Gosh, weeks have flown by since I made my first and only blog entry. Sure, my real life, like everyone else’s I know, has been busy. Even so I’ve found time to visit Second Life but haven’t made blogging a routine, a pleasant habit. I’ll try. With cold weather approaching, I should find myself indoors more often – less time gardening and golfing, camping and hiking and biking. Oh, but I will miss doing those things, yet it could be a good time to do more in Second Life and to blog.
Yesterday I completed a ten-day, Sloan Consortium workshop for educators called “Beginning Second Life” and received a Certificate of Completion, with a top score on my skills test. I’m proud of that. But more importantly, I made a few friends and sharpened my SL basic skills considerably. For example, I learned how to write and send notecards, share something in my inventory, use map coordinates, use voice chat, and much more. And the workshop gave me an SL confidence boost that I needed for feeling more comfortable inworld.
I hope to take Sloan’s Intermediate and Advanced SL workshops later this fall, which will, I think, focus more on teaching in SL, something I hope to do. I can strongly recommend the workshop that I took to anyone, but especially to university educators. The experience convinced me that the potential of virtual worlds for engaging and interacting with students – and for students interacting with each other – is immense, particularly for online and blended course work. See http://sloanconsortium.org/ for more information.