Track: Content Based and Informal Presentations

Title Learning to Program Collaboratively in Open Wonderland
Author(s): Nicole Yankelovich; Jonathan Kaplan; Kathryn Aten
Date Saturday, March 19 13:00
Location: South Auxiliary
Abstract In order to learn to program using the Open Wonderland virtual world toolkit, a group of community members self-organized into a Wonderland Wednesday learning community. In this talk, we will focus on a Wonderland Wednesday project in which the group collaboratively designs a Wonderland module, writes code in-world using NetBeans, tracks the project with an in-world agile development tool, and tests out the software as a group. Based on observational and interview data, we will reflect on what was unique about this interactive learning experience and discuss the broader implications for using Open Wonderland as an effective learning environment.
Bio(s): Nicole Yankelovich: Nicole Yankelovich, Executive Director of the Open Wonderland Foundation and CEO of WonderBuilders Inc., started the Wonderland project in 2007 as Principal Investigator of the Collaborative Environments research program at Sun Microsystems Laboratories. Nicole is also a Visiting Scientist at the MIT Center for Educational Computing Initiatives. Prior to working on Wonderland, she directed a variety of research projects in her almost 20 years in Sun Labs, including Porta-Person, the Sun Labs Meeting Suite, Awarenex, SharedShell, and SpeechActs. Nicole holds seven patents and has published in the areas of collaborative environments, speech applications, and hypertext.
Jonathan Kaplan: Jonathan Kaplan, Architect for the Open Wonderland Foundation and CTO of WonderBuilders Inc., is the original software architect of the Wonderland platform, a project he helped to found at Sun Microsystems Laboratories in 2007. In addition, he has implemented large portions of the system. Prior to working on Wonderland, Jonathan contributed to other collaboration-related projects in Sun Labs, including the Sun Labs Meeting Suite, Porta Person, and the Sun Labs Conference Manager. Before joining Sun Labs, he worked on system management software for Sun's volume systems division. His work included hardware monitoring, as well as fault analysis and reporting. Jonathan has MSE and BSE degrees in computer science from the University of Pennsylvania.  He has also filed several patents, and is the co-author of "J2EE Design Patterns," published by O'Reilly and Associates in 2003.
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