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Lyr's resources for you to download and freely use
by Cynthia Calongne - Saturday, 3 June 2017, 3:06 AM

Hello! If anyone needs slides or access to an 11+ year visual history of teaching in Second Life, feel welcome to view or download and use my slides and videos. Most of the SL visuals I captured, and you are welcome to use them.

  1. The challenges with getting started in SL, a comic book, visit   Moodle Note: It kept loading a monster-sized slide viewer when I embedded the link!
  2. Lyr's early Teaching in SL blog: Lyr's Teaching in Second Life blog
  3. Student VW projects video called From Mars to Margaritaville: An EM825 Intergalactic Tour
  4. Projects from 33 Second Life classes (video): Highlights from 33 SL Classes
  5. Lyr's Slideshare: Slides on Virtual Worlds, Edu Game Design, Opensim, and Learning
  6. Curriculum Vitae (CV): Lyr's curriculum vitae, articles and references to select presentations

Many of the research and virtual world slides have links at the end. In the CV, scroll down to see references for the talks and papers. (Argh, I'm a year behind on updating my CV! *laughs*)

Few things are perfect as we are always racing to support the next event. The videos I made using Animoto from images I captured with TechSmith's SnagIt.

Have a great SL MOOC! *waves*


-- Lyr Lobo

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Re: Lyr's resources for you to download and freely use
by Nellie Deutsch - Saturday, 3 June 2017, 3:21 AM

Hi Lyr Lobo,

Thank you for sharing the resources. 

Can you check to make sure all the links are working?

Re: Lyr's resources for you to download and freely use
by Maria Pilar Pamblanco Perales - Saturday, 3 June 2017, 8:16 AM

Hi Lyr! Thank you for sharing your great resources with us!


Re: Lyr's resources for you to download and freely use
by Montse Veyrat - Saturday, 3 June 2017, 12:01 PM

Waves, Lyr!

Its great all what you have done. I need to know about how to upload all that i do in SL to my sites in RL to share with my people, yes. And this you have done so good (although yes, not all the links works). I hope to know all this in this course. Thank you for sharing!



Re: Lyr's resources for you to download and freely use
by Lucia Bartolotti - Saturday, 3 June 2017, 3:52 PM

Oh Lyr, I did laugh when I watched the slideshare in point 1! I remember how ashamed I felt when I accidentally got naked the first time in front of everybody... Without counting the times I lost my hair, how annoying! And the boxes that appeared all over you!

I have never been "bounced about" and did not even know this was possible. But the most mysterious slides are No. 15, 16 and 17, when you hint at students clicking on you and discovering.... what?

The links require ctrl key + left click (command key on Mac) & at Oops, use the Enter key
by Cynthia Calongne - Saturday, 3 June 2017, 8:13 PM

Great usability question! *grins* I teach usability and find this fascinating.

Most of our work, we do as a team. The content list is a tribute to my research team and to the folks who hosted these events and worked hard to publish these journals, which includes many of our colleagues in this course. *cheers*

The links work, but I discovered two things.

  1. Hold the ctrl Key + left click (or the command key on a Mac). I added this site to my popup exceptions.
  2. For the page, ctrl + left click, opens to an Oops page, and hit the Enter key in the Web address up top.

Just call me Oops! *laughs*

Why do do the links behave this way?

Good question. *grins* I'm surprised as they opened without a ctrl + left click early this morning. The first presentation displayed inside the message in a Monster Size, and did not have resizing options in the HTML source code, so I removed the embedded link for it.

What I intended:

The links should open in a new tab in the same window.

We used an early version of Moodle (1.x) until 2013 and the options were: Open content in a 1) New Window, 2) New Tab, and 3) Same Window, which was easier for me to understand at 3:00 a.m. *chuckles*.

The embedded link options are now called: (and my rationale)

  • open in this window/frame -- (I was worried it would change the current page)
  • _blank  -- (thought it meant a blank window)
  • in a frame   -- (frames used to annoy users)
  • open in the top frame -- (replaces all frames)

I used the _blank option for my embedded links and now, we use ctrl + left click

From a usability standpoint: the goal was not to take the user away from the course, but to open content in another tab or Window without using the dreaded popup windows. *grins*

Content Note: My CV is useful as a history of topics we discussed during particular years in papers and at conferences.

