Over the next few days, we will be reviewing our submissions with the FVWC reviewers in Second Life. The goal spans far more than the contest and focuses on building a repository of simulations and modules for learning.
Our four entries include:
- The Mars Expedition Strategy Challenge -- a space simulation and collaboration with the Global Learning Forum
- A Lamp to a Stool -- a 3D object design class
- Dances with Wolves -- an animation device class
- Scripting Magic -- a programming for non-programmer's class
On board, participants study three planning strategies for deep space exploration while Hal, the on-board computer, regales them with his suggestions. As the team disembarks on Mars, the observation deck features the Mars Expedition Strategy Trivia game and a tour of the mining station.
The three simulation modules use a mix of visual, verbal/analytic and kinesthetic interactive information to help participants learn basic-to-intermediate 3D object creation skills, animation device creation skills and scripted device creation skills.
For images from additional research and classes in virtual worlds and emerging media, visit Lyr Lobo's Slideshare presentations.