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Simple Tools for Creating Videos for the July 27th Nonprofit Commons Meeting

Join us Friday, July 27th for the Nonprofit Commons in Second Life meeting where we will discuss some simple tools to create videos for your nonprofit or educational content. Come to learn about new tools, and share your own video storytelling tips.
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Nonprofit Commons Weekly Meeting 
Friday, July 27th, 8:30 AM PT / SLT
Plush Nonprofit Commons Amphitheater 
 
AGENDA (all times below PT) 
  • 8:30 am Introductions & Updates
  • 8:45 am Mentors Central  
  • 9:00 am Featured Discussion - Simple Tools for Creating Videos
  • 9:50 am Open Mic
 
The mission of the Nonprofit Commons in Second Life is to create a community for nonprofits to explore and learn about virtual worlds, foster connections, and discover the many ways in which nonprofits might utilize the unique environment of Second Life to achieve their missions. http://nonprofitcommons.org
 

Exploring the 2018 Virtual Worlds MOOC #VWMOOC for the July 20th Nonprofit Commons Meeting

Join us Friday, July 20th for the Nonprofit Commons in Second Life meeting will feature Dr. Nancy Zingrone, who is an organizer of this year's Virtual World MOOC #VWMOOC18, along with Dr. Doris Molero, and Dr. Nellie Deutsch. The #VWMOOC is a free, month-long multi-platform virtual conference focusing on teaching and learning in virtual worlds, this year taking place August 1-31, 2018.
 
The theme of the current MOOC is “Connecting in Virtual Worlds. Communities of Practice” There are a plethora of communities in virtual worlds promoting education and learning through connecting online via web technologies such as Second Life. The MOOC will be connecting online for collaborative learning and teaching around the world through virtual worlds like Second Life, Minecraft, or OpenSim. The live presentations will include the speakers’ reflective process on teaching and learning in fully online and blended learning formats. VWMOOC18 is for educators, schools, and public and private businesses that wish to provide training in virtual worlds. Weekly badges and a final certificate of completion will be available for free. 
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Nonprofit Commons Weekly Meeting 
Friday, July 20th, 8:30 AM PT / SLT
Plush Nonprofit Commons Amphitheater 
 
AGENDA (all times below PT) 
  • 8:30 am Introductions & Updates
  • 8:45 am Mentors Central  - Gentle Heron, "Corporate Social Media Blunders"
  • 9:00 am Featured Discussion - VWMOOC
  • 9:50 am Open Mic
 
The mission of the Nonprofit Commons in Second Life is to create a community for nonprofits to explore and learn about virtual worlds, foster connections, and discover the many ways in which nonprofits might utilize the unique environment of Second Life to achieve their missions. http://nonprofitcommons.org
 

Gamified Education for the July 13th Nonprofit Commons Meeting

Join us Friday, July 13th for the Nonprofit Commons in Second Life meeting featuring Brant Knutzen (MrK Kas in Second Life), University of Hong Kong, who will lead us in a workshop in Second Life that integrates gameplay through structured roleplays in a virtual environment and educational tools like Moodle.  
 
We will start at the  NPC amphitheater and then TP to the start of The Agency game, where we will do a walk-through of the SL game activities and context.   
 
About The Agency Game: Someone has been changing the timeline, and players have been "recruited" to join the Agency, a group of people who are trying to stop the diversion of the timeline and restore the original path.   In mission #1, players must teleport back to Venice, Italy in the year 1600 and man the "Black Pearl" pirate ship to stop an invasion and sacking of the Republic!  This game is designed to develop camera controls and requires a team strategy to win.  In Mission #2, players join the Masked Carnival of Venice to meet with the Duke and stop the people plotting a coup to overthrow the elected government.  This game is designed to develop team communication and collaboration to solve an ambiguous problem.
About Brant Knutzen 
Brant has been doing research on the use of the Second Life virtual world for education since 2008 and is currently investigating the roles of virtual identity and social constructivism as they impact on learning outcomes using virtual worlds. Brant developed and manages three full regions in Second Life: HKU Medicine Island, HKU Education Island, and Lingnan University Drama Island.  In 2015 Brant developed The Medieval Quest as a gamified self-learning exercise for training students in the basic user interface skills for Second Life.  He is currently beta testing "The Agency" as a more focused gamification of education to examine group collaboration for problem-based learning in the virtual world.  This game is integrated with conditional activities in the Moodle LMS to control access and create a multi-level gamified environment. http://brant.knutzen.se/
 
