30 November 2010: Assessment in Virtual Worlds with SLOODLE

Daniel Jack Livingstone (University of the West of Scotland, Paisley, Scotland, UK)

SLOODLE (Simulation Linked Object Oriented Dynamic Learning Environment) integrates 3D virtual worlds such as Second Life and OpenSim with the open source Moodle learning-management system (LMS) to facilitate student interactions in the 3D world whilst maintaining the affordances of an LMS for tracking and assessing student actions and responses. 

SLOODLE features a range of tools which can be used to support assessment, including: 

  • a Quiz tool which allows the presentation of a Moodle quiz inside the virtual world in a rich 3D setting 
  • a Virtual Dropbox for the submission of student created virtual world content 
  • logging tools to track and record inworld activity (Tracker and Web-Intercom)
  • Awards - an experimental points based system for Virtual Worlds 

Additionally, recent changes to the Second Life platform (and forthcoming for OpenSim) have greatly improved the ability to view web-content directly from inside the virtual world - and this itself opens up a wide range of possibilities for supporting assessment in virtual worlds. 

The session will present a range of examples using these tools and features to show how SLOODLE can support a range of formative and summative assessments in a virtual world.

Duration: 1 hour.

You Tube version (Flash video)

A screen cast of the session in 7 parts.

Start playing via You Tube (as a play list): http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=6B4D8E8C5277536B (You can choose to view in standard definition or high definition or in full screen mode).

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