Published by Joe Sanchez on 08 Oct 2008

Student Build Challenge (video)

On Tuesday my students had to turn in their first collaborative build in Second Life. My instructions for the assignment are below (from an email)

In your teams I want you to create something with your land. You will need a theme, an entry point, some type of navigation, and something interactive or a “feature”. Think back to the tours, the water park had rides, Bear Island had an arcade, The classic car museum was a Museum, what will be your group feature? How will people know where to go? How will they know what to do? How will you make your place a “living structure”? We will spend 15 minutes in your space on Tuesday, October 7.

Some possible themes are:
The Future
Winter Wonderland
Small Town texas
The Presidential Campaign
A historic time period
wild west

We had a good time exploring their areas and and they learned some key skills through the process. 1) The difficulties of collaborating in a syncronous environment, 2) the Challenge of permissions in SL when sharing objects as a team, 3) thinking about “interaction” and “living spaces” in a virtual world (how do you design it), 4) hosting a large group of people (18 students + 5 guests). They did a good job and I was able to make a quick and dirty machinima of the their builds, enjoy

Published by Joe Sanchez on 03 Sep 2008

20 new Students + 13 waiting

The semester has begun and i have 20 new students with an additional 13 on the wait-list for my Working in Virtual Worlds course. As their first assignment i had them all create a one-minute video introducing themselves to the class. They had to use pictures, a soundtrack, a voiceover and post the final video on youtube. The class started last Thursday so they had all weekend to work on it, the project was due yesterday (tuesday). 18 out of 19 students completed the project without a problem, one student “forgot” and another student posted the file wrong on youtube. All in all i think the assignment was a success and we had a great time watching all of the videos in class.

In my course I emphasize the importance of the narrative and storytelling. This intro assignment is their first attempt at telling a story and using digital media to help them express their identity. When i first announced the assignment the students were intimidated by the task, but once I broke it down into the core parts, 8 pictures, a theme song, a title, and a voiceover they quickly understood that creating a short movie/slideshow is actually not that hard. As you will see, many of them had fun with it. Next week they will be using Second Life to tell a story in their virtual condos, they have to setup their SL accounts between now and our next class (Thursday) and they will have a full week to decorate the condos.

Here are a few of my students…

I also made a one-minute intro video for the class,

Published by Joe Sanchez on 17 May 2008

Digital Storytelling

In about 6 minutes I will be part of a Panel in Second Life | Storytelling in virtual environments. These are a few sample projects I will be using. Better late than never : )

An example of an Intro movie each student of mine makes in my SINS course. This is their first assignment in the course and it is due at the end of the first week of class. Each intro (autobiography) must be less than 70 seconds

A digitalstory telling project about online dating created by a student in Fall 2006 course

The is a video about peer-to-peer file sharing a student of mine made in my Spring 2007 SINS course. The video is currently being used by as a training aid in an Academic Library workshop.

This is a short video about the DMCA fro a student in my Spring 06 SINS Course (Social Issues in a Networked Society). In this video she interviews Georgia Harper, the copyright and fair-use scholar of higher ed right up there with Siva Vaidahyanathan and Lessig. This video lacks the amount of reflection I would have liked but i think she makes up for it with her attention to detail.

Published by Joe Sanchez on 12 May 2008

Second Life Student created Machnima

My students have posted their machinima projects on youtube to complete their work for the semester. These videos were completed within a two week window between the date of their event and their final exam. For more info about the projects and my course Working in Virtual worlds click here 

Carnival to raise money for Wheelies

This group of students held a carnival to raise money for Wheelies (see post below). This three person team raised about $100 USD and created a fun event that people are still talking about 

Second Life IDol

Second Life IDol was an event held to support the Music Academy Online . The students had 6 singers compete in two rounds with audience votes deciding on a winner. The student team built the stage, arranged for contestants, built a voting machine, and advertised all over SL. They filled the sim 15 minutes before the event started…

Speed Dating

The Speed dating team was able to get 2 reporters to their event, I’m not sure how they did it (or why for that matter) but I was pretty impressed with their turnout. They even went as far as sending letters to e-harmony and for sponsorship. This group had a string of bad luck hit them at the last minute as they lost their first location to a sim crash and then their backup location due to a sim sale… I’m glad they had bonded as team because it really helped them to over the last minute obstacles.

Amazing Race

What is interesting about the Amazing Race is the difference between my students ability to navigate their avatars compared to the (in)ability of the people attending their event in Sl to navigate their avatars. My students tested their obstacle course with members of our class and they all completed the course within four minutes. Many of the people who showed up to the event had a difficult time completing the course at all and those who finished took between 15-20 minutes. As you can see in the video, the students literally run through the course while attendees walk, bump into things, and fall of the course……