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Medical Training at Imperial College London

Medical Training at Imperial College London

This week on Monday 30th March at 2pm SLT, we take a look into the archives, to see again our show from 2010 on the uses that Imperial College London have made of virtual worlds (Second Life) for medical training to help doctors, nurses – and vulnerable patients.

Imperial College have been world leaders in modelling the path of the coronavirus pandemic; this show gives you a chance to see some of their other work.

Medical Training at Imperial College London

Medical Training at Imperial College London

You can watch it on this blog, and you can also see the show on the Designing Worlds Archive Vimeo channel at: https://vimeo.com/373063396. And you can join the special Watch Party (also at 2pm SLT) in our studio on Garden of Dreams.

#109 Medical training with Imperial College London – 29th November 2010 from Saffia Widdershins on Vimeo.

In this show we explore a fascinating series of projects relating to medical education and public health awareness from one of the UK’s most highly regarded universities.

We will be looking at projects they have developed for their own Postgraduate Medical Training Centre, and in partnership with a whole range of other organisations including the government agency NHS for London, the University of Brighton, Sussex Partnerships NHS, the Grace Eyre Foundation and even the Royal College for Art!

Medical Training at Imperial College London

Medical Training at Imperial College London

These projects seek to use Second Life in innovative ways for training doctors, nurses and other health professionals in areas ranging from crisis management on hospital wards to the most effective forms of signage in hospital corridors.

And there are also projects that relate to patients too.  We’ll be seeing how a re-creation of Brighton sea-front is used to help patients with learning difficulties understand how hospital procedures will affect them – and how Second Life can be used to demonstrate to Londoners how a Polyclinic can improve their healthcare.

All in all, this is a fascinating programme – and one that you shouldn’t miss! So do tune in or join us at 2pm SLT at the Watch Party in Garden of Dreams!

Medical Training at Imperial College London

Medical Training at Imperial College London

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Nonprofit Commons: the ampitheatre, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Nonprofit Commons: the ampitheatre, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

In this episode we visited Nonprofit Commons, the location for a number of not-for-profit organisations in Second Life, and learnt about how Nonprofit Commons works, and also looked at the projects being undertaken by the individual organisations.

DW409 – Non-Profit Commons from Richard Elen on Vimeo.

We talked to Buffy Beale who, together with Rhiannon Chatnoir, is one of the people behind Nonprofit Commons, and about her own organisation – Bridges for Women Society, based in British Columbia, which has a location on the Nonprofit Commons estate.

Bridges for Women, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Bridges for Women, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Then we talked to the Co-Chair of Nonprofit Commons, Zinnia Zauber of Peninsula College, about the courses she runs for her real life students in her area on Nonprofit Commons and to Namaara MacMoragh, of the Brain Energy Support Team and also the Treasurer of Nonprofit Commons, who shared information about their work – and also her thoughts on nonprofit fundraising in virtual worlds. We also met up with talkswithmarie (also known as Red!) to talk about her G.I.R.L.S projects, and Dancers Yao who talked about the Elder Voices project and the work they are doing with the United Nations on Lyme Disease.

Peninsula College, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Peninsula College, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Finally, we left the Nonprofit Commons estate to visit Virtual Ability, and spoke with Gentle Heron. Gentle shared with us the benefits the wider not-for-profit community draw from Nonprofit Commons – they good that they do spreads far and wide not just across the grid, but into real life too.

The G.I.R.L.S Project, Nonprofit Commons, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The G.I.R.L.S Project, Nonprofit Commons, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

 

 

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Builders Brewery - photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Builders Brewery – photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The final show of the current season (Season 24) of Designing Worlds – where we visit the special Second Life educational establishment that teaches you all about building (and much more) in Second Life – Builders Brewery – is now on the web!

We visit the Brewery with the owner Sensuous (Sen) Maximus who explains something of the history of the Brewery, and also the different elements on offer, including stores stocking materials for building, a sandbox and a terraforming area. We visit classrooms and Saffia actually attempts a class and discovers how to build a special summery creation!

