Resources for Virtual Worlds: Teaching in Second Life for Higher Education Webinar

Media Grid: Immersive Education: The Immersive Education Initiative is an international collaboration of universities, colleges, research institutes, consortia and companies that are working together to define and develop open standards, best practices, platforms, and communities of support for virtual reality and game-based learning and training systems.

Linden Script Language – Second Life Wiki Tutorials: You will find – Beginner Tutorials, In-World Tutorials, External Tutorials, Scripting Tools Tutorials here.

Jeff Barr’s Blog: Jeff Barr is the Lead Web Services Evangelist at Amazon.com . He spends a lot of time on the road speaking to audiences comprised of entrepreneurs and software developers. He is also the originator and developer of Syndic8.com, Headline Viewer, and the Text On a Prim.

Instructables: This site is all about “Getting started in LSL scripting in Second Life.” LSL stands for “Linden Scripting Language” and is used to script the objects you will encounter and make in Second Life.
These tutorials are intended for those who have never programmed before, Second Life or elsewhere. However, the tutorials will make little sense outside of Second Life.

Creation Portal: This portal is about all things content creation-related in Second Life. Whether it’s learning the user interface to build better or discovering Resident-created tools to make cool stuff easier, it belongs here. Since content creation is such a vast field, we’re starting small and growing — please add resources you find helpful!

Bob Sutor’s Website and Blog

Virtual Worlds and the Transformation of Business: Virtual Worlds, immersive and collaborative environments on the Internet, also referred to as Web 3D, are likely to transform the global business environment. Developed out of online games, social networking, and Web services, Virtual Worlds benefit from several technologies that enhance their usefulness, including massively scaled games, avatars, cloud/on-demand/grid computing, on-demand storage, and next-generation networks.

Texture-making Programs: The purpose of this page is to increase awareness of resources that will help you texture better in Second Life. Texturing is a fundamental part of a building skill set, as evidenced when you put that dang plywood texture on everything. This list includes but isn’t limited to: programs, tutorials, and packs of textures themselves.

Torley Linden’s You Tube Tutorials: Torley Linden (formerly known as Torley Torgeson or Torley Olmstead) is a resident who works for Linden Lab as a “Resident Enlightenment Manager”. Torley answers questions in the Second Life Answers forum, assists with bug testing and helps improve the user experience in Second Life through interface suggestions and community participation (among other things).

Video Tutorials Available in Multiple Languages

2008 METAVERSE TOUR – THE SOCIAL VIRTUAL WORLD’S A STAGE Excellent You Tube overview video of virtual worlds.

Giving a PowerPoint Presentation in Second Life: If you ever plan to give a talk or presentation in Second Life, you might want to back yourself up with something like a PowerPoint presentation. The problem here is that you can’t import a PowerPoint presentation into Second Life. Except you can if you follow this tutorial.

Chapter & Metaverse: The journal of a wanderer in the 3D Metaverse.

Terraforming Basics

Beginning of the Year Tips: Five Things Students Should Know Before Creating Their Second Life Accounts

Heaton SL Resources: Would you like to learn to script or build in Second Life? Heaton has three books that will help! Each of these books can be bought for Linden Dollars (using the SLExchange links). They can also be purchased in paperback form.

Santa Clara University Law School (Media-Newswire.com) – SANTA CLARA, Calif., Jan. 21 — Santa Clara University Law School is entering another world this Thursday evening, inviting prospective students to learn about applying to the law school through a workshop taking place in Second Life, the “virtual world” inhabited by 15 million “residents” who turn themselves into cartoon “avatars.”

Silicon Alley SL Insider – What Linden Labs can do to “fix” SL.

PlayOn: Palo Alto Research Center blog about the social dimensions of virtual worlds.

Second Life System Requirements: Your computer must meet these REQUIREMENTS, or you may not be able to successfully participate in Second Life.

2008 NMC Educators in Second Life Survey: A survey sent out to members of the NMC, their in-world educational community, and the Second Life Educators Listserv (SLED) in May 2008. This survey represents the interests, activities, and demographics of more than 350 educators. Overall, the results reflect the highly social interaction of Second Life and how educators have formed and contribute to a vibrant community in this virtual world space.

Reading Materials
Assessing the Value of Virtual Worlds for Post-Secondary Instructors: A Study of Innovators, Early Adopters and the Early Majority in Second Life
Innovate- Using Second Life with Learning – Disabled Students in Higher Education
Proceedings of the Second Life Education Workshop at the Second Life Community Convention – San Francisco, CA – August 20, 2006
Educause Review – Back To Virtual School – September/October 2008
Educause – 7 Things You Should Know About Second Life
Beginning of the Year Tips: Five Things Students Should Know Before Creating Their Second Life Accounts
The Chronicle of Higher Education – Information technology – What Happens in a Virtual World Has a Real-World Impact
The New Media Consortium – Spring 2007 Survey of Educators in Second Life

Second Life Educator Groups
Educause Virtual Worlds
Impossible In Real life
Insight Virtual College
Instructional Designers
SL Education Roundtable
Discovery Education Network
ISTE
SLoodlers
SL Shakespeare Company
Science Friday
Health Care Education Group
Virtual Worlds Education

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