SLCC2009: Using the Virtual to Teach the Real: Lessons from teaching MBA, Design, and Engineering Students (Workshop)

What: As part of the Second Life Community Conference, a workshop.
When: August 13-16, 2009. Time: TBD
Where: San Francisco, CA


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Dr. Yesha Y. Sivan will be presenting a three hour workshop, titled “Using the Virtual to Teach the Real: Lessons from Teaching MBA, Design and Engineering Students” at the 2009 Second Life Community Convention. This workshop will focus on lessons learned from running 10 university level courses that used the virtual world to teach real life skills. This workshop will cover the following topics:

  • Getting to know a new medium (3D3C virtual worlds)
  • Living the full cycle of creation
  • Idea generating, market research, planning, sub contracting, pricing, selling, servicing and more
  • The technical tasks: picture, car, shirt, ball
  • The project tasks: plan, final submission, core technology
  • How to work in a new system where there is no way to learn it all.
  • Grading methods and Testing
  • Final project ideas (we will cover 20 different ideas and reflect upon them)
  • Concrete technical tips for making groups, funding student work (when to give funds), client setup
  • Overall value perceived and actual value for students

Dr. Yesha Sivan is a senior lecturer at the Department of Software Engineering. Shenkar College of Engineering and Design. He is also the founder of Metaverse Labs (MVL) – a leading think tank focusing on linking virtual and real worlds. Dr. Sivan is a pioneer and leader of technologies for knowledge infrastructures. His professional experience in the development of innovative workplaces for corporate, hi-tech, government, military and defense environments.

For those interested in integrating Second Life into your course curriculum, this workshop will best suit you.

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