Wednesday, December 03, 2008

SecondLife as Video Development Tool - not immersive environment

One of the innovative sessions at DevLearn08 this year demonstrated how SecondLife can be used as a video production tool.  There is so much talk (i.e. Hype) about SecondLife as an immersive learning environment, that it was really cool to see how we (instructional developers) can use the same tool for creating content without ever forcing our users to enter SecondLife.

SecondLife eLearning Innovator

SubQuark (aka David Miller) was the presenter for that session and after receiving some comments during DemoFest he put together a demo of a talking avatar using SecondLife.  You can see it at his blogpost

David also was entered in DemoFest.  Check out his entry.  If you didn't think you could teach something with SecondLife Machinima then this should help change your mind.  There is some great info in his blogpost as well about the tools he used to create the video.  He also has a demo version of it that plays on a Blackberry...killer mLearning.

No SecondLife is NOT mobile yet, but your video that you created using SecondLife as a production tool CAN be.

I also did one of our GuildCasts inworld with David.  It was very fun and a very visually unique way to do an interview.

I am a firm believer that we (instructional designers) need to be MUCH more creative in our work.  And by creative I mean more visually appealing, but also utilizing tools in different and unique ways. 

David Miller is an innovator doing some amazing training development.  You can follow David at  Thanks David for sharing your thoughts and innovations with our eLearning colleagues.

Another SecondLife Innovator

If you are interested in other SecondLife talent within your eLearning Guild you can also check in with David Anderson (SL name: Oque Augustus) at David Anderson gave a workshop on Secondlife at DevLearn2008 that was well received.  He gave out DVDs with tutorials to the attendees and went the extra mile to create an inworld conference center and sandbox that blew us all away.  David is also an amazing elearning strategist working in the corporate space managing innovative learning projects of all types.

Why do I call out these 2 innovators?  Because when you're stuck in your cubicle and just cranking out another captivate movie waiting for the day to be over, its hard to see, and WANT, to do something different...perhaps better, or uniquely innovative.  You may not be able to get SecondLife behind your filewall for your employees...ever!  But that doens't mean you can't use it to create some very compelling training content.

I also hope you will be inspired to look at ALL of the tools you use in creative, new, innovative ways.  I especially look towards innovation that helps everyone do cool things on a budget.  This work fits that criteria.  Open source tools and free web apps are popping up all over the place.  I would encourage you to use them.  And then share your experiences with others.
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