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Good People: So, I concocted this idea for a summer course that would combine films about virtual reality (Matrix, Avatar, Surrogates, etc. -- from a pool of suggestions by people on these lists) with exploring Second Life. And now I must do it! Students will have avatars, and, as much as possible, the class will meet in Second Life. Has anybody done anything like this? Would there be ideas for pairing specific sites with specific films? Would there be ideas for experiences that would help us compare the dreams/nightmares in these films with the state of current virtual reality? Just thought I would tap the collective consciousness as I start to (try to) fill the blank syllabus screen in front of me. Even wild and random thoughts appreciated! Ed (EdwardScholarhands) -- Edward J. Gallagher Professor of English Lehigh University http://www.lehigh.edu/~ejg1/ejg1.html ********** Participation and subscription information for this EDUCAUSE Constituent Group discussion list can be found at http://www.educause.edu/groups/.

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Ed,

Consider adding Dreamscape to your list of movies for a dark side. Dreams are a form of virtual reality particularly shared dreams even with their short "lifespan". Also consider Vanilla Sky.

-Nan
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Lakeland Community College | 7700 Clocktower Drive | Kirtland, OH 44094
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From:        Ed Gallagher <ejg1@LEHIGH.EDU>
To:        VW@LISTSERV.EDUCAUSE.EDU
Date:        07/02/2012 10:11 AM
Subject:        [VW] Films
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Good People:

So, I concocted this idea for a summer course that would combine films
about virtual reality (Matrix, Avatar, Surrogates, etc. -- from a pool
of suggestions by people on these lists) with exploring Second Life. And
now I must do it!  Students will have avatars, and, as much as possible,
the class will meet in Second Life. Has anybody done anything like
this?  Would there be ideas for pairing specific sites with specific
films?  Would there be ideas for experiences that would help us compare
the dreams/nightmares in these films with the state of current virtual
reality?  Just thought I would tap the collective consciousness as I
start to (try to) fill the blank syllabus screen in front of me.  Even
wild and random thoughts appreciated!

Ed (EdwardScholarhands)

--

Edward J. Gallagher
Professor of English
Lehigh University
http://www.lehigh.edu/~ejg1/ejg1.html

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Message from lombard@temple.edu

Hi all... .for a ton of suggestions, check out the web site for a long term project we've been working on about portrayals of (tele)presence in popular culture:

http://lombardresearch.temple.edu/p4/

Comments, suggestions, participants, etc. are welcome!

--Matthew

On 2 Jul 2012 at 10:23, Nan Klenk wrote:

>
> Ed,
>
> Consider adding Dreamscape to your list of movies for a dark side.
> Dreams are a form of virtual reality particularly shared dreams even
> with their short "lifespan". Also consider Vanilla Sky.
>
> -Nan
> Nan Klenk, MSET | Instructional Designer | Blackboard Administrator
> Lakeland Community College | 7700 Clocktower Drive | Kirtland, OH
> 44094 email: nklenk@lakelandcc.edu | phone: (440) 525-7450 | room:
> A2112 (Center for
>                         Learning Innovation)
>
>
>
>
>
>
> From: Ed Gallagher <ejg1@LEHIGH.EDU>
> To: VW@LISTSERV.EDUCAUSE.EDU
> Date: 07/02/2012 10:11 AM
> Subject: [VW] Films
> Sent by: The EDUCAUSE Virtual Worlds Constituent Group Listserv
> <VW@LISTSERV.EDUCAUSE.EDU>
>
>
>
>
> Good People:
>
> So, I concocted this idea for a summer course that would combine films
> about virtual reality (Matrix, Avatar, Surrogates, etc. -- from a pool
> of suggestions by people on these lists) with exploring Second Life.
> And now I must do it! Students will have avatars, and, as much as
> possible, the class will meet in Second Life. Has anybody done
> anything like this? Would there be ideas for pairing specific sites
> with specific films? Would there be ideas for experiences that would
> help us compare the dreams/nightmares in these films with the state of
> current virtual reality? Just thought I would tap the collective
> consciousness as I start to (try to) fill the blank syllabus screen in
> front of me. Even wild and random thoughts appreciated!
>
> Ed (EdwardScholarhands)
>
> --
>
> Edward J. Gallagher
> Professor of English
> Lehigh University
> http://www.lehigh.edu/~ejg1/ejg1.html
>
> **********
> Participation and subscription information for this EDUCAUSE
> Constituent Group discussion list can be found at
> http://www.educause.edu/groups/.
>
> ********** Participation and subscription information for this
> EDUCAUSE Constituent Group discussion list can be found at
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Temple University
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"Inception" should make the short list of course.  There's Ahnold's VR action flick "Total Recall."  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0100802/

Also have a look at "Brainstorm" - Natalie Woods' last film.  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0085271/

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Blackboard System Administrator
Certified Quality Matters Peer Reviewer

Lakeland Community College
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Room A-2119 (in the Center for Learning Innovation)

Phone 440-525-7232
cbergeron@lakelandcc.edu
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From:        Nan Klenk <NKlenk@LAKELANDCC.EDU>
To:        VW@LISTSERV.EDUCAUSE.EDU
Date:        07/02/2012 10:34 AM
Subject:        Re: [VW] Films
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Ed,

Consider adding Dreamscape to your list of movies for a dark side. Dreams are a form of virtual reality particularly shared dreams even with their short "lifespan". Also consider Vanilla Sky.

