Sunday, May 23, 2010

A Game Of Archery, and A Mysterious Disappearance

                    Mildred, Fadumo, Ned, Zelda, and Paty hanging out in the archery area.

At 7pm on Sunday evening, several of the students met out on Nightingale Isle. The Avatars were Fadumo, Ned, Susan, and Mildred. Fidelius teleported us to the new Green archery area up in the clouds above Nightingale Isle. I am very impressed with the skills the students have aquired in such a short period of time. A funny thing happened while we were running around in the archery area. Susan clicked on the circle to pick up the bow and arrows, and her clothes and hair disappeared. So, Susan was suddenly without her clothes and hair. Zelda quickly transferred some clothes to her. It gave all of us a good laugh. Nothing is ever normal out in Nightingale Isle. The students have had some very interesting experiences out on Second Life. I can't wait to read about them.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Games and Simulation for Healthcare

Eric Bauman from University Wisconsin Madison posted a story about Nightingale Isle on his Games and Simulation for healthcare Blog. Check it out:

Sightings on Nightingale Isle

Zelda has been out and about in Second Life, and has had some recent sightings of some of the diversity project avatars. She has heard of some of the shenanigans that have taken place with all the newbies floating about. There have been disappearing floors, and an ambulance that ended up in the ocean. When Zelda signed on yesterday, the ambulance was found inside the Emergency Department. :) I am so pleased that the students are trying out their new skills, and will watch carefully for any new stories. Last night Zelda met up with jenice and spent some time with her doing Tai Chi. Also, Javan and Zelda spent some time practicing their dance moves. Javan had an interesting story about his travels on Solace Beach. After an uncomfortable encounter, he teleported quickly back to Nightingale Isle where he found Zelda hanging out. Zelda and Fidelius, the island builder, also met up with Manderson who was out on NI practicing his navigating skills. More stories to come.


Inclusivity in Nursing Education Project launched

On Wednesday May 5th, my Doctor of Nursing Practice Systems Change Project was launched. The study involves 15 - first year Masters of Nursing Education students at St. Catherine University. They were randomly assigned one of a group of diverse avatars that were made and adapted for this project. The students will evaluate the use of this new pedagogy, as well as journal about how they were treated when visiting some of the social sites in the virtual world of Second Life. I have loaded the pictures of the avatars, and will put up the bios later. Each student was provided with a picture and a biography of the individual, and were told to go out in Second Life as the assigned avatar (person). Watch for updates.