Upcoming Events in Second Life

Date and Time: Tuesday, May 17 at 5:00pm Pacific Time

Topic:   SIGVE Speaker Series: John “Pathfinder” Lester – ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education

Summary: Please join ISTE as they welcome an John “Pathfinder” Lester, an educator who has traveled far and wide through the virtual environment universe. This event will be simulcast through Second Life and Reaction Grid.
Avatar contact: Spiff Whitfield

Date and Time: Sunday, May 29 at 5:00pm Pacific Time

Topic: Maypole Medieval Market Festival – ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education)

Summary: Join ISTE for their Spring Market Festival on ISTE Island. Dress up in your favorite clothes from the Middle Ages, or pick up some freebie costumes in the Market Square. Lots of fun! Want to help decorate? Want to set up a market booth? Just want to come and have a great time! IM Maggie Larimore.

Date and Time: Every Thursday (May 5, 12, 19, 26) at 5:00pm Pacific Time

Topic: ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education Newcomer Social

Date and time: Every Thursday (May 5, 12, 19, 26) at 6:00pm Pacific Time

Topic: ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education Educator Social

For an extensive calendar of Second Life events for educators:  http://sledevents.blogspot.com/

Click to go to the CSU Chico Second Life Campus

Click to get a Second Life Account 

For questions about Second Life contact
James Aird x6167 or
Ann Steckel x6780

Events in Second Life, June 2011

Topic: Second Life teaching and research
Date and time: 6-1-10 at 12:00pm
Summary:Purdue University Library in Second Life. HP Gunawan talks about the SL teaching and research that Purdue University Library has been involved in. The venue is Infolit iSchool.  A one hour session, presentation in voice, discussion in text chat.
Avatar contact: HP Gunawan
Organization:Purdue University Library, an Information Literacy research event.


Topic: New Media in Education Fiesta (NMiEF) 2011
Date and time:June 23, 2011 from 8am to 7pm
Register at: http://www.mediaplaylab.sg/nmief/
Summary: This annual 4-day fiesta comprises of 2 parts (catering both to teachers and Secondary School students), namely the New Media in Education International Conference on Second Life for all teachers and the New Media Academy for Secondary School students.

NMiEF seeks to bring about greater vibrancy to the new media scene in the education context, firstly through fostering enhanced interactions among both local and international educators in a real-time virtual education conference on Second Life and secondly to equip Secondary School students with basic new media skills through the rare opportunity to appreciate and immerse in new media culture.

Contact: feedback@mediaplaylab.sg

Organization: Virginia Society for Technology in Education (VSTE)


Date and Time: June 1st 2011, 12 noon

Topic: SL teaching and research at Purdue University Library


Summary: HP Gunawan will talk about the SL teaching and research that Purdue University Library has been involved in. The venue is Infolit iSchool  A one hour session, presentation in voice, discussion in text chat

Avatar contact: HP Gunawan

Organization: Centre for Information Literacy research


For an extensive calendar of Second Life events for educators:  http://sledevents.blogspot.com/

Want to get to the CSU, Chico Second Life campushttp://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/South%20Sea%20Isle/109/54/23

Want to sign up for a Second Life account?   https://join.secondlife.com/?lang=en-US

For questions about Second Life call or email the TLP
James Aird x6167 or
Ann Steckel x6780

Visit in Second Life: The Alamo at UT Arlington

The Grand Opening of this exhibit:

*Date*: Tuesday, May 3, 2011
*Time*: 2:30 pm-4:30 pm Pacific Time

The University of Texas Arlington is delighted to have the opportunity to
host a new re-creation of The Alamo. The immersive sim provides an online museum-quality experience of
the Alamo’s chapel, Long Barrack, and surrounding grounds, featuring
interactive displays throughout that provide the visitor with background
information on the history, artifacts, documents, historical figures, and
pop culture references to the Alamo story.

The Alamo at UT Arlington was created by Lora Chadbourne. Her previous
historical builds include re-creations of the Mayflower, the 1621 Plymouth
Settlement, and the Apollo 11 lunar landing site.

The Grand opening will feature a live vocal performance by Jean
Munrofrom 3:00 to 4:00 pm SLT
*Place:* The Alamo at UT Arlington in Second Life

For more information see:
*Website:* http://www.uta.edu/secondlife/alamo/

TILT: Teaching in Second Life

Wed. April 27 at 2:30 p.m.
Presenter: Michael Coyle (POLS)
Location: Meriam Library room 031

The Technology in Learning and Teaching (TILT) lecture series on using interactive web technology to expand student learning opportunities continues with “Exploiting Virtual Worlds For Real World Learning and Teaching Challenges: Using Second Life to Teach About Diversity,” a presentation by instructor Michael Coyle of the CSU Chico Political Science Dept. about his success using the Second Life virtual world as a teaching and learning environment.

Coyle says, “In my presentation I detail how I have used and how other teachers can use the Second Life metaverse (an internet-based, virtual social space that allows users to create identities and interact at length with other users and their created identities) to achieve learning objectives related to diversity. ”

After attending this presentation, says Coyle,  “Participants will own new strategies for teaching about diversity, possess new ideas for using technology inside and outside the classroom, have new skills for teaching inside students’ comfort zone, experience greater ease around teaching issues of diversity, and get new pedagogical and technological avenues to develop their teaching repertoire. ”

Coyle emphasizes that, “It is often very difficult to open up students to consider experiences beyond those that their lives, histories and bodies have allowed them to have.  When students use Second Life, they interact in social environments using alternate identities, and these experiences transform their understanding of what it means to participate in groups with whom they have no previous experience.”

