Hi everyone – A big thank you for your patience on Monday and I am sorry that the lab wasn’t ready for us. I have requested the upgrade but as yet I haven’t had confirmation on when this will be done. So……
This is what I am suggesting for tomorrow.
- If you are able to access SL from home and you have your account set up etc… then don’t come to class! Instead go to Koru (see Isa’s post below for instructions) and look for an object which will give you a notecard for a treasure hunt (hint – it is close to where Isa was sitting on Monday in the south east part of Koru). There are $L rewards for doing the treasure hunt 🙂
- If you have not yet got into Second Life (or if you can’t access it from home) come to A217 with your laptop. I will do my best to help you and try to get you in to SL and on to the Treasure Hunt!
- If you need help with google docs/your blog/TALOS or any other aspect of the course come along to A217.
I will be in A217 from 3 – 5 pm and if I can get Firestorm on my laptop I will try to get into SL too. Let’s try to make the best use of the time that we can.
The Treasure Hunt will require you to have a good look around Koru and discover how to investigate objects too (Hint: Right click an object, choose Edit and see what you can find out!)
… well not the worm but I’d suggest that your first official days in Second Life will be a lot easier if you create your Second Life account and get inworld a little before the start date.
Points to consider:
- The first day is often a laggy experience because everyone is logging in from the lab at the same time and this can be frustrating. Getting in prior means that you can set aspects of your avatar and your viewer configuration at your leisure, unencumbered by lag.
- Having your account means you have an avatar name. Get that to me (by friending Isa Goodman) and I can put you into the inworld MUV601 group. This is always difficult with a large number of people at the same time so feeding me your names over the next week will work for both of us.
Note: Make sure you customize the friend message so I know you are MUV601.
- Being inworld early will also give you space to learn a little about moving around the environment and using your camera. At least you won’t be a total newb if you have been in a few days beforehand.
- If you do go in early you can use the SLurl described in this post to visit the MUV601 work space (or parcel).
Whatever you do choose to do I’ll look forward to meeting up with you soon.
Just a small heads up in terms of building and viewing in Second Life. If using a laptop, depending on your dexterity with laptop touch pads you may find manipulating your camera (what you view the world through) and using the building tools is more easily done with an actual mouse rather than the touch pad.
Great to finally be into another year of MUV601 and really looking forward to meeting your virtual selves. Though my inworld sessions won’t really begin until March 8th I will be around on your first day, Monday 27th, so don’t be surprised if you see my avatar there when you arrive. We will meet up for the first time on the Second Life sim (simulator) called Koru, on an area specifically set aside for this course, but do feel free to set up your account and get inworld before these dates.
If by chance you get lost when inworld, the following SLurl (Second Life url) http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Koru/205/123/34 can be used to help transport you to Koru. Clicking on a SLurl will open a web page with a link to the area in Second Life that the SLurl refers to. If inworld, click on the Visit this location button . At this stage you may be required to allow the web site to interact with your Second Life viewer. Once you have allowed this interaction the Places window will display in Second Life. Click on the Teleport button to take your avatar to the course land area (normally referred to as a parcel). It is there that we will be having our inworld sessions.
Isa Goodman – The virtual Aaron Griffiths
I look forward to seeing you all shortly. Isa/Aaron
Welcome to all our new MUV students. Aaron and I would like to say hello and get things underway! The course outline and all the assignments are now posted to NMIT Online and here on the blog so go and take a look 🙂
There are also a number of things we need to do in the first week to get everything going smoothly. We will be spending class time doing this and I will try to list everything here!
1. Your blog
- One of the first things we will be doing is getting your own personal wordpress blog set up as you will be using it to record the work you do throughout this course. Almost all your assessment, apart from the final creation of a build or an event, will be done through your blog posts so the quicker you become familiar with it the easier for you!
- Once you have got your blog up and running, please email me the url and I will add it to the sidebar here so that the rest of the class, as well as Aaron and I, can keep up with what you are doing. Instructions for setting up your blog can be found by following the link in the sidebar or on Moodle and I will be helping you do this in the first class.
- As new blogs are always a bit sad looking – with just a hello world post! – I would like you to answer these questions on your blog as soon as you can.
- What is a virtual world?
- What is interesting to me about virtual worlds?
- How important do you think virtual worlds are now?
- How important do you think virtual worlds will be in 5-10 years?
2. Your Assignment Google doc
- I will be organising the assignments via a google doc for this course, so the second thing we will need to do is to get your google doc set up – once again the instructions can be found in the sidebar link and I will help you out in class.
- I will also be asking you to get it ready for the first assignment.
3. Your Second Life account and avatar.
- Every Wednesday class will be in Second Life with Aaron (aka Isa Goodman) so it is important to ensure that everyone has a Second Life account, can access Second Life and has ‘friended’ Isa Goodman and Arwenna Stardust and joined the class group. You will find some useful links in the sidebar for doing this. I will help on Monday and/or Wednesday to help with any technical problems that we face.
Looking forward to seeing you all 🙂