-Nan
Nan Klenk, MSET | Instructional Designer | Blackboard Administrator
Lakeland Community College | 7700 Clocktower Drive | Kirtland, OH 44094
email: nklenk@lakelandcc.edu | phone: (440) 525-7450 | room: A2112 (Center for Learning Innovation)






From:        Ed Gallagher <ejg1@LEHIGH.EDU>
To:        VW@LISTSERV.EDUCAUSE.EDU
Date:        07/02/2012 10:11 AM
Subject:        [VW] Films
Sent by:        The EDUCAUSE Virtual Worlds Constituent Group Listserv <VW@LISTSERV.EDUCAUSE.EDU>



Good People:

So, I concocted this idea for a summer course that would combine films
about virtual reality (Matrix, Avatar, Surrogates, etc. -- from a pool
of suggestions by people on these lists) with exploring Second Life. And
now I must do it!  Students will have avatars, and, as much as possible,
the class will meet in Second Life. Has anybody done anything like
this?  Would there be ideas for pairing specific sites with specific
films?  Would there be ideas for experiences that would help us compare
the dreams/nightmares in these films with the state of current virtual
reality?  Just thought I would tap the collective consciousness as I
start to (try to) fill the blank syllabus screen in front of me.  Even
wild and random thoughts appreciated!

Ed (EdwardScholarhands)

--

Edward J. Gallagher
Professor of English
Lehigh University
http://www.lehigh.edu/~ejg1/ejg1.html

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Fun! "Being John Malkovich" explores some great territory here. 

On Monday, July 2, 2012, Corrie Bergeron wrote:
"Inception" should make the short list of course.  There's Ahnold's VR action flick "Total Recall."  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0100802/

Also have a look at "Brainstorm" - Natalie Woods' last film.  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0085271/

- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Corrie Bergeron, M.Ed.
Instructional Designer
Blackboard System Administrator
Certified Quality Matters Peer Reviewer

Lakeland Community College
7700 Clocktower Dr. Kirtland, OH, 44094-5198
Room A-2119 (in the Center for Learning Innovation)

Phone 440-525-7232
cbergeron@lakelandcc.edu
http://delicious.com/corriebergeron/education





From:        Nan Klenk <NKlenk@LAKELANDCC.EDU>
To:        VW@LISTSERV.EDUCAUSE.EDU
Date:        07/02/2012 10:34 AM
Subject:        Re: [VW] Films
Sent by:        The EDUCAUSE Virtual Worlds Constituent Group Listserv <VW@LISTSERV.EDUCAUSE.EDU>



Ed,

Consider adding Dreamscape to your list of movies for a dark side. Dreams are a form of virtual reality particularly shared dreams even with their short "lifespan". Also consider Vanilla Sky.

-Nan
Nan Klenk, MSET | Instructional Designer | Blackboard Administrator
Lakeland Community College | 7700 Clocktower Drive | Kirtland, OH 44094
email: nklenk@lakelandcc.edu | phone: (440) 525-7450 | room: A2112 (Center for Learning Innovation)






From:        Ed Gallagher <ejg1@LEHIGH.EDU>
To:        VW@LISTSERV.EDUCAUSE.EDU
Date:        07/02/2012 10:11 AM
Subject:        [VW] Films
Sent by:        The EDUCAUSE Virtual Worlds Constituent Group Listserv <VW@LISTSERV.EDUCAUSE.EDU>



Good People:

So, I concocted this idea for a summer course that would combine films
about virtual reality (Matrix, Avatar, Surrogates, etc. -- from a pool
of suggestions by people on these lists) with exploring Second Life. And
now I must do it!  Students will have avatars, and, as much as possible,
the class will meet in Second Life. Has anybody done anything like
this?  Would there be ideas for pairing specific sites with specific
films?  Would there be ideas for experiences that would help us compare
the dreams/nightmares in these films with the state of current virtual
reality?  Just thought I would tap the collective consciousness as I
start to (try to) fill the blank syllabus screen in front of me.  Even
wild and random thoughts appreciated!