It isn't indexed, so it is published, but it is not searchable on the Web. It is my private list and is missing the Infinite Metaverse Alliance (IMA), plus, it needs tidying to merge the different APA styles, etc. Despite the imperfections, I find it useful when looking at the references within the articles and presentations.

In a fit of enthusiasm, I shared it to contribute to the wealth of wonderful topics in the course and in the meeting building and thought that it might be useful. I'm fine with removing it or any of the content in favor of ease of use. *smiles*


It is a tool that I use to remember the researchers I referenced in papers and my talks, and also, to keep track of my doctoral graduates. I need to add those who graduated in December and June.

But first, I owe Roxie an article first before I can update it. *grins*

I began teaching online in 2001 and used UniLearn, which required instructors to write the course pages and curriculum in HTML 4.0, and started using Moodle from 2008-2013.

All things change. *grins*

Many thanks for your patience!


The MIT Digital Campfire Story
by Cynthia Calongne - Saturday, 3 June 2017, 9:13 PM

Great question, Lucia! The scene where they are sitting on each other was at a New Media Consortium conference, perhaps held for 2-3 days, and the folks didn't notice that they spent hours in that position. I asked each of them for permission to publish it and gave them a copy of the image first. *grins*

They are very good friends! *laughs*

For the slides you mention, it was a turning point for educational meetings.

Here is what happened:

I was at a New Media Consortium (NMC) Digital Storyteling around the Campfire event hosted by the NMC and researchers from MIT. Up to 70 of us sat around a campfire, and yes, it was laggy.

The MIT folks decided to live blog it, so we clicked a box in SL, giving permission to have our names and content published on a blog without the possibility of editing or moderation. It was a research experiment, and we all agreed -- no editing.

This point is important. Back then, the schools hosting events and researchers who participated in them would have IRB approval (hopefully) and ask us sign our permission using a clickable object that reported to the chat log that we gave permission to be published, using our avatar name

They ran these little experiments and posted the results of our discussions live on blogs. This was before voice was available in Second Life.

A friend of mine was wearing personal attachments (prims on her body). Since I build content, I often use the Transparency view to see alpha textures and invisible objects that glow red around me. Griefers used to leave hidden objects and I was on the lookout. *laughs*

I noticed that she had many invisible objects glowing red and whispered to her in an Instant Message:

"I recommend taking those off."

She replied, "Naw, they are on silent mode. Nothing will happen."

"With 70 avatars here, it's laggy. I'd take them off," I replied.

Educators are curious and love to experiment. Someone across from her started left clicking and thumping around the campfire.

Back then, to get someone's clothes to rez, we'd alt+left click their avatar bodies to force the textures to load. The folks trying to make the textures come into focus clicked on her objects and probably forgot to hold down the alt key.

In 2006, people could click on adult attachments and they chattered into the chat log. This is why we have object mute capabilities. *laughs* Objects would spam us.

The chat log displayed her name and the following kinds of messages in the Local chat (now called Nearby Me). This conversation is not precise, nor is it naughty, but it seemed like it. Let's use Xyz for her name:

  • Xyz sweats.
  • Xyz's lips clench.
  • Xyz moans and gasps.

And so on. It went on for several minutes while I wrote her.

"Please, take them off now. This is being published at MIT and it looks like you are having a really good time!"

She had up to 16 of the attachments on her avatar. Yes, I counted. Had no idea what we were talking about, I was so distracted by the feverish attachment sayings. And I wasn't alone.

Turns out, it wasn't adult content. She was wearing childbirth roleplay objects, and while we sat in this wonderful meeting, she went into labor. But we didn't realize it until later.

After that session, the NMC asked everyone to remove all attachments -- in case one got a life without you! *laughs*

And we no longer had live blogging. Linden Lab required research experiments to wear a role as a tag above their heads, noting their research status as a warning to the participants. Researchers had to formally apply for permission to conduct research by writing Linden Lab, which slowed down the process.

I wrote the comic to explain that we are all human, but it is wise to be careful.

