SLENZ Project Foundation Learning
Build now available FREE
Creative Commons license
The SLENZ Project’s much-praised Second Life Foundation (Bridging) Learning Build (Version 1.0) is now available FREE, under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike license, from the Second Life island of Kowhai.
The key section of the SLENZ Project’s Second Life Midwifery Education Birth Unit build is also to be made available shortly.
The announcement of the availability of the Foundation Learning Build was made today by the SLENZ Project’s Lead Developer Aaron Griffiths (SL: Isa Goodman) on a newly setup blog, The SLENZ Project Technical Blog, where Griffiths plans to discuss the ongoing development of the two builds following completion of the SLENZ Project.
Commenting on the announcement, the creator and joint leader of the SLENZ Project, Dr Clare Atkins, of Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology, said, “We in the SLENZ Project are delighted that we have been able to fulfill our original plan of making the builds available to the public. This is the culmination of our dream. We hope it will set a benchmark for others involved in education in Virtual Worlds, not only Second Life. We also hope that others will extend and enhance our builds and we look forward to seeing the exciting and innovative ways in which they will be put to use.”
The build, which has been made available for pickup, includes textures, animations and scripts for the Skill Mastery Hyperdome with all rezzable scenes (including the Stairway of Learning) and the private interview room teleporters. All build items are full permissions except for a few clothing items, some hair provided for the Hyperdome shop, and a few seating animations.
“The build items are provided inside a 60 x 80 metre megaprim base (SLENZ Foundation Studies Rez Base) and can be rezzed from this base once it is positioned.” Griffiths said.
The SLENZ Hyperdome, a holodeck, contains a number of rezzable scenes designed to help students learn and practise interview techniques as well as prepare for real life job or tertiary study interviews.
The Stairway of Learning is a dual staircase surrounding the Hyperdome and is designed to deliver learning information about interview preparation. The “private interview room” teleporters, placed near the front of the Hyperdome, allow individual, supervisor-configurable, interview rooms to be rezzed on demand for students to practice in.
The SLENZ Project which ran for 18 months was financed by the Tertiary Education Commission of New Zealand. It was designed to determine whether there were any benefits from using Virtual Worlds for education and to establish how those benefits could be harnessed.
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