OpenSIM Training Examples

Main features – What can you do with immersive environments?

  • Set up real-world-like tasks in an engaging 3D environment: from tasks as simple as asking for the way to the railway station up to complex quests
  • Let your students meet people, which they could not so easily meet in real life: their peers from a partner school, native speakers of a language they study, experts in various fields of expertise
  • Use the fascination that virtual worlds have on young people for your teaching
  • Track students activities and behaviour for retrospective analysis and discussion

Example course:

Life as Avatar: Avatar’s basic skills: navigation, communication, viewing…

Some general remarks

  • Training people in the usage of a virtual environment needs them to use it on their own. Indeed the whole course (each single module) can be perfectly delivered in an online setting using the virtual world itself as a meeting place.
  • All training requires technical infrastructure – before the training starts we must make sure that it is available. Each module contains a section that points out which infrastructure is minimally needed.
  • Working with immersive environments needs some time “to get used to”. At the beginning participants tend to feel very strange. However after a couple of hours in-world it becomes very natural to them.
  • The training is intended to be delivered by an instructor (either face-to-face or online), however, the material is comprehensive enough to be used as self-study course as well (at least for people who are reasonably tech-savvy).
  • Each module contains a text document, describing the “rundown” of the module in a table format. Additionally there might be other documents like slides or checklists. Don’t forget to take a look at the slide’s remarks – there you will find some background info to the shown slide.
  • Training can be delivered in exactly the same way for SecondLife or any other immersive environment – here we only describe it for OpenSim
  • The person who delivers the training should have some teaching experience in a virtual environment – otherwise s/he won’t be able to give the trainees the necessary amount of confidence that this really works. There is nothing as convincing as true experience!

 









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