You are the first to say that you found it funny. *grins* My slides went into obscurity as most folks like to pretend that it didn't happen. I prefer to learn from these moments and do not fear them.

Re: anti-griefer tactics. If you sit on an object, you become part of it and cannot be shot with a push or physical object, like a bullet, unless your seat is set to Physical on the Object tab (like a ball bouncing). In 2006, folks would shoot me while I was building and I'd launch 7000 meters in the air and come down, ever so slowly.

Now I know to use this phrase in the Nearby Me chat to return quickly to the ground:

gth 25

which means "go to height" 25 meters (where the ground often is located).

We're about to start a new set of virtual world comics for our Sunday Opensim research sessions. *grins*

I love writing about the human condition. It is what makes us interesting.

Thanks! *waves*




Re: Lyr's resources for you to download and freely use
by Cynthia Calongne - Saturday, 3 June 2017, 9:31 PM

Thank you, Monvey! *grins*

Uploading content into SL is easy. Let me know what you'd like to upload: slides, websites, videos or other content? You may want to discuss it in another forum and get credit for it. *laughs* I'll keep an eye out for you!

To open my content:

Use ctrl key + left click to get my slides open, and for the page, after you see Oops! drop your cursor in the Web address field at the top hit the enter key. Use the Command key+ left click instead of the ctrl key on some Mac.

I posted an explanation earlier and will spare you the spam. *laughs* If they still do not work, copy these links into a browser address field and hit enter:  

    -- scroll down to see the videos, perhaps 3-7 posts down

    -- my link is not indexed, but is published as a Google Doc. I keep track of our history and peek at the references within the articles and slides.

Have fun! *waves*


Re: Lyr's resources for you to download and freely use
by Cynthia Calongne - Saturday, 3 June 2017, 9:45 PM

You are most welcome, Pilar. It was great seeing you and our SLMOOC 2017 attendees at Beth Ghostraven's appearance event!

If anyone needs the Clockwork box that I shared after Beth's session, let me know when we meet in Second Life. It is best to IM me when we are together. Most of the IMs do not reach me via email when i am offline, and Notecards do not always load.

The fault may be the size of my Inventory, which is 152,000+ items (after some tidying). I log in and the simulator whimpers. *laughs* Why keep so much stuff? I kept copies of my students' projects, my class content, conference slides, and I love freebies and like to shop.

In the Clockwork box, we have many clever items, including a village, avatars and humorous hens with a hen house, all in a Steampunk design (Victorian tech). A member of my family ran a Steampunk designs shop with a partner years ago in SL and in Inworldz, and I picked it up from their collection.

If you give the box or content to others, please uncheck the transfer or copy options (either, but not both), to protect the creators' digital rights. They make great prizes and gifts for students.

I prefer full permission content and try to set mine to full perm for ease of use, but some of the scripts or animations may be set to no modify, which makes the object look like you cannot modify it, but you can once you rez it.

I ran a roleplay shop for a brief time with low cost items (10-20 Lindens). Someone would buy something and I'd get so excited when the message arrived, I'd send them dozens of items in various colors. *laughs*

Needless to say, my life as a shopkeeper was short lived. *grins*


Re: Lyr's resources for you to download and freely use
by Maria Pilar Pamblanco Perales - Sunday, 4 June 2017, 9:08 AM

One of the reasons I created my "Pilar" avatar a few years ago was because the inventory of my other avatar was so big! I managed to get it down from 168.000 to 150.000 (the sorting of that inventory is an ongoing project LOL). How did it get so big? I made the mistake of unboking lots of textures, animations and sounds (Don't do that!). I love freebies and hunts. I was a very active member in many freebies and hunts groups. I've collected all sorts of things, there are some very nice things out there (but your inventory grows really quickly). I love helping newbies so I keep some things in my inventory because of that. I was a blogger for a while and I even tried to be a builder, but I'm really a "modifier" more than a builder. I love full-perm content, or at least copy and mody... That inventory is not even bigger because I haven't been a very active member in sl for about two or three years. My advise to newbies is always "organize from the beginning".

I'm going to start sorting my inventory again so I can give some nice things to this avatar, I'll let you know if I find something I think you would like.

I would also be a very bad shopkeeper, I'm always giving things away.

