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Saturday, May 22 • 11:00am - 12:00pm
Guided Virtual Adventure: Is the Amani Ready to Sail Safely?

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Tour guide(s)/leader(s)
Ms. Winslow, Bethany, bethany.winslow@sjsu.edu, San Jose State University
Tour group capacity
Join a recon mission at Limiland, aboard a full scale cruise ship, in the OpenSim world of Kitely. This guided immersive virtual adventure was developed for cruise ship operations management students at a public university as an extra credit activity. Students who normally have the opportunity to visit a real cruise ship do not have this option during a pandemic. Also, online students have no such option at all. This large virtual cruise ship can be navigated with an avatar by anyone with a free OpenSim account and a free virtual world viewer. The purpose of this activity is to explore how immersive role play, the use of the provided inspector's checklist, and the embedded information in key locations on the ship helps students determine if the Amani is ready to sail in a post pandemic world. In particular, students are on the lookout for three COVID molecules with critical information about the lasting impact on the cruising industry in the areas of health, leadership, and finance.  Educators who attend this guided adventure will be able to see for themselves what desktop virtual worlds offer right now, compared with less accessible experiences designed solely for head mounted display use.
Target audience sector
Higher education, The target audience are educators who are interested in exploring and learning more about what different virtual world platforms offer in terms of immersive learning and engagement. This is particularly applicable to educators who want to see for themselves what desktop virtual worlds offers educators right now, compared with experiences designed solely for head-mounted display use.
Supported devices
Desktop/laptop - Windows, Desktop/laptop - Mac
Platform/environment access
To visit the Kitely virtual world you need a free account (Kitely or OpenSim) and a hypergrid enabled viewer. This is different from the one used to access Second life. (OpenSim worlds are the open-source versions of Second Life, so if you are familiar with SL you won't have any trouble in OS. If you have never used SL or a similar viewer, you will need time to get acquainted with this technology.) See the Google Doc linked below which walks you through how to choose between two options to visit us. You'll also find it has links to videos and other tutorials to help, if needed. https://docs.google.com/document/d/1VMGayNnWzxvzBCiHoya1IlSn3DAGw2UNy7rbrPm7MZg/edit?usp=sharing

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Bethany Winslow

Director of Online Learning, School of Information, San Jose State University
As director of online learning in our school of information, I work to continually improve teaching and learning in the online environment for faculty members and students.  I'm particularly interested in virtual worlds and social virtual reality, and how these technologies can be... Read More →

Saturday May 22, 2021 11:00am - 12:00pm EDT