Attended the Virtual Environments Networking conference held 29-Feb-2020 in the VirBELA Open Campus and was impressed with the content and the venue. Content focus was virtual reality technology used for K-12, University, and Workplace learning.
This is the first time I’ve seen Open Campus in a live fire conferencing exercise. Early in the presentation schedule my browser pinged and I found that one of the other attendees had checked my LinkedIn profile. I returned the compliment and sent a connect invite. I mentioned this in voice during a conference break and before you knew it there was a flurry of LI connects going off all over the place.
VirBELA venue information is available from the VirBELA Open Campus page. Our venue host was Natalia.
Conference organizer information is available from the About ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) and VEN (Virtual Environment Network) pages. My conference organizer contact was Spiff.
Presenter biographies, materials links, and videos of the presentations are available from the VEN Conference Schedule page.
Attended the Autumn 2019 class presentations of Technological University Dublin’s Virtual Environments: Is One Life Enough? course taught in Second Life®.
Four teams presented on various aspects of the topic Future Work. To reach this objective they were required to work collaboratively online, including the difficulty of arranging to meet, the challenge of holding useful discussion, dividing the workload and so on.
The course is challenging—take a look at the expected outcomes:
On successful completion of this module students should be able to:
. Access online communities and virtual environments.
. Employ your own online virtual identity.
. Manage the reputation of your personal brand.
. Engage collaboratively in a cross-cultural online environment.
. Identify appropriate online tools to facilitate and enhance online communication.
. Explain how convention and regulation underpin successful virtual communities.
. Create original online content.
. Differentiate between personal gain and professional responsibility.
You can read a summary at https://virtualenvironmentsmodule.com/
Always a pleasure to guest lecture for “Is One Life Enough” at Dublin Institute of Technology’s campus in Second Life. Course module information is at https://virtualenvironmentsmodule.com/
1. Guest Lecturer, Sitearm Madonna
2. Dean of Arts and Tourism, John O’Connor, addressing students
3. Facilitator, Locks Aichi, chatting with Sitearm and John
City-building simulation games update!
– price – $29.99 complete mac/pc downloadable edition from Origin
– multiplayer capability: you can open a region with multiple cities, distributed among you as “mayor” or open to your friends as fellow mayors. Either way you can exchange services so that individual cities can specialize.
+ can be played online or standalone your choice
– simplified utility system: electricity, water, sewage are automatically delivered via roads
– individual city sizes are limited – if you want to go mega you have to go regional
Cities Skylines 2015
– price – $29.99 complete mac/pc/linux downloadable edition from Steam
– tons of free add-on mods, which: a) keep on growing, and b) include terrain maps of selected real cities
– map/terrain editor (see above re real cities)
– you can only play standalone
– design freedom (e.g., infinite money vs. budget constrained)
– exploring and optimizing eco-living options (e.g., dirty vs. clean industry; electricity, garbage, sewage options; traffic)
– tons of tutorials/demos/play throughs on YouTube
– the possibility for us to become eco-living literate through playing or watching or commenting or all of the above these simulations
– keep linking up with the incredible 3d content and state-of-the-art user interfaces used on simulations, such as Wargaming, and real world services, such as Google Earth