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Virtual Centre for Digital Media Open House – Nov 25 th , 2006 .
Virtual Research Assistants <ul><li>Welcome to the Virtual Centre for Digital Media and thank you for coming to our open house. My name is JoannaTrail Blazer – I am a Virtual Research Assistant for the Masters of Digital Media Program I’m a graduate student in Popular culture and gender & online games virtual environments researcher at Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario. </li></ul><ul><li>My name is TracyTrail Blazer, I’m also a Virtual Research Assistant for the Masters of Digital Media Program. In Real Life I’m a PhD Candidate in Sociology at the University of Toronto, where I research the domestication of the internet. I also research gaming and virtual realities on things like communities & social networks. </li></ul>
Welcome! <ul><li>We’d like to thank you for joining us today for our open house. We have a Goodie Bag from GNWC on the table over here for our Second Life visitors – feel free to Right Click and Touch. </li></ul><ul><li>There’s also a nice gift bag from Telus as well – Right Click and Touch. </li></ul><ul><li>Let’s start the tour through the doors here </li></ul>
Foyer & Reception Area <ul><li>This is the Foyer and over here is our reception desk. We also have a Noticeboard, the SLEdPicayune newsletter on education will be available and a Teleport to ICT Library in SL. </li></ul><ul><li>Here students and can post notices of upcoming events or landmarks to interesting places they want to share. Others can post useful academic or industry links. </li></ul><ul><li>It’s a nice spot for sharing resources and information. Ok, let’s have a look at the classrooms – follow me... </li></ul>
Traditional Style Lecture Hall <ul><li>This area is a more traditional style lecture hall classroom. You’ll notice the large screen we have here – right now we are playing the Machinima, which is about the building of the Virtual Centre for Digital Media. </li></ul><ul><li>This is an area where we can have keynote speakers, stream guest lecturers and where students can give presentations about their team projects. It’s also a space for possible conferences or large group discussions. </li></ul><ul><li>We have another classroom right over here – this way... </li></ul>
Collaborative Learning & Teamwork Room <ul><li>This is the collaborative learning & teamwork classroom where students can work and interact together at the table or at the couches for more casual setting. </li></ul><ul><li>Students in the MDM program spend time working on team projects for course credit in real life. In this multi-media space, they can choose how they collaborate; they can share their project ideas on the whiteboard, use the laptops, post power points and so forth. </li></ul><ul><li>Part of the curriculum for the MDM is a course called ‘Building Virtual Worlds’, so not only can students team up in these virtual classrooms, it’s also where students can get together to work as a team outside of classroom time – they can do this from any location such as their homes. </li></ul><ul><li>Let’s have a look at the Arcade and Play area… </li></ul>
Arcade – Gaming & Play – Under Construction <ul><li>This is the Arcade Area for students – a neat spot where they can game & play together. They can also display their own virtual creations for their peers to try or test out their team projects. </li></ul><ul><li>This area is still under construction with some flexibility – depending on the student’s needs, but our future plans include a skybox with immersive gaming such as space invaders and Tringo. </li></ul><ul><li>We’re going to move upstairs now to have a look at the offices – this way... </li></ul>
Office Spaces <ul><li>We have three offices designated for faculty and research assistants. </li></ul><ul><li>These offices allow students and faculty to meet one on one in a more private space. Faculty and research assistants can hold office hours here and be available to address program or course related questions that students might have. </li></ul><ul><li>On the other side of the stairs over here we have a larger office – let’s have a look. </li></ul>
Office Spaces <ul><li>This large office is an additional space for people to collaborate in smaller teams, but also a social space for just sitting, chatting and having a coffee. </li></ul><ul><li>This area also has a nice balcony with a view – let’s go through these doors and have a look. </li></ul>
Balcony with a View <ul><li>This is the last stop on our tour – the balcony with a view and a sitting area. What you’ve seen here today is a starting point - we envision the CDM evolving as we go, as students will contribute to creating and building their own virtual learning environments, with potential for expansion and remodelling. </li></ul><ul><li>We have other ideas of what we’d like to do in the future, for example, we’d like to have a ‘sandbox’ where students can work on building their virtual projects – it’s an area where students can work freely with their inventory to create and build objects and write scripts. </li></ul>
With thanks… <ul><li>We hope that you’ve enjoyed the tour of the Virtual Centre for Digital Media. </li></ul><ul><li>Thank you all for coming and sharing this with us. </li></ul>