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Nonprofit Commons Weekly Meeting 
Friday, July 13th, 8:30 AM PT / SLT
Plush Nonprofit Commons Amphitheater 
 
AGENDA (all times below PT) 
8:30 am Introductions & Updates
8:40 am Featured Workshop - Gamified Education Workshop
 
The mission of the Nonprofit Commons in Second Life is to create a community for nonprofits to explore and learn about virtual worlds, foster connections, and discover the many ways in which nonprofits might utilize the unique environment of Second Life to achieve their missions. http://nonprofitcommons.org

No Meeting for the July 6th Nonprofit Commons Meeting

For observation of the 4th of July holiday this week, we will not be a meeting this Friday, July 6th. Our next Nonprofit Commons community meeting will be Friday, July 13, 2018 at our usual 8:30AM PT.

 

Psychological Benefits of Virtual Nature for June 29th Nonprofit Commons Meeting

Join us Friday, June 29th for the Nonprofit Commons in Second Life meeting will be heading to the Science Circle Foundation event featuring Dr. Benny Rigaux-Bricmont presenting on the psychological benefits of virtual nature, and a tour of the virtual island of Natmoud. His current research project is focused on seniors in Second Life in order to analyze their behavior and the effects of digital immersion and quality in their real life.
 
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Nonprofit Commons Weekly Meeting 
Friday, June 29th, 8:30 AM PT / SLT
Plush Nonprofit Commons Amphitheater 
 
AGENDA (all times below PT) 
8:30 am Introductions & Updates
8:40 am Mentors Central & Announcements 
8:50 am Community Open Mic & Announcements
9:00 am Featured Discussion - Science Circle tour: SLurl https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Natmoud%20Island/52/137/28
 
The mission of the Nonprofit Commons in Second Life is to create a community for nonprofits to explore and learn about virtual worlds, foster connections, and discover the many ways in which nonprofits might utilize the unique environment of Second Life to achieve their missions. http://nonprofitcommons.org

Virtual Worlds, Disability and New Cultures of the Embodied Self for June 22 Nonprofit Commons Meeting

Join us Friday, June 22nd for the Nonprofit Commons in Second Life meeting, featuring Donna Davis and Tom Boellstorff presenting on their "Virtual Worlds, Disability, and New Cultures of the Embodied Self" research project. The researchers launched the community “Ethnographia" three years ago, creating a safe space for qualitative discussion, and therefore real research, on the individual experiences of anyone in Second Life who identifies, or is identified as, “disabled.” The research is supported by the University of California, Irvine; the University of Oregon; and a grant from the National Science Foundation (Cultural Anthropology and Science, Technology, and Society).
Join us in Second Life!
 
Nonprofit Commons Weekly Meeting 
Friday, June 22nd, 8:30 AM PT / SLT
Plush Nonprofit Commons Amphitheater 
 
AGENDA (all times below PT) 
8:30 am Introductions & Updates
8:45 am Mentors Central & Announcements 
9:00 am Featured Discussion - Virtual Worlds, Disability, and New Cultures of the Embodied Self 
9:50 am Community Open Mic & Announcements
 
The mission of the Nonprofit Commons in Second Life is to create a community for nonprofits to explore and learn about virtual worlds, foster connections, and discover the many ways in which nonprofits might utilize the unique environment of Second Life to achieve their missions. http://nonprofitcommons.org

The ENT Charitable Fund for the June 15th Nonprofit Commons meeting

Join us Friday, June 15th for the Nonprofit Commons in Second Life meeting will feature Kaijah Chrome who will present to us about the ENT Charitable Fund whose purpose is to raise money which will be distributed among worthy charities, both within and external to Second Life. Kaijah will share how the development and revenue of the Sound Quiz game, a Matter of Time, and ENT SL Radio are financial resources to fund the ENT Charitable Fund.
 
Join us in Second Life!
 
Nonprofit Commons Weekly Meeting 
Friday, June 15th, 8:30 AM PT / SLT
Plush Nonprofit Commons Amphitheater 
 
AGENDA (all times below PT) 
  • 8:30 am Introductions & Updates
  • 8:45 am Mentors Central 
  • 9:00 am Featured Discussion - ENT Charitable Fund
  • 9:50 am Open Mic
 
The mission of the Nonprofit Commons in Second Life is to create a community for nonprofits to explore and learn about virtual worlds, foster connections, and discover the many ways in which nonprofits might utilize the unique environment of Second Life to achieve their missions. http://nonprofitcommons.org

Open Forum: Future of Work discussion for the June 8th Nonprofit Commons meeting

Join us Friday, June 8th for the Nonprofit Commons in Second Life meeting features a mentors central presentation and discussion around the recent keynote about the future of work by Tamara McCleary at the Digital Business World Congress 2018 #DES2018 in Madrid.
 