Ed (EdwardScholarhands)

--

Edward J. Gallagher
Professor of English
Lehigh University
http://www.lehigh.edu/~ejg1/ejg1.html

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Did somebody already mention "The Lawnmower Man" or both of the "Tron" movies (the original plus "Legacy" -- which would also provide a fascinating contrast of computerized visual effects capabilities between the early 1980s and today)? And for some pseudo-VR themes (not sure how to classify it), "Minority Report" raises interesting ethical issues as well. Thanks, Jason _____________________________________ Jason LaMar | Multimedia Video Web Developer ITDL | Columbus State Community College Tel: 614-287-5630 | Fax: 614-287-5615 ********** Participation and subscription information for this EDUCAUSE Constituent Group discussion list can be found at http://www.educause.edu/groups/.
The movie "Identity" is a terrific exploration of mulitple personalities, which could be related to "alts" as we fondly call them in SL. Also, there are a wealth of machinima available on Youtube, Vimeo and elsewhere that have been made in SL and other virtual worlds, and explore themes related to VWs. nwn.blogs.com has reviewed many of them. Chantal Harvey's blog is a good starting point, as well: http://mamachinima.eu/ In terms of places for your students to go in world, Caledon Oxbridge is a terrific resource, especially the walk-through orientation. Virtual Harlem is another one not to be missed. Joan Combs Durso, Ph.D. Associate Professor Sullivan University Graduate School jdurso@sullivan.edu ********** Participation and subscription information for this EDUCAUSE Constituent Group discussion list can be found at http://www.educause.edu/groups/.
Message from dholt7@gmail.com

You might also check out the TV series Caprica which includes a significant virtual world plot line.

Dan

On Monday, July 2, 2012, Durso, Joan C wrote:
The movie "Identity" is a terrific exploration of mulitple personalities, which could be  related to "alts" as we fondly call them in SL.

Also, there are a wealth of machinima available on Youtube, Vimeo and elsewhere that have been made in SL and other virtual worlds, and explore themes related to VWs.   nwn.blogs.com has reviewed many of them.   Chantal Harvey's blog is a good starting point, as well: http://mamachinima.eu/

In terms of places for your students  to go in world, Caledon Oxbridge is a terrific resource, especially the walk-through orientation.  Virtual Harlem is another one not to be missed.


Joan Combs Durso, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Sullivan University Graduate School
jdurso@sullivan.edu
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Although you might not like some of the content, Dollhouse (the TV series) explores the meaning of identity, particularly implanting new ones and persistence of old ones under that.

Surrogates and Gamer (the second a much better film than the first IMO) both deal with some form of alternate reality. Gamer has a virtual shiny world that made me and others think "SL" as soon as we saw it. Surrogates explores a world where everyone sits at home hooked up to a robot that goes out and goes things for them.

El.

On 2 Jul 2012, at 19:05, Dan Holt wrote:

You might also check out the TV series Caprica which includes a significant virtual world plot line.

Dan

On Monday, July 2, 2012, Durso, Joan C wrote:
The movie "Identity" is a terrific exploration of mulitple personalities, which could be  related to "alts" as we fondly call them in SL.

Also, there are a wealth of machinima available on Youtube, Vimeo and elsewhere that have been made in SL and other virtual worlds, and explore themes related to VWs.   nwn.blogs.com has reviewed many of them.   Chantal Harvey's blog is a good starting point, as well: http://mamachinima.eu/

In terms of places for your students  to go in world, Caledon Oxbridge is a terrific resource, especially the walk-through orientation.  Virtual Harlem is another one not to be missed.


Joan Combs Durso, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Sullivan University Graduate School
jdurso@sullivan.edu
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Lansing Community College
Lansing, MI

Where's that confounded bridge?

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Eureka has had a recent virtual world plot line that is still continuing as a sub-plot
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Message from edith.paillat@vuw.ac.nz

