Track: Content Based and Informal Presentations

Title Virtual World Roundup – Beyond Second Life
Author(s): Fred Fuchs
Moderator(s):Edith Halderman
Date Friday, March 18 14:00
Location: North 2
Abstract Second Life is still the largest virtual world platform, providing many benefits to the educator. However, Second Life is not the only platform. This presentation would focus on the unique affordances, pros and cons, and readiness of platforms such as OpenSim, VastPark and Entropia for virtual world distance learning. These analyses would include information from technical, creative and educator perspective. The presentation would include a small panel, audio-visual content demonstrations in the form of images and/or machinima, and a Q&A session. FireSabre’s presenters have experience in the technical, creative and education fields from which to draw. At the conclusion of the session, attendees should have a good foundation upon which to begin their own evaluations of disparate platforms, a sense of the specific capabilities and limits of the platforms discussed, and ideas for educational content possible based on these capabilities.
Bio(s): Fred Fuchs: Fred Fuchs owns of Firesabre Consulting which develops award-winning projects for real-world clients in the Second Life virtual world. Before starting Firesabre, Fred owned a business which provided IT support for those organizations without a permanent IT department. Fred worked for Hughes Training Inc., and created training simulations for the International Space Station. Before Hughes, he was part of Compaq's Graphics and Multimedia Group. Fred has designed computer input devices for those with severe carpal tunnel syndrome. His degree is in electrical engineering.

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