Second Life: Streaming and Learning

I introduced the students who are taking second year museum studies at the Department of Culture and Media to Second Life yesterday. The students will be using the HUMlab Island in Second Life as the site for their assessment projects, which is exciting and will hopefully allow them full reign with creativity and reflection.

This morning I took part in a test to see if we could stream live video into Second Life and show it on a large screen on the HUMlab Island. It was very easy to open the stream and then it took a little time to fine tune the appearance and quality of the stream inworld. I first built the screen myself, which caused problems with dimensions and size. I tried then to build one from joined objects which resulted in a double then a quadruple image (very Andy Wahol…no?).

Double Image SL Stream

We received help with setting up the live stream from the University Pedagogy Center (UPC) at Umeå University, which supplied a QuickTime server (the accepted file format for video streaming in Second Life). Thanks to Jörgan for the assistance.

On Friday at 13:00 until 15:00 we will be streaming on the HUMlab Island in Second Life a lecture (in Swedish and English), an introduction to blogging as part of the museum studies course. If you are interested in watching the stream please log into Second Life (Account necessary, details on the web page from link) and teleport to the Island from this link (will activate closer to lecture time).