Hi Ed, That sounds like a fabulous project and would love to hear more about what you are planning! I might be out of the subject with what I am suggesting here, but if you wished your students to select avatars that are characters of certain movies, Little Britain Designs (http://bit.ly/LLIee6 ) are just the right people to contact: they have a wide selection of popular horror/sci-fi characters, they are quite expensive but if analysing and reproducing the behaviour of specific characters are part of your course design, putting one's avatar in the skin of a studied character is the best way to get them going, along with RP emoting rules (/me + description of action). This is particulary good for creative writing (My subject is languages) with a combination of holodeck scenes if you have a good builder in your reach. Machinima as a final product would be the cake on the cherry! All the best Cyber Placebo **************************** Edith Paillat Language Technology Specialist Victoria University of Wellington New Zealand +64 4 463 5792 http://www.victoria.ac.nz/llc/about/projects.aspx
Good People: A tip o' the hat to the dozen or more people who quickly gave me suggestions for films for the upcoming course I described in the recent post copied below. I now have a good list of possible films to use, but what I am really trying to think about is how to pair films or incorporate films with activities/experiences in Second Life. How can I bring viewing films about virtual reality profitably together with literally being in-world with an avatar? In that respect, the two most interesting replies were from Any Gynoid and Edith Paillat. Any suggested such pairings as 1) Spike Lee's Malcolm X and SL's Virtual Hajj and 2) The First Grader and SL's Feed A Smile charity/activities. But my films will be films about virtual reality/avatars (Matrix, Avatar, Surrogates, etc.) -- any ideas for pairings with such films? Edith suggested avatars that are characters in the movies. Now that's intriguing. I don't think I could pull that off for the course that starts next week because of short planning time and my own inexperience with things virtual, but her idea opened up directions I hadn't considered. Any more intriguing ideas like that for combining the "real" experience of virtual reality with the "reel" experience? Thanks so much-- Ed (EdwardScholarhands) Ed Gallagher wrote: > Good People: > > So, I concocted this idea for a summer course that would combine films > about virtual reality (Matrix, Avatar, Surrogates, etc. -- from a pool > of suggestions by people on these lists) with exploring Second Life. > And now I must do it! Students will have avatars, and, as much as > possible, the class will meet in Second Life. Has anybody done > anything like this? Would there be ideas for pairing specific sites > with specific films? Would there be ideas for experiences that would > help us compare the dreams/nightmares in these films with the state of > current virtual reality? Just thought I would tap the collective > consciousness as I start to (try to) fill the blank syllabus screen in > front of me. Even wild and random thoughts appreciated! > > Ed (EdwardScholarhands) -- Edward J. Gallagher Professor of English Lehigh University http://www.lehigh.edu/~ejg1/ejg1.html ********** Participation and subscription information for this EDUCAUSE Constituent Group discussion list can be found at http://www.educause.edu/groups/.
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Ed, what are your students learning outcomes at the end of the trimester. What do you want them to achieve and remember?
I spent some time with students last year exploring the positive educational uses of Second Life. We did lists of sites that we published on Lehigh's Virtual Education site at http://www.lehigh.edu/~inreal/links.html. As a marginal part of that study, we browsed feature films on virtual reality and were stuck by the pervasively negative or cautionary themes. In this new course, I'd like students to consider that disconnect and divide by viewing the films while they are actually experiencing what it's like to have an avatar and to be in-world. How are the stories we tell shaping the perception of this new technology? Conversely, how is it that this new technology is generating such stories? Is this yet another manifestation of the "two cultures" split? Such are the kinds of things on my mind. Much appreciate your interest-- Ed Edith Paillat wrote: > Ed, what are your students learning outcomes at the end of the trimester. What do you want them to achieve and remember? > >
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Hi, Ed For Avatar, you might want to contact Gentle Heron and see if she could do a presentation about her work with Virtual Ability. Virtual Ability Island has one of the best SL orientation facilities on the grid, so it would be a great inworld starting place for your students. A visit there could offer some perspective on what virtual worlds can mean to physically disabled people. Feature films such as Avatar and The Matrix really have very little to do with most people's experience in SL. I've always thought Avatar is really about World of Warcraft and similar quest&battle worlds. You might want to consider having your students create WoW avatars, do a few of the basic quests, and discuss the difference between WoW and SL. IMO the only thing Avatar and The Matrix got right was the feeling of immersion. I have had that "who am I now?" feeling a lot when I logout and suddenly realize I'm Jean and not Riven. RFL is next Saturday, and that might be a good experience for any of your students who already have some SL expertise. Because of the crowds, it can be totally overwhelming for newbies. The Virtual World Pioneers group might be another good resource for you. Every Sunday evening they visit a different educational sim. I've gone with them to Virtual 1930s Berlin and to Machu Pichu. We have a town dance at Steelhead on 7:30pm slt Fridays, and you and your students would be most welcome. There's a different theme every week, and the costumes can get wild. The location changes from week to week, but if you join the Citizens of Steelhead City group you'll get notices about it. It might be interesting to have your students contrast it with one of the upscale SL dance clubs such as Bogart's. Jean Hewlett aka Riven Homewood Director, Steelhead Public Library Steelhead City, SecondLife
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I second the vote for Brainstorm. Great movie in its own right and though dated now still gets the message of the possibilities and pitfalls across. ********** Participation and subscription information for this EDUCAUSE Constituent Group discussion list can be found at http://www.educause.edu/groups/.
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For Brainstorm I would encourage participants to take snaps shots (or even mini-videos) of places around the virtual world that correspond to a real life event and then post them. (If you can provide a "Brainstorm theme" environment with spheres to post their pictures/videos in so much the better).
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