ASTD NEFL August eLearning Special
Interest Group (eSIG)
Stepping into Second Life:
Virtual Environments for Training
The use of virtual learning in training has become fairly
commonplace, with tools like WebEx and Adobe Connect that
allow synchronous and asynchronous classes, webinars,
meetings, and discussions. What is not so common, however, is
the use of full “Virtual Environments” for training, like Second Life,
that combine virtual learning elements such as audio, graphics
content, collaboration, and video, with 3-D animation, visual
simulations, and customized virtual venues. Virtual environments
allow you to build and utilize 3D training spaces where effective
learning can take place, and to create personalized objects and
events that support training techniques like storytelling and
Adapting a virtual environment for training is not without its
challenges. In this eSIG you will learn to identify those
challenges, and you’ll receive tips on how to overcome them. Join
us to get a glimpse into a virtual world and to see how it can be
used for training. It’ll be a fun and informative journey, guided by
tour master and Second Life “citizen” Tom Baggs, who performs
under the name Particle Tom.
Also, our 10-minute demo for this month is on Yammer. Get a
brief look at how to use this corporate social networking tool to
support your learning initiatives.
Attend this session if you want to:
• Learn more about Yammer.
• Learn more about Second Life Best Practices.
• Learn more about Second Life options and resources.
• Learn more about using Virtual Environments for training.
Please join us for networking, coffee, and bagels during this
informative start to your day.
Tom Baggs is a subject matter expert in the field of
audio visual technology. Tom is also an
internationally recognized fine artist (computer
based), currently experimenting with live virtual
reality performance events in Second Life.
An active member of ASTD North Florida Chapter
and long time SIGGRAPH activist, Tom currently
works in Jacksonville as Fultech Solution’s Project
Manager. Fultech is known for its implentation of integrated
building systems (IBS) and has long been the go-to-company for
the development and installation of large AV, communications,
and entertainment systems for residental estates and commercial
conferencing/operations centers. Fultech’s CEO was recognized
as the dealer of the year by Consumer Electronics Association.
Tom began his career in multimedia design, construction and
training over 30 years ago. He was responsible for managing the
design and implementation of teaching facilities for the University
of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio for 11 years.
There, the University implemented Texas’ first IP based 80-site
video teleconference and streaming network. Remote connectivity
and tele-courses were implemented for teaching, which prompted
the State of Texas to create a network infrastructure to support
this emerging technology. Because of UT’s needs as a medical
institution, Tom worked as a volunteer with teams of people from
the local and national deaf technical support communities to help
implement closed-captioning standards for projectors, video
conferencing, and streaming solutions.
Tom graduated with a degree in English from the University of
Cincinnati, and has studied communications theory and electrical
engineering. Operationally, he has managed a multi-city television
network, and owned and operated a Midwestern-based small
business that specialized in image transmission for industrial
quality inspection and recall reduction for customers like EDS, GE
Aircraft, and Cummins Engine. Tom has designed research and
hospital learning environments, represented and trained hundreds
of Southeastern universities about Crestron control systems, and
is now based in Jacksonville, managing projects and training
clients of Fultech Solutions on installed systems of integrated
buildings and learning spaces. Tom also maintains an independent
R & D and consulting business for training and specialized
interactive systems design research, and is on the road to gaining
his CPLP certification.
ASTD Competency Model:
The Model emphasizes: (1) foundational
competencies, or those that are important to
everyone in the field, and (2) the specific areas
of expertise (AOEs), which are the specialized
knowledge and actions required by specific
roles. This month’s eSIG event supports the
new ASTD Areas of Expertise: Learning
Technologies, Instructional Design, and
Training Delivery. (Click on image of the model to enlarge)
Tuesday, August 13, 2013
7:45 AM: Check in, networking, continental breakfast
8:00 AM: Welcome
8:05 AM: Digital Learning Demo (Yammer)
8:10 AM: Featured Program
9:15 AM: End
The Blood Alliance
7595 Centurion Pkwy
Jacksonville, FL 32256
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August 10, 2013.
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