrolled students on the course.

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