I have never been into roleplay really, but I do have lots of things in my inventory that would be great for it. Just in case... LOL



Re: The MIT Digital Campfire Story
by Lucia Bartolotti - Sunday, 4 June 2017, 12:24 PM

Thank you so much for this lengthy reply, Lyr! Which shows kindness and care. smile

I am interested in humans and, as a language teacher and former translator, in communication. The learning curve in SL and virtual worlds in general can be very steep, so I am very interested in making the process easier to people I might invite in the future. And yes, I'm not ashamed of my mistakes, mistakes are interesting too!

Your hint at activating hidden objects in case griefers etc. made me think of a story I heard of a griefer who left naughty images all over somebody's place. I wonder if that was in 2006, as it seems to have been a very happy year for pests, hahaha

Your story is hilarious, really, even if it mustn't have seemed so to the poor lady.

Thank you so much for your tips, they are most useful.

smiles and waves goodbye


Re: Lyr's resources for you to download and freely use
by Maria Rizza - Tuesday, 27 June 2017, 5:34 PM

 Thanks Lyr for sharing so many resources, though I could not watch all of them now, I will go back soon

 bye from Maria Rizza

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by Anna Kalizhanova - Tuesday, 4 July 2017, 2:29 PM
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by Maria Luisa de Cristofaro - Tuesday, 6 June 2017, 1:11 PM
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Re: My gradebook Cristofaro
by Maria Luisa de Cristofaro - Tuesday, 6 June 2017, 5:29 PM

Dear Nellie, I tried to do it. I did a short screen capture of what i did

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by Tiziana Angiolini - Wednesday, 3 May 2017, 3:57 AM


I have already worked on MOODLE 7 and it was really interesting. I am here to learn and do some more  exercises.

The topic of my course should be teaching the English Novel online while using  videos, online presentations and creating some engaging activities.

Right now I am doing the rise of the NOVEL at school and I think I might use some materials online here is the link to my website where I keep materials for my students

Website page


Does anyone want to work on it?




(Edited by Nives Torresi - original submission Tuesday, 2 May 2017, 8:02 AM)

by Nives Torresi - Wednesday, 3 May 2017, 3:58 AM

Hi Tiziana,

I just had a look at the website, sounds quite interesting... good luck.

nb* I created a hyperlink to your website so it opens on another browser tab. 


by Tiziana Angiolini - Wednesday, 3 May 2017, 7:25 AM

Hi Nives,


what I am doing is working online by  using free resources : hopefully we can rely on many and I want my students to read online, listen to  materials and share ideas in class.

I have been working on web 2.0 tools for some years and I am trying to implement my teaching by using a flipped model. It is hard: not everybody loves working from home but  I do need to do this because  the quality of the internet is poor at school. I am also going to share some presentations by using the resources.  

I love the novel as I will start doing some Writers this year then next year we will work on the XVIII-XIX century

With another  class I will do the XIX  century and the  XX  so I am trying to find materials online where the students can learn about the differences in style.

I did  DOROTHY RICHARDSON and the  STREAM OF CONSCIOUSNESS  TECHNIQUE  as a thesis so  I  am  going to share what I have learnt with my students and to teach them how  to love  reading.


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by Dr. Nellie Deutsch - Saturday, 27 May 2017, 6:57 AM
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Team Course Collaboration
by Emilia Dan - Wednesday, 24 May 2017, 9:11 PM

Hello everybody!

My work



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by Maria Luisa de Cristofaro - Thursday, 18 May 2017, 11:34 AM
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Role of the manager
by Anatoly Chenoby - Thursday, 18 May 2017, 9:48 AM

Manager in Moodle

The default Manager role enables users assigned the role to access courses and modify them, as well as perform certain administrative level tasks related to courses, users, grade settings, etc.

Unlike the administrator role, the Manager role is a 'real role', whose capabilities you can edit, but is similar to Administrator. As a normal role, like Course Creator or Teacher, while the Manager role has almost very many capabilities by default, you can edit that role if you choose.

As administrator you can assign Manager role via Administration>Users>Permissions>Assign system roles, selecting the Manager role and moving over your chosen user. Interestingly, Manager can edit it’s role by him/herself by eliminate extra permissions.

