This week I did two things I didn’t really want to do; building in SL and playing World of Warcraft (WoW for short). However, like the dutiful and compliant student, I was determined to complete my assignments.
Once I downloaded WoW and created my dwarf, I started trying to figure out how to “play” the game. While somewhat intuitive, I found myself challenged. I know we will eventually be meeting and playing with my classmates in the Sisters of Elune Realm, but for now, I am just trying to develop some experience in navigating this new virtual world.
I realize that this virtual world has the potential for teaching team skills! Instead of having my students work in teams to write and present a paper on some theory, I could have them work in Teams in WoW. The experience would more closely align with real world team work and problem solving than what my students normally experience in the “typical” group project. I see great potential and direct application for this tool!
Now onto building in SL: I’m not sure why I was so hesitant to build in SL but I found the experience fun. It certainly helped that Jane/Esme was guiding me through the process. Now all I have to do is find some furniture!
What I learned – I had to use problem solving skills and experimentation – very cool…created some new brain synapses today! So, even though I started the week thinking I would not enjoy this week’s activity, I was very pleasantly surprised.