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Part 3 of Interview with Virtual Worlds 3D Pioneer Randy Hinrichs

Here is part three of my interview with Randy Hinrich. It was a great interview and invaluable insights. Here is part one of the interview: part one of the interview here. Here is part two. Here is a link to his fascinating book about 3D virtual worlds that you should really check out. Kapp: What […]

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Interview with 3D Pioneer Randy Hinrichs, CEO of 2b3d–Part One

The other day I had an opportunity to catch up with Randy Hinrichs and ask him a few questions about the state of 3D virtual world software and about his new book. We had a great and long discussion so I have broken the interview into two postings. Also, he has just finished a book […]

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Gamification, Virtual Worlds and The Gartner Hype Cycle

For those of you who do not know, the Gartner Hype Cycle is a graphical depiction of technology on a curve showing where technology is in terms of maturity. The Hype Cycle provides strategists and planners with an assessment of the maturity, business benefit and future direction of certain technologies. The hype cycle has five […]

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Four Industry Announcements

This seems to be “press release” week for me but some great things are happening like the Innovations in Clinical Research Workshop I blogged about the other day. Well today, two more announcements. First, my colleague Koreen Olbriish (and book contributor) ¬†announced that Tandem Learning has been acquired by Ayogo Games. Ayogo is an award-winning […]

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Get those Avatars Moving!

A 3D virtual environment is not very exciting if the avatars are sitting in virtual chairs, in a virtual classroom looking at virtual PowerPoint, instead, get the avatars up and moving around. Here are some guidelines for encouraging interactivity in a 3D virtual space. Encouraging Learner Movement and Activity Develop activities to encourage learners to […]

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Six 3D Virtual World Facilitation Tips

Here are 6 things to keep in mind when facilitating a 3D virtual world class or discussion. Maintain proper social distances between your avatar and others. People treat the 3D virtual space as an actual physical space. In physical space, social norms require distances between people when they are engaged in conversation. In the 3D […]

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Final 2011 Learning in 3D Class

It was a great but quick summer semester for Learning in 3D. The last class we took a tour of some well known Second Life locations and discussed the educational implications while sitting around a camp fire. So the final questions are: What is the potential of 3D virtual immersive environments for learning? How far […]

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Fourth Summer 2011 Learning in 3D class

For this class, we were privileged to have Andrew Hughes, the president of Designing Digitally visit with us. And he gave us a tour of their browser-based 3D campus tour software. You can check out this video to an idea of what the student’s experienced on their tour. Andrew provided a great tour of all […]

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Third Summer 2011 “Learning in 3D Class”

Monday night in class we had the opportunity to check out VirtualU and see how it functioned. Here we are gathering to begin our journey to different worlds within VirtualU. It was a fascinating virtual environment that provided a number of great examples of how virtual environments can be used for instruction. The tour was […]

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Learning in 3D: First Class Summer 2011

The first class we once again ran into some technical difficulties. Second Life is being strange on our one island, it keeps throwing visitors into a perpetual teleport. This is really getting frustrating. One interesting thing we are doing this semester is to visit a number of different 3D virtual worlds so that students get […]

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