They do not have access to infrastructure areas ( such as Security, Server, Plugins, Appearance, or Advanced Features), which are reserved for those in the Site administrators group. They have access to most of the context tools (for User, Course and Grade system settings and tools).

The most complete list of Manager role rights include:



The Manager role can also be assigned in the context Category rather than sitewide.

Do this if you want someone to be able to have access to all the courses in a single category and manage them, but do not want them to have access to any of Site administration tools.

Assign this as follows: Site administration > Courses > Add/edit courses > (select a category) > Edit this category > Administration block: Assign roles > Manager > (select user) Add


Master of Few Resources
by Sheryl McCoy - Thursday, 18 May 2017, 10:32 AM
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by Steve Berry - Wednesday, 17 May 2017, 10:27 AM
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Steve Berry - Create Blog Entry Regarding MOOC 10
by Steve Berry - Sunday, 14 May 2017, 1:44 PM

Video presentation – Create Blog Entry with regards to MOOC 10


Re: Steve Berry - Create Blog Entry Regarding MOOC 10
by Nives Torresi - Monday, 15 May 2017, 4:02 AM

Hi Steve, 

Very clear as always bravo! 

Funny about the pasting of the image, happened to me too! However inserting the image or image address is always best.

good job

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by Maria Luisa de Cristofaro - Wednesday, 17 May 2017, 6:25 AM
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MEETING WEDNESDAY: We're All In This Together
by Sheryl McCoy - Tuesday, 16 May 2017, 9:12 PM

Before we meet and talk: if you see a new member of Moodle MOOC 10 come online that you would like to invite to join us.....PLEASE DO.


Let's meet tomorrow on Google Hangouts at 8:00 AM Central Standard Time. I believe that's 3:00 PM in Italy. Please reply here on this forum: *Yes, that time is OK. or **Can we bump the time forward an hour or two? LET ME KNOW ASAP. cool

Nellie has given us a great format to help shape our course. I think we should use it. To begin, each of us will provide a picture and a written biography as teachers in the course. Share files here, and I'll put that together. Don't be shy. We all can do this. You are all lovely.

We need some introductory information that will link all the activities (center of each lesson or class).

So far we have the:

  • Recycle/Upcycle,
  • Photosynthesis lesson, 
  • Media lesson (book, movie, etc)  to integrate in our course.
  • From Seed to Compost activity (aka Hairy and Harriet)

I can be responsible for pulling that overview together, but I'll need short vocabulary list (10 to 20 words) from each of you. Think of practical words related to our topic (We're all in this together - think about the relationship) that would be helpful words for students to learn to improve their knowledge of English.

Pick a topic to make your presentation and lesson related to our topic about Sustainability. One of the team has discussed an activity for the Recycle/Upcycle lesson. She had mentioned making a musical instrument out of a plastic bottle. Another team member discussed Photosynthesis related lesson. Various types of media were the topic of another team member. Each of you can prepare info and materials to make an introductory video about your lesson.

Let's all make sure we have the same copy of the CLIL unit plan with a lesson plan that Arianna shared.I know various members of the team have used or seen this template. Arianna, can you share that Word document link here? I know you've already provided it, but it would be helpful to pull everything into this forum.

If you have files (images, stories, worksheets, games, lesson plans, etc, etc, etc) you would like to include, PLEASE DO SO. This would help our team in the development of our course.

Let me know if you have questions OR comments. If any of my work needs editing, please let me know. It takes a team to put a course together. approve


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by Ramona De Carolis - Tuesday, 16 May 2017, 9:13 AM
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I said yes!
by Ramona De Carolis - Saturday, 13 May 2017, 12:38 AM


What's my definition of student engagement?

Let me think heart heartheart


You can say I did not understand anything!

Maybe No NoNo


Or not! Yes YesYes

I seriously think that student engagement  concerns love for knowledge, life skills and the desire to get involved and show what you are capable of.

The purpose is a education marriage based on confidence in skills of the teacher and on the willingness to participate actively in school activities respecting yourself and others.

Engagement is the best level!


I always say to my students not to forget to use your head, your heart and your hands!


The ultimate goal is everyone's well-being!