[SLED] Voice - and a question about events

Cathal McCauley cathal.mccauley at ucd.ie
Fri Mar 2 01:49:23 PST 2007

HI Julie,


You missed a good one on Tuesday in Trinity College.  I reported on it
briefly on a blog <http://ucdlibraryresearch.blogspot.com/> .  While still
occasionally chaotic it was well organized and there was a useful
discussion. The organizers are thinking of doing more.  Contact one of the
organizers Elizabeth Anne Barth [eliz.barth at gmail.com] for more information.






From: educators-bounces at lists.secondlife.com
[mailto:educators-bounces at lists.secondlife.com] On Behalf Of Julie Henderson
Sent: 28 February 2007 02:03
To: SL Educators
Subject: [SLED] Voice - and a question about events




Argh! Just wrote a response that my computer ate.


A colleague and I did an experiment last week using voice with Elluminate
(collaborative software) and SL and it seemed to work really well. The
project that I am looking at developing is targeting communication in the
healthcare environment and I think that voice is necessary in this
situation. (Especially since one of the groups that we are looking at
piloting this project with are non-native speakers of English). 


I don't mind the text chat if I meet people in world and chat, but the
reason for my foray into SL was because I thought it could be a really
excellent arena to practice spoken English in a real world kind of context.


Has anyone else tried using SL in tandem with collaborative software?




I have attended a few events in SL and have been a bit disappointed. They
have started late and have been a tad disorganized and haven't really shown
me good examples of SL used well for educational purposes. (Do I sound like
your spinster aunt?) Can any of you suggest some events that I should attend
to have a good experience of SL being used well for larger group events and
for instruction?






SL: Juju Ling



Julie Henderson
International Program Specialist
UF College of Pharmacy
hender at cop.ufl.edu



From: educators-bounces at lists.secondlife.com on behalf of fred fuchs
Sent: Tue 2/27/2007 8:52 PM
To: SL Educators
Subject: Re: [SLED] Voice: Let's talk about it!

On Tuesday 27 February 2007 18:07, Mini Kahlon wrote:
> The other piece about chat that I think is really compelling - that
> isn't achieved by using skype - is that 'chatting' is accompanied by
> physical typing motion.

As unnatural as the typing seemed at first, it's part of the immersion now.

> That combination makes you feel like you're
> actually engaging with the other avatar.  Whenever I've used skype, it's
> felt more disjointed.  Integrating avatar mouth movements with voice
> would give us the same effect.  Wonder if we'll see that in June.

Skype can still work with SL. If one points at a diagram, or a mock-up of
prims on the ground. But it's not the same.

Those who come into SL and always use voice will miss part of the
It's hard to narrow down.

Text chat is slower than voice. The extra time allows people to be more
introspective and thoughtful.

It's harder to monopolize the conversation in text chatting. Those without
loud voices and assertive natures can participate more fully. That's why
meek, but creative people can do well in SL.

Still communications speed is important. Business users really do need


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