It will also be an opportunity to ask any burning tech, social media, or community questions you might have.
 
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Nonprofit Commons Weekly Meeting 
Friday, June 8th, 8:30 AM PT / SLT
Plush Nonprofit Commons Amphitheater 
 
AGENDA (all times below PT) 
8:30 am Introductions & Updates
8:45 am Mentors Central 
9:00 am Featured Discussion - Open Forum: discussion on Future of Work
9:50 am Open Mic
 
The mission of the Nonprofit Commons in Second Life is to create a community for nonprofits to explore and learn about virtual worlds, foster connections, and discover the many ways in which nonprofits might utilize the unique environment of Second Life to achieve their missions. http://nonprofitcommons.org

Bernhard Drax Q/A of Our Digital Selves: My Avatar is Me documentary for 6/1 Nonprofit Commons Meeting

Join us Friday, June 1st for the Nonprofit Commons in Second Life meeting, featuring a discussion and Q/A with Bernhard Drax (Draxtor Despres in Second Life) who recently produced the feature documentary “Our Digital Selves: My Avatar is me”, chronicling the research of social scientists Donna Davis and Tom Boellstorff on embodiment and placemaking in virtual worlds. 
 
"Virtual Worlds, Disability, and New Cultures of the Embodied Self" is a research project with two Principal Investigators, Tom Boellstorff and Donna Z. Davis. The research is supported by the University of California, Irvine; the University of Oregon; and a grant from the National Science Foundation (Cultural Anthropology and Science, Technology, and Society).
The researchers launched the community “Ethnographia" three years ago, creating a safe space for qualitative discussion, and therefore real research, on the individual experiences of anyone in Second Life who identifies, or is identified as, “disabled,” and the resulting documentary, presenting people in their own words, is something everyone should see.
 
Watch the full documentary at http://ourdigitalselves.com/documentary/ and come ready to discuss and ask questions.

 
Bernhard Drax is an award-winning producer who creates interactive audio/video content and devises new media concepts for corporate and academic clientele. In addition to producing music for film, television and the web Bernhard has a solid background in radio news production and print journalism.
Join us in Second Life!
 
Nonprofit Commons Weekly Meeting 
Friday, June 1st, 8:30 AM PT / SLT
Plush Nonprofit Commons Amphitheater 
 
AGENDA (all times below PT) 
8:30 am Introductions & Updates
8:45 am Featured Discussion - Bernhard Drax, Q/A of “Our Digital Selves: My Avatar is me” documentary 
9:00 am Mentors Central & Announcements 
9:50 am Community Open Mic & Announcements
 
The mission of the Nonprofit Commons in Second Life is to create a community for nonprofits to explore and learn about virtual worlds, foster connections, and discover the many ways in which nonprofits might utilize the unique environment of Second Life to achieve their missions. http://nonprofitcommons.org

Touring cybaLOUNGE Browser-Based Virtual World for the May 25th Nonprofit Commons Meeting

Join us Friday, May 25th for the NonProfit Commons in Second Life meeting, which will feature Dieter Heyne (Edward Tarber in Second Life) who will discuss web-based virtual worlds, and host a tour of several spaces within the cybaLOUNGE web-based virtual world.

 

Dieter Heyne is a Computer Scientist, Software Architect, Virtual World Creator, and Metaverse traveler who has spent the last three years developing cybaLOUNGE, a web browser based virtual world.

 

Join us in Second Life!

 

Nonprofit Commons Weekly Meeting 

Friday, May 25th, 8:30 AM PT / SLT

Plush Nonprofit Commons Amphitheater 

http://bit.ly/NPCinSL

 

AGENDA (all times below PT) 

  • 8:30 am Introductions & Updates
  • 8:45 am Mentors Central 
  • 8:55 am Open Mic & Announcements
  • 9:00 am Featured Discussion - Tour of CybaLOUNGE
  • we will get a chance to tour a nonprofit meeting area in cybaLOUNGE, a 3D virtual world running entirely in your browser, which allows you to explore different locations, meet people, talk, and listen to music, presentations, or watch a movie. 

 

The mission of the Nonprofit Commons in Second Life is to create a community for nonprofits to explore and learn about virtual worlds, foster connections, and discover the many ways in which nonprofits might utilize the unique environment of Second Life to achieve their missions. 

http://nonprofitcommons.org

 

 

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