Experience from Serving by Eleanor Medier
Sim Street Journal requested contributions from several educators who understand the issues from different points of view. Though conclusions vary, the opinions here are independent of theirs, and reflect the perspective of a marketer, not an educator.
What can educators do to make SL a useful resource?
1. Plan from inside out. Address a SL audience to expand the reach and influence of education. Every university has a continuing education branch to bridge with the community. SL can both augment skill-building for degree-students and continue to address an expanding in-world experience. A great majority of SL residents wish to try new things, grow businesses, increase creativity, and the more relevant to their real careers the better.
2. Strategize to the medium. The SL society is strengthened by social media. The international community continually evolves, and educators have the opportunity to bridge from the virtual society to the virtual class.
3. Technology and technique distract. Rather than what new technology will do, or what techniques are most effective to convey content, the question is how to reach those who wish to learn.Focus on the “why” instead of the what and the how. The research grows on its advantages. But if all that is explored in SL relates to control, security, content creation, sharing, management, and appealing to an outside student, then the disconnect continues and potentials are undeveloped.
4. Define success. The recent educational conference proved the interest within SL for greater exploration and meaning. Speakers attracted the general population. Between the famous keynote presenters and the incorporation of arts, the sims were full to capacity, sessions streamed to hundreds. Now, videos are watched by more than the formal education community. Will this larger audience be further addressed and served?
5. Refine information exchange. Update time- sensitive content in all presentation vehicles. Websites, SL’s Search windows, websites, press releases, information notecards, social media pages, and signage. Use representation from avatars that are active.
6. Tie-in with thriving communities. Many businesses hit the pulse of what residents want, the arts are extremely active, and simulations powerful. Games and role play also can compliment SL can have its distractions, traps, even dangers. But it is equally a renaissance of international idea exchange and learning. Entrepreneurs within the virtual context define it by determining what resonates. Virtual worlds as learning environments, uses the immersive and interactive features to advantage.
SL is the social hub of the metaverse and defines an international subculture. Learners in SL wish to improve connections, careers, and sophistication. Virtual worlds suits the convenience and accessibility that students will continue to demand. Those schools that embrace that connection can help define what that subculture will be. It is a matter of use, not technique or technology.
—Liane Sebastian/ Eleanor Medier, author, editor, designer with an extensive portfolio for educational, nonprofit and enterpreneurial clients, Editor and designer for Sim Street Journal
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