Blackboard Learn Transition Team March Progress Report

The most recent developments and accomplishments of CSU Chico’s Blackboard Learn Transition Teams and Committees. Watch this blog for monthly updates.

As evidenced by this blog, Ann Steckel’s Bb Learn Communication Team has been compiling and distributing information and working with staff and faculty to raise awareness of (and lower anxiety about) the upcoming transition from the Blackboard Vista learning management system (LMS) to the updated and improved Blackboard Learn LMS (hereinafter referred to as Bb Learn). Along with blogging and otherwise distributing up-to-date information about the transition, Ann and her team have begun designing graphic materials, such as a standardized logo, to use in posters and other print and online materials that will raise awareness of Bb Learn among Chico State faculty and staff.

On the hands-on, nuts-and-bolts side, Claudine Franquet’s Bb Learn Training, Support and Documentation Committee has received Bb training materials that provide both face-to-face and online workshops for faculty and students who are exploring the capabilities of the Bb Learn LMS. Claudine says that, “Having access to training materials that faculty and students can interact with allows us to see how we can personalize Bb Learn to create optimized applications for use at Chico State.” The team is developing templates for use in Bb Learn that will allow instructors to transition into proven-effective online formats for their class materials rather than the “blank shells” that are currently used for newly opened Vista-based courses.

Meanwhile in the TLP Empowerment Lab and Faculty Training Lab, manager Peter DiFalco says, “TLP staff and student specialists are busy testing the ways that content and course designs are translated from Vista to Bb Learn. Distributed Learning Technologies wizards are working hard to enhance our self-service tools for faculty with a course migration function. The goal of this effort is for faculty members to be able to create a personalized plan for transferring courses into Bb Learn, preserving and enhancing their course design. Faculty will be able to begin the migration process starting in Fall 2011.”

Administrative and operational functions are also being leveraged to make the transition to Bb Learn as efficient and trouble-free as possible. Scott Kodai, Manager, Distributed Learning Technologies and Classroom Technology Services, says, “In Distributed Learning, we’ve been busy exploring options for automating the migration of Vista content to Bb Learn, getting our current third-party tools (Wimba, Turnitin, and TurningPoint) working in our Bb Learn sandbox system, and starting work on adapting our existing PeopleSoft integration. As part of the initial integration work, we’ve also been exploring the relatively complex system of roles and permissions that are possible in Bb Learn and determining the best practices for managing these features moving forward. We’ve also been very involved in working with Blackboard on their upcoming development efforts to ensure that what they end up building is as useful to us as possible. We’ve engaged with Blackboard on two Product Development Partnerships, been accepted into one Blackboard beta test, and have applied for a second Blackboard beta test. Even though the development partnerships and beta testing are very time consuming, we really feel that the benefits of getting an early look at what Blackboard has planned, as well as some influence on their priorities, is very valuable to our future success with the system.”

Please keep an eye on this blog as each month we will be reporting on the core Bb Learn teams’ progress as we move toward product roll out in Spring of 2012.

-Article by TLP student staff, Carey Wilson

TILT: Pachyderm Content Authoring with Dr. Katie Whitlock

Mon. April 18 at 1:00 p.m.
Presenter: Dr. Katie Whitlock (THEA)
Place: Meriam Library in Room 27B

As part of the ongoing series of Technology in Learning and Teaching (TILT) presentations, Dr. Katie Whitlock of the CSU Chico Theatre Department will present on her use of the multimedia authoring tool Pachyderm.

Dr. Whitlock says, “So you always wanted to use multimedia but were afraid of the software? Join us for a practical demonstration of the Pachyderm multimedia authoring tool and learn how technology just might be your friend in this instance. See how faculty and students explored the use of this tool in two difference situations with surprising results, one in which the software was used to develop online teaching materials for an existing course, and the other which required the use of the tool by a class of 35 to develop individual multimedia projects.”

According to http://pachyderm.nmc.org/: “Designed for people with little multimedia experience, Pachyderm is accessed through a web browser and is as easy to use as filling out a web form. Authors upload their own media (images, audio clips, and short video segments) and place them into pre-designed templates, which can play video and audio, link to other templates, zoom in on images, and more. Once the templates have been completed and linked together, the presentation is published and can then be downloaded and placed on the author’s website or on a CD or DVD ROM. Authors may also leave their presentations on the Pachyderm server and link directly to them there. The result is an attractive, interactive Flash-based multimedia presentation.”

The presentation will take place in Meriam Library in Room 27B on Mon. April 18 at 1:00 p.m. For more information contact Ann Steckel at X 6780.

TILT: Katherine Gray – SoftChalk Content Authoring

Presenter: Katherine Gray (MATH)
Wed. April 13 at 2:30 p.m.
Meriam Library Room 031

As part of the Technology in Learning and Teaching (TILT) series of presentations, Math instructor Katherine Gray will be giving a presentation entitled, “Using SoftChalk to Engage Students Online and Improve the Online Learning Environment” that will center around her use of the content authoring tool, SoftChalk. She says, “My talk will be focused on what I plan to do with SoftChalk and why I chose to use it to supplement my online Vista resources.”

According to http://softchalk.com, if you can use a word processor, you can create interactive learning experiences with SoftChalk. And, content developed in SoftChalk is portable for use in virtually any learning management system [including Blackboard Vista] or on any web server.” The talk will take place in Meriam Library in Room 031 on Wed. April 13 at 2:30. For more information contact Ann Steckel at X 6780.