Archive for February, 2010

Future Genesis: The Transformation Station Tour Guide

Thursday, February 25th, 2010

Future Genesis is the Second Life avatar name of the machine driven cyborg designed to serve as a station tour guide in a futuristic transformation station that provide students with a unique experience in changing avatar identity prior to sending them on a journey of scientific discovery through Second Life worlds. 

This immersive simulation is the Second Life component of an interdisciplinary science course titled the Future of Being Human.Throughout this course, students discuss biological enhancements, advances in neuroscience, medical breakthroughs, technological change and exponential computing. They use scientific experimentation to analyze how the experience of virtuality is changing human beings and their environments and assess implications of science and technology policies related to technological advances. Finally, they participate in a simulation of virtuality reflecting Vittorio Gallese’s theory of embodied simulation. 

The immersive learning activity provides students with the opportunity to experience transformation, transport to various worlds, and explore future, past and imagined worlds in their new form. Students use scientific methodology within a framework of biological advances, artificial life, and emerging technologies, and write a 500-word scientific report based on their experiences.  To do this, students enter the transformation station, transform their avatar, and receive a heads-up display (HUD) to guide them through exploration and discovery using the scientific method.

The machine driven avatar Future Genesis was developed as a solution to provide students with 24/7 assistance in introducing the student to the transformation station and providing hands-on instructions on how to operate the station, transform avatars, and receive the heads-up display.

Making a Visual Argument

Wednesday, February 17th, 2010

Our students enjoy engaging in a variety of learning activities that are personally meaningful and span across learning styles.  In Exploring Society, students are asked to demonstrate their knowledge using more than just words. Students combine images and captions of the world in which they live that touch on the issue of race, class, gender, social inequality or stratification using a slide show maker of their choice.  Students can take their own photos or use a specialized image search engines such as Google Image Search, Flickr, or AltaVista Image to create their presentation. This example on Slave Resistance was created in Vuvox.

 

Health Policy Course – a student community blog

Friday, February 5th, 2010

NUR 403 “Healthcare Policy and Delivery Systems” uses a blog activity to enable students to share posts and experience online publishing using a blog. The students prepare and post a comment addressing 3 of the 5 health policy topics. The activity is intended to familiarize students with the concept of sharing information publicly and electronically, as well as preparing well thought out and well prepared statements on current issues. In addition, the students experience just-in-time alerts in their e-mail and can start to consider how this method of sharing information can be used in other venues of health care leadership, education, and advocacy. http://commons.esc.edu/nur403-1

 

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