SLENZ PROJECT DOES IT AGAIN
Midwifery Studies Build 1.0
available free to public
Much of the SLENZ birth unit featured in this PookyMedia
machinima has been made available free of charge.
The SLENZ Project announced today that its Midwifery Studies Build Version 1.0, is now available for free pickup from the Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology (NMIT) Second Life island of Kowhai.
The build is being made available by NMIT, which ran the the New Zealand Government-funded SLENZ Project, under the Creative Commons Attribution Share-Alike License 3.0.
The Midwifery Studies Build is the second to be made available to the public. The project has previously made its Foundation (Bridging) Learning Build available under the same criteria.
The full details of both packages are available on Lead Developer Aaron Griffiths’ The SLENZ Builds Technical Blog
The packaging of the builds marks the culmination of the 18-month, $NZ500,000 SLENZ Project, the team members of which have now launched Virtual Life Education New Zealand to continue their research as well as to provide advice to virtual world users.
Call for “sharing, collaboration”
“Making the midwifery build available to the public means that the final deliverable for the SLENZ Project is now done,” SLENZ Project joint leader Terry Neal said.
In another sense, however, she said, it is just the beginning.”
The team was thrilled that scores of people had picked up the Foundation Build and hoped that the interest in the Midwifery Build would be similar. “Our dream is that learners all around the world can benefit from what we have done,” she said. “We also hope that others will imitate us in making what they develop freely available.
“Development in virtual worlds is not cheap and the more we can share rather than duplicating our efforts, the more we will have available for all of us.”
Neal said she would love to see educators all over the world focusing on “how we can design, develop and use virtual environments to significantly improve how all people learn, rather than creating builds for ourselves and locking them away.
“The cost is in creating not sharing,” she said. “However, I know people have to make a living and organisations vary in their commitment to a more sharing approach.”
Neal paid tribute to the Tertiary Education Commission and Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology for their commitment “to sharing so generously”.
The Midwifery Studies Build (791 prims) contains all the items required for the Normal Birth Scenario developed by the SLENZ team for the SLENZ Project midwifery pilot, including the birthing room, midwives’ office, treatment room and outdoor courtyard. Ceilings on the rooms have been removed to facilitate camera access. The SLENZ Midwifery Studies Resource Pack includes the SLENZ Mother Controller (HUDs created by SLENZ Developer Todd Cochrane (SL: Toddles Lightworker).
All package items are full permissions.
The items are provided inside a 24 x 40 metre megaprim base (SLENZ Midwifery Studies Rez Base) and can be rezzed from this base once it is positioned.
Griffiths plans to hold technical discussions which will focus on a users’ first interaction with the Foundation Studies and Midwifery Builds. It will look at the scripts used to welcome users and offer them introductory information.
He is available for help with the builds and would appreciate feedback [email@example.com]. Griffiths is currently investigating the production of OAR files for both builds so they can be used in alternative OpenSim environments.
The Midwifery pilot was conducted in conjunction with Otago Polytechnic and Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology (CPIT). Midwife Sarah Stewart (SL: Petal Stransky) was the Lead educator on the project.
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