Living in the Presentation

This is a fantastic example of why learning and working in a virtual world is superior to standard presentations. A friend passed this url to me.

Greg Pfister has been blogging since January 2007.  You can reach him at “The Perils of Parallel“.   He’s an author, engineer, and expert in parallel computing, among other things. He recently took part in a course in SL. As he writes, it was a wonderful chance to compare a learning experience in a virtual world with a learning experience in the atomic world, as he’d taken a course with this organization before. He writes clearly, simply, with humor and makes his point.

About a week after the course, the participants were asked for their feedback. Excerpts from Greg’s post:    (Font and style done by Ahuva)

Everything I wrote above about the sessions is, in fact, direct from memory. I didn’t take any notes during the course. This is unusual for me. I am normally terrible on details, remembering relatively little outside of my notes. So what happened?

Somehow, the experience of walking around inside those places, navigating their geographies, being immersed in it, makes the content easy to bring up from memory.

So I didn’t attend that presentation, I lived in it. No wonder I remember it.

But something much better is possible, something that appears to harnesses our hindbrains directly: Living in a presentation. It cannot be done in two dimensions. You cannot even do it in real life. It’s something virtual worlds are, uniquely, good for.

Thank you, Greg Pfister.  I wish I had been able to convince people that building collaboration tools for use in virtual worlds was important, vital, and worth the funding.  Because I, too, believe that when you are living in the presentation, or living in the EFFORT (the work), it harnesses our brains to best effect.

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There's not much to say about me. I discovered SecondLife by accident, wandered in, and decided I wanted to stay. This blog was a chronicle of my adventures and misadventures in SL. It also includes stray thoughts that occur to me as a result of my time in SL. Both I and my avatar are female. We both love water and the beach and gardening and parties and hanging out with friends. Updating this after quite some time. I haven't appeared in SL in many many months (probably over a year by now) but SL has remained in my thoughts. I do miss my SL, but at least I still have contact with some of my friends from there. In the meantime.... this blog has evolved to be about my RL adventures. :) Nowhere near as risque as my SL but I do keep busy. I still like all the things listed above. I didn't have any cats in SL (only ducks and a panda) so my cats feel that they should play starring roles in my posts. :) I didn't do much eating IN SL although certainly food and drink accompanied me in RL while I roamed inworld. Cooking and baking have become more fun and interesting once I redid my kitchen. That renovation took longer and cost more than if I'd done it virtually, but I'm thrilled to have a tangible new kitchen! I hope you like food and drink as well! Thanks for reading!

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