TLVW, day 1

I don’t know what it is, but I always have a good time in Second Life. Well, 99.9% of the time, but I’ll write about that some other time, maybe.

Today was the first meeting of the Teaching and Learning in Virtual Worlds (TLVW) course. In SL, of course. There were quite a few newbies, but today was getting-to-know-each-other and learning-how-to-navigate-in-SL day. So I got to start out ahead of the curve!

Class”room” management was, as always, an issue of sorts. Just like in FL, I suppose. We were sent out on a scavenger hunt to find notecards that would teach basic skills (communication, getting around, landmarks, etc.), and later visited a couple of other locations. Re-gathering the group always took some time–imagine a school field trip with the ability to fly!–and distractions were everywhere (especially when many got to see their first SL sunrise and later on ISTE Island, when folks spotted dolphins in the water). I wonder whether things will be easier or harder to keep on track when we start using voice…

It’s a very interesting group, and I’m looking forward to working with them, as well as to the coursework itself. Esme (instructor) did a great job with a class full of mostly newbies.

Next thing is to get these people geared up [edit: I mean dressed & accessorized]. We even had two noobs in the same outfit! I may post some pics (gotta ask the class if that’s ok), both of today’s meeting and of future meetings. I’ll be the one with the wings…

Song of the moment: "Black Sweat," Prince


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