Builders Brewery - photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Builders Brewery – photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

We also talk to Yen Verhoeven who is carrying out research for her Ph.D thesis on Virtual Learning: An Application of Constructivist Grounded Theory to Explore Emergent Learning in Second Life through studying what forms of learning emerge through the practices found at the Builder’s Brewery as part of her work towards developing a virtual theory of learning.

Builders Brewery - photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Builders Brewery – photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

More information about Builders Brewery can be found on their website here: http://www.buildersbrewery.com/
You’ll find the schedule of their classes here: http://www.buildersbrewery.com/calendar/index.php
And you can visit the Brewery itself here: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Builders%20Brewery/128/193/23
More information about Yen Verhoeven’s research here: http://bit.ly/2gWQDTw
A YouTube video about Yen’s work here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TCrHCWtu194

Builders Brewery - photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Builders Brewery – photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

As we said, this is the last show in the season, but don’t worry – we will be back with a whole new season in September!

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Rocca Sorrentina - photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Rocca Sorrentina – photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Join us at 2pm SLT today, Monday 27th June, for the new episode of Designing Worlds at our studio in Garden of Dreams as we visit the beautiful island of Rocca Sorrentina, an imagining of a late eighteenth century island in the Bay of Naples.

We are joined by two of the people behind Rocca Sorrentina (or Principal Magistrates as they are called) Aldo Stern and Sere Timeless. They take us on a journey of discovery as we learn about the rich culture that flourished in the Kingdom of Naples (much visited on the Grand Tour), and the history that lay behind it, reaching back to the lost cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum, destroyed by the volcanic eruption of Vesuvius.

Rocca Sorrentina - photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Rocca Sorrentina – photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

And we also learn about the culture and exhibitions staged by Rocca Sorrentina, as Elrik explores a fascinating exhibition on the history of the Tarot … and we learn of upcoming exhibitions too.

So come and join us at 2pm for a fascinating and beautiful show.

Rocca Sorrentina - photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Rocca Sorrentina – photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Or – if you can’t attend in person – tune in to the web at 2pm SLT on Monday for a showing on SLartist or on Treet – or catch it later in the week on our shows page on the Treet.tv web site at http://treet.tv/shows/designingworlds, on the SLArtist.com channel, the Aview TV Designing Worlds channel – or on the Designing Worlds blog.

Rocca Sorrentina - photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Rocca Sorrentina – photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

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The latest episode of Designing Worlds – where we visit the  iLearn Lab, the immersive world of the iSchool at the University of Washington – is now on the web.

 

 

We’re given a guided tour by Ran Hinrichs, specialist in immersive information environments at the iSchool Faculty, University of Washington, who takes us on a guided tour to meet fellow faculty, teaching assistants, avalumni and students who take the course offered in Second Life as we learn about the history and content of the fascinating inworld course of which they are all a part.

We see the students at work and discover some of the projects they have created, and also learn about the theory of information that underlies the work they do.

iLab, University of Washing, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

iLab, University of Washing, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

One of the most fascinating aspects of this show is that it was produced in association with the iLearn Lab to an unusual degree!  After discussions, and reading earlier scripts, the students worked to create the script for this episode (with guidance from the Designing Worlds team); they not only appear in the show but also undertook production tasks including set design and costume.

Guests:
Ran Hinrichs, iSchool Faculty, University of Washington
Mano Barkovics, Student iSchool, University of Washington
Nicole Tilly, Student at iSchool, University of Washington
Shannon Garcia, TA, University of Washington
Bob Boiko, iSchool Faculty, University of Washington
Raven Luna, Avalumni, Certificate in Virtual Worlds, University of Washington

UW Production Team:
Juan Cai, Student at iSchool, University of Washington
Sang-Tse Wu, Student at iSchool, University of Washington
Shannon Garcia, TA, University of Washington
Mano Barkovics, Student iSchool, University of Washington

iLab, University of Washing, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

iLab, University of Washing, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

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iLab, University of Washing, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

iLearn Lab, University of Washington, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Join us at 2pm SLT today, Monday 8th February, for the new episode of Designing Worlds at our studio in Garden of Dreams when we will be visiting iLearn Lab, the immersive world of the iSchool at the University of Washington.

