The Role of 3D virtualisation Environments for providing flexible learning

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  • Rich Knight

    Depart. of Biodiversity and Conservation Biology,University of the Western Cape

    Email: Knight.rich[at]gmail.comEmail: Knight.rich[at]ymail.com

    Departmental Seminar, Biodiversity & Conservation Biology, University of the Western Cape ,14 August 2012

    Developing Environmental LeadershipPart of Environment and Sustain- ability Studies as a core principle.Environmental Curriculum Leadership (EL) is usually Post- Graduate and mid-career focused.Infusion of Environmental Leadership needs to be introduced into under-graduate curriculum. Explicitly introducing Environmental Leadership contributes to UWCs Charter of Graduate Attributes.

    Departmental Seminar, Biodiversity & Conservation Biology, University of the Western Cape ,14 August 2012

    Flexible LearningProvides students with increased choice, conveniences and personalities.Provides for WHERE, WHEN and HOW Learning occurs.Provides information access, leverages expertise, contributes to peer evaluation and correspondence with mentors.Internet Technology and Virtual Learning Environments are blended with face-to-face instruction.

    Departmental Seminar, Biodiversity & Conservation Biology, University of the Western Cape ,14 August 2012

    Role-Playing as a Teaching Strategy Encourages co-operative learning.Increases student interest and involvement with course material.Increases use of experiential (enquiry-based) learning.Replaces Passive with Active Learning.Promotes empathy, an understanding of different perspectives and social responsibility within a safe environment.

    Departmental Seminar, Biodiversity & Conservation Biology, University of the Western Cape ,14 August 2012

    Introducing Role-Play into coursesEncourage creativity and allow mistakes to be made (adds experience)Uses students back-ground knowledge (schema).Complements this knowledge with new information. Requires re-design of assess- ments that require role-play (conferences, plays, and newscasts)Use Storyboards to act out different roles (e.g. government officials versus protestors)

    Departmental Seminar, Biodiversity & Conservation Biology, University of the Western Cape ,14 August 2012

    Four steps to Role-PlayPreparation by the instructor to define the activity.Preparation by the students to enact gained knowledge (draft or storyboard presentation).Presentation of Role-Play. Debriefing including analysis of mistakes and options on future presentations of the role-play.Role-Play requires an adaptive approach involving more than one iteration.

    Departmental Seminar, Biodiversity & Conservation Biology, University of the Western Cape ,14 August 2012

    Role-Playing as a Teaching Strategy

    Departmental Seminar, Biodiversity & Conservation Biology, University of the Western Cape ,14 August 2012

    Second Life for Role-Play A Cloud 3D Virtual immersive and interactive environment.Developed by Linden Labs and launched in 2003.Users are called residents and interact using Avatars. Interactions include to socialise, educate, role-play, trade and have relationships.Uses 3D modeling composed of sculpted prims, scripts, currency and land transactions.

    Departmental Seminar, Biodiversity & Conservation Biology, University of the Western Cape ,14 August 2012

    Role Play: Commercial EnvironmentLarge Estates and Islands (65 536 m2) cost $1000 to purchase and $195 and $295 per month maintenance (=SIM).One server is dedicated to 4 SIMS.A maximum of 15 000 prims can be supported.Land is re-released through Property Agents through smaller land parcel rentals.Open Source Scripting language and IP rights are owned by author to share/sell (Marketplace).Own Currency 230 Linden = $1 (need budgets).

    Departmental Seminar, Biodiversity & Conservation Biology, University of the Western Cape ,14 August 2012

    Second Life: Research validationStanford Prison Experiment (Zimbardo 1971): Investigated psychological effects of prisoner- guard relationships.A Mock Prison duplicated effects of enforced authoritarian measures (Students role-playing). Excessive psychological torture prematurely terminated the experiment.Highly controversial/Unethical (= un-validated) SL Role-Play could validate these results.

    Departmental Seminar, Biodiversity & Conservation Biology, University of the Western Cape ,14 August 2012

    Second Life eLearning PlatformChat (online): Synchronous Communication Open channel (people nearby can receive it).Instant Messaging: Synchronous (Online), Asynchronous (Offline) with stored email communications (Closed channel).Note Cards: (Offline) Operates similarly to email using text-files and links (to graphical elements).Groups and Group Notifications (with email notification). Allows Note Cards to be filed under the necessary Group (Assignment Submission).

    Departmental Seminar, Biodiversity & Conservation Biology, University of the Western Cape ,14 August 2012

    Second Life: Avatar detailsFully customisable (appearance, clothes, behaviour controlled by scripts called Animation Over-rides or AOs).Scripts can be obtained (purchased) for a variety activities (chatting, dating, listen, dancing through to doing medical procedures like midwifery).Speech needs to be complemented with EMOTES.Teaches student to analyse emotion.

    Departmental Seminar, Biodiversity & Conservation Biology, University of the Western Cape ,14 August 2012

    Departmental Seminar, Biodiversity & Conservation Biology, University of the Western Cape ,14 August 2012

    Second Life: Assignment DesignOnline debates with different roles (including using stereotypes).Public Poster Displays (Globalisation: ESS132).Autumn Film Festivals (Google Tours: ESS2121).Landscape Environmental Storyboards (BCB321).Environmental Play (ESS312).Lecture Series: Conservation Biology (BCB312).

    Departmental Seminar, Biodiversity & Conservation Biology, University of the Western Cape ,14 August 2012

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