Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Preparation for IMSH 2013

The group presenting at the International Meeting for Simulation in Healthcare in January 2013 met to figure out how we want the four-hour pre-conference to be structured.  We put the document up on Google Docs/Drive and were able to edit it as we made changes to the plan.  

We took Tom and Stephanie from Oshgosh on a tour of Nightingale Isle to show them all that is happening. 
Then they gave us a tour of their disaster sim.  

We are looking forward to our four hour pre-conference presentation in January 2013 in Orlando, Florida.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Not Your Ordinary On-Line Lecture

     Zelda is ready for the NUR313 On-Line renal failure lecture.  The moderator will be 
     Tessa Finesmith.  The Lecture will be captured on Adobe Captivate and loaded on 
     Moodle for the students who cannot attend on Sunday night.  There are 23 students 
     who have avatars already. 

Zelda and Tessa hanging out

   Zelda and Tessa are taking a break after a hard day's work. 

   Here is a picture of Zelda and Tessa trying out their new    
   oxygen masks.........just breathe

More Student Visits

Two of the NI Super Users came out to catch some relaxation during a study session at Perkins. Here is a picture of Moka, Ellie and Zelda doing Tai Chi
   And Here is A Picture of the Students In RL doing Tai Chi 
   at Perkins :)
    For Nursing313 we streamed Dr. Hoglund's lecture -BabbsED     
   out at the Compassion Commons. Zelda signed on to answer
   any student questions since Second Life is new for them.

Nightingale Nurse hanging out with one of the students 

Tuesday, September 18, 2012


Another exciting night on Nightingale Isle.  MoKachip (Hannah)  was joined by EllieFont (Katie). These two student pioneers rocked the learning curve.  By the end of the night they were changing their clothes, and even making new clothes.  My favorite part of the night was when they were practicing their flying and jumping. They will certainly be able to help their classmates as they learn how to move about and talk out in NI. Our goal is for them to have some beginning experiences and to learn how to navigate the space so when they get to Spring semester, they will be able to complete the clinical reasoning day assignments. Check back next week we will be loading a lecture out here for them to watch.  More to come! 


                                                    Can you find the legs?????

                                   Practicing changing their clothes. 

Sunday, September 16, 2012

A New Member of Nightingale Isle Student Group

As we prepare for the Junior Nursing Student Virtual Learning Activities for Spring, we have begun to orient the students to Second Life.  Tonight we had our first student  sign on, make an avatar and get a tour. She was a little bit worried when she first signed on because there were so many people at the welcome area and some of them were a little overbearing. I remember my first day in Second Life.  I was a bit worried about the other people as well.  It is nice to know you can just teleport back to Nightingale Isle. I was able to get her signed on to Nightingale Isle and give her a tour! She caught on very quickly.  Way to go Hannah! (MoKachip). 

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Using Google Docs for Teaching, Learning and Meetings

The Nightingale Isle Project Team met today and used Google Docs to put an agenda and documents up for all to see.  One of the best ways to discuss a project , especially from a distance, or in distance education is to connect to Google Docs through a screen in Second Life.  You can either purchase a screen that streams the internet or you can build a screen and add a script to connect to the internet.   

The Clinic is Open for Business!

Nightingale Isle has a new clinic. It includes five exam rooms, two which have conference rooms attached. Upstairs there are three offices and a large conference room. 

  Here is one of the conference rooms that is attached to the exam  
  room.  It has a screen that can be used to stream from the 
  internet or give presentations. 

    All the computers in the exam rooms connect to the internet so    
   students can chart. 

    One of the Offices in the clinic. 

Sunday, August 26, 2012

The use of virtual worlds for learning and teaching

This YouTube video is a must see if you want to learn more about learning and teaching in Virtual Worlds. This comes from the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE)  virtual world special interest group (SigVE).

Saturday, August 25, 2012

New Generation of Virtual Humans Helping to Train Psychologists

A very interesting article with special thanks to my friend Evelyn McElhinney, (AKA Kali Pizzaro in Second Life)

New Generation of Virtual Humans Helping to Train Psychologists from the APA website.

"New technology has led to the creation of virtual humans who can interact with therapists via a computer screen and realistically mimic the symptoms of a patient with clinical psychological disorders, according to new research presented at the American Psychological Association’s 120th Annual Convention.
“As this technology continues to improve, it will have a significant impact on how clinical training is conducted in psychology and medicine,” said psychologist and virtual reality technology expert Albert “Skip” Rizzo, PhD, who demonstrated recent advancements in virtual reality for use in psychology. "

Thursday, August 23, 2012

We Have a LIBRARY!!!

Nightingale Isle now has a library space for gathering and studying                      
     Aerial View of the library/commons space

     Zelda and Tessa hanging out in the library

    The books in the library will have built in internet links. 

  The Commons area will be another area for gathering,   
  classroom activities or presentations. 
 Zelda giving a presentation on the art of canoeing in Second Life

Good Article About: How businesses are using Second Life as a digital forum

How businesses are using Second Life as a digital forum

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Nightingale Simulation Center

Here are some pictures of the new Nightingale Simulation Center.  There are two full simulation rooms, two debriefing rooms, and two viewing areas in addition to a staff area, presentation area, and a place to purchase equipment.  

     Debriefing Room #1
    Simulation room from the viewing area with a one-way window. 
     Pre-Brief area for students/faculty/staff to meet. 
       Viewing Area for simulation 
       Simulation Room #1 
         Zelda washing her hands
           Debriefing Area
         Meeting /Study Area 
       Presentation Area