We’re given a guided tour by Ran Hinrichs, specialist in immersive information environments at the iSchool Faculty, University of Washington, who takes us on a guided tour to meet fellow faculty, teaching assistants, avalumni and students who take the course offered in Second Life as we learn about the history and content of the fascinating inworld course of which they are all a part.

We see the students at work and discover some of the projects they have created, and also learn about the theory of information that underlies the work they do.

iLab, University of Washing, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

iLearn Lab, University of Washington, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

One of the most fascinating aspects of this show is that it was produced in association with the iLearn Lab to an unusual degree!  After discussions, and reading earlier scripts, the students worked to create the script for this episode (with guidance from the Designing Worlds team); they not only appear in the show but also undertook production tasks including set design and costume.

Guests:
Ran Hinrichs, iSchool Faculty, University of Washington
Mano Barkovics, Student iSchool, University of Washington
Nicole Tilly, Student at iSchool, University of Washington
Shannon Garcia, TA, University of Washington
Bob Boiko, iSchool Faculty, University of Washington
Raven Luna, Avalumni, Certificate in Virtual Worlds, University of Washington

UW Production Team:
Juan Cai, Student at iSchool, University of Washington
Sang-Tse Wu, Student at iSchool, University of Washington
Shannon Garcia, TA, University of Washington
Mano Barkovics, Student iSchool, University of Washington

iLab, University of Washing, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

iLearn Lab, University of Washington, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Or – if you can’t attend in person – tune in to the web at 2pm SLT on Monday for a showing on SLartist or on Treet – or catch it later in the week on our shows page on the Treet.tv web site at http://treet.tv/shows/designingworlds, on the SLArtist.com channel, the Aview TV Designing Worlds channel – or on the Designing Worlds blog.

It makes for a fascinating show that you won’t want to miss!

To find out more visit the University of Washington campus at: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/UW%20Avalumni/145/117/25

iLab, University of Washing, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

iLearn Lab, University of Washington, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

 

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Luxembourg 1867, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Luxembourg 1867, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Join Designing Worlds at 2pm today, Monday 12th October at our studio in Garden of Dreams, as we visit a fascinating project in Second Life that takes us to a recreation of one of the smaller countries in Europe – Luxembourg. But it’s a country that has played a momentous part in the history of Europe, not least because Luxembourg was one of the three countries that formed the original trade alliance from which the European Union grew. And for Luxembourgers, an earlier point in time, 1867, was a signifciant part in their story as a nation.

To find out why, you’ll need to see today’s show!

Luxembourg 1867, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Luxembourg 1867, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

We are joined by Hauptmann Weydert, the Luxembourger behind the project, who takes us on a tour of both the city and the fortifications. Working with two real life museums in Luxembourg, Herr Hauptmann Weydert has re-created Pfaffenthal, a fascinating part of the lower city as well as Fort Thüngen, that played such a significant role in its history.  And he tells us about the museums’ involvement and plans, as well as showing us how Luxembourg is made more realistic by a growing community of Second Life residents who have chosen to make it their home.

This is a really fascinating show – make sure you join us, at 2pm today!

Luxembourg 1867, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Luxembourg 1867, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Or – if you can’t attend in person – tune in to the web at 2pm SLT on Monday for a showing on SLartist or on Treet – or catch it later in the week on our shows page on the Treet.tv web site at http://treet.tv/shows/designingworlds, on the SLArtist.com channel, the Aview TV Designing Worlds channel – or on the Designing Worlds blog.

