Why a Metaverse?
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  What do You have in Mind?
  Why 3D?
  Why Share a Learning Space with a Multitude?
  Open Cobalt - Best Technology for Us?
  The edusims Experience
  Example Projects

I can help with a few suggestions.
If you wish to describe for me what you're thinking, here are some categories to help you start.

  • We know some folks working on a set of shareable immersive worlds based on common state standards.
  • Let your students learn by experimenting and role play without fear of making mistakes.
  • Leave your contact information if you wish more information provided to you when more is known.
  • Your Business Processes can be complex in scope and in the number and variety of people involved.
  • Providing a scalable reflection of past and future business processes might be just what you need to communicate to your internal and external clients.
  • Let them explore by experimenting.
  • The problems we've made for ourselves and our posterity are complex and interdependent across may fields, industries, and disciplines ... as are the required solutions.
  • Yet, how can you share an understanding of the solutions in a coherent and comprehensive way?
  • How can you communicate in a way which allows others to "see to believe", yet scales and grows as their understanding grows?
  • I'll reach you with some suggestions on how we can make it work.
  • You love your hobbies and pastimes, as do everyone you know.
  • How can you enrich the ideas you share with each other? You can describe what you're thinking right here.
  • I'll reach you with some suggestions on how we can make it work.
  • You thought I forgot how crazy or innovative you are.
  • Well, this is the place for your idea.
  • Describe its beauty or usefulness here and I'll reach you with some suggestions on how to make it work.

Why 3D for Learning? A larger space for all your ideas ... living together.

  • We learn by doing, but not just answering a single question on a paper. Usually we are in a changing surrounding with consequences depending on our decisions. That's the real practicing you can accomplish through simulations.
  • When we construct something with the subject matter which we are learning, we mentally connect what we learn to a purpose and to our own identity, which aids in remembering.
  • When deconstructing information from one medium into another, we explore the subject matter in a greater depth more than when we only experience it in a single medium.
  • When constructing with our newly gained knowledge, we discover more dependencies and connections within the subject matter than just by taking in facts.
  • 3D is a more natural construction environment for many subjects than a flat surface can provide. Not all of us can sketch or paint, but we can arrange items on a table to represent what we wish to explain and show it from various perspectives.
  • Complex systems usually have may interdepennt layers, like an onion. Consider the layers of systems within a building or within the human body.
  • In a flat medium, one is often limited by the borders of the screen, paper, or canvas.
  • In 3D, one can have a virtually limitless canvas and zoom in to look at details, or zoom out to see an overview of everything in its context.
  • In a flat medium, controlling or changing extra dimensions or variable, such as time, requires extra control widgets to learn, requires giving up on another dimension to the subject matter, or requires flipping through many "pages" to see the matter in context.
  • For example, to see how a 2D representation changes over time, one might have to move a slider back and forth to animate it. Or, if time is one dimension in a chart, one has to give up on another variable in the chart, such as value or location.
  • In 3D, one can place the representation of things changing over time laid out in one area which one can "fly around" to view from many angles.
  • 3D environments allow you to express or playback the learning materials in the formats which already exist.
  • Text, sound, illustrations, photographs, videos, and animation can all be experienced within a 3D environment.

We are social ... craving to learn from each other those things naturally hidden from view.

  • Often the conversations with a team, working toward the same goal on a project helps one gain a deeper understanding of the subject studied. Such 3D, multi-person rooms provide meeting places for such conversations.
  • Such 3D rooms also provide the space for constructing objects about the subject matter together as well.
  • In a web page environment, literally, everyone is on a different page.
  • 3D environments give a sense of place and time where everyone can join together to share their understanding of a matter.
  • For those who can't join the group for reasons such as living in another timezone, the 3D meeting room provides a place to store a history of what was done, for later observation.
  • Flat environments provide little encouragement to join together different learning materials. It's often easier to add one's on content or perspective and just link to other people's work.
  • Wikis, discussion boards, and blogs all make it easier to add more content rather than integrate everyone's effort into a single work.
  • Because of the time it takes to experience a 3D environment, especially with others at the same time, there is more of a motivation to join the 3D experiences and the data behind the simulations to make a comprehensive experience.

Extremely flexible platform for maximum creativity ... instantly shared
    ... open to all ... improved through iteration.

  • Open Cobalt has certain advantages over other immersive environments.
  • Most other environments are client/server based. It would be difficult to save a copy of your virtual world to a flash drive in those environments to run on the various desktops you may visit.
  • Open Cobalt is self contained to have its own programming language, development SDK, debugger, and always sharable in one transportable package.
  • Imagine if your word-processor documents always had to be hosted on someone else's server from the first personal computers until now. How comfortable would you feel writing and saving all your documents in such an environment which doesn't all you to have total control of your own materials?
  • Now imagine if everyone one of your text documents carried its own mini word-processor built into it so you never had to buy or borrow an expensive office suite. Open Cobalt keeps it all in one package like that.

  • Open Cobalt incrementally compiles it's programming language as you write it; so, you can change your world (and debug it, and rewind to when it was working just before an error) while it is running. No separate scripting language is needed.
  • Open Cobalt has Smalltalk built-in, a compete programming language with an extensive library for connection to other servers and to other media. One can run and debug a web server or wiki server from within a Cobalt session if one wishes to include such services (and ship it together as a single package).
  • Open Cobalt has an Open Source license for free distribution and modification to meet one's needs.
  • Yet, when online, Open Cobalt allows one to walk into other immersive worlds, whether hosted on a large server, or a friend's laptop next to you.
edusims plans to provide workshop environments on a regular schedule for local students to learn by creating their own games and simulations about the subject matter requiring their attention. We will then help them to share their creations with others who have the same learning requirements, for a small income to themselves. More details to follow as the plans develop.