real world knowledge via virtual world content

Early next year, a group of Monash University students will enter the virtual world of SecondLife™. There, they will visit a restaurant, an airport, a medical clinic and a train station; they will be required to buy tickets, read a public transit schedule, and complete many other tasks during their lessons.

post-conference hash

A smaller, bite-size version of the Basic Skills Gauntlet was wedged into the 576 square meter poster plot at the conference. The configuration and components were chosen by selecting several modules that are in working order.

The Basic Skills Gauntlet

What if New Users could play a game right after orientation…a game that requires the use of various controls and client-viewer features? Such an activity—a kind of newbie obstacle course—could reinforce basic skills such as ctrl-alt-camming and object inspection.