To find out more about Luxembourg 1867 see:
Pfaffenthal in Second Life: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Pfaffenthal%20Vauban/174/19/291867
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/1867asbl
Additional Information and Documents on Dropbox: http://bit.ly/1G8V97P

Luxembourg 1867, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Luxembourg 1867, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

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The latest episode of Designing Worlds –  exploring some of the many organisations offering inworld training – is now on the web!

NB Ignore the spinning wheel and click the start button!

We are joined by Brace Coral of NCI (New Citizens Incorporated), Toady Nakamura, Flea Bussey and Leslea of Raglan U, and Sen Maximus of Builders’ Brewery. Together we discuss the nature of education in a virtual world, and also the challenges of teaching (largely with volunteers) in Second Life.

Then, while Elrik explores the classrooms of New Citizens Incorporated and Builders’ Brewery, Saffia takes a class at Raglan U with Toady Nakamura, ever dauntless, attempting to teach her to build …

Inworld Education - Builders Brewery, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Inworld Education – Builders Brewery, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

More Information:
New Citizens Incorporated
http://www.nci-sl.info/blog/
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Fishermans%20Cove/37/232/25

Raglan U
http://raglanshire.com/raglan-u/
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Raglan%20Shire/158/75/23

Builders Brewery
http://www.buildersbrewery.com/
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Builders%20Brewery/127/194/23

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Inworld Education - Builders Brewery, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Inworld Education – Builders Brewery, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Join us at 2pm today, Monday 9th March for the new episode of Designing Worlds at our studio in Garden of Dreams, when we’ll be exploring some of the many organisations offering inworld training in what is planned to be the first of several shows on this topic.

Today we’ll be joined by Brace Coral of NCI (New Citizens Incorporated), Toady Nakamura, Flea Bussey and Leslea of Raglan U, and Sen Maximus of Builders’ Brewery. Together we discuss the nature of education in a virtual world, and also the challenges of teaching (largely with volunteers) in Second Life.

Then, while Elrik explores the classrooms of New Citizens Incorporated and Builders’ Brewery, Saffia takes a class at Raglan U with Toady Nakamura, ever dauntless, attempting to teach her to build …

Inworld Education - Raglan U, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Inworld Education – Raglan U, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

It makes for a fascinating show so do join us, at 2pm today!

Or – if you can’t attend in person – tune in to the web at 2pm SLT on Monday for a showing on SLartist or on Treet – or catch it later in the week on our shows page on the Treet.tv web site at http://treet.tv/shows/designingworlds, on the SLArtist.com channel,  the Aview TV Designing Worlds channel – or on the Designing Worlds blog.

Inworld Education - NCI Beach, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Inworld Education – NCI Beach, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

More Information:
New Citizens Incorporated
http://www.nci-sl.info/blog/
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Fishermans%20Cove/37/232/25

Raglan U
http://raglanshire.com/raglan-u/
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Raglan%20Shire/158/75/23

Builders Brewery
http://www.buildersbrewery.com/
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Builders%20Brewery/127/194/23

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Don’t miss the recent Designing Worlds show exploring three fascinating educational projects, created by two Finnish designers, which demonstrate that Second Life can be used for education on a variety of levels.

Case Dirval and Yolanda Hirvi are the designers behind Metaverstas (in English here), and they take us through three fascinating projects – firstly a virtual microbrewery created for a technical college, then a series of biochemistry laboratories created for Finland’s largest university, and finally a history project created to teach high school students about the Winter War, when Finland was attacked by the USSR in 1939.

Microbrewery

Microbrewery

The projects demonstrates how Second Life can be used to replicate processes which would – if based in the real world – would be hugely time consuming and costly. They also offer the opportunity for students to learn associated tasks such as laboratory safety and security without needing to utilise real facilities. And they also offer the opportunity to study exactly how students learn.

Biochemistry Lab at Aalto University

Biochemistry Lab at Aalto University

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