Resources

NEW FULL REGION OAR FILE as @ 31 July 2015 (see below)

A range of resources can be downloaded from this page. While there are currently not many resources available here at the moment as we are still in the process of developing them, we anticipate to have a full suite of resources, including full region OAR files, available on this page April 2015.

We will be continuously adding to the resources available here over time. We sincerely hope that if you find our free shareable resources useful you will be willing to contribute anything you develop or modify from resources obtained here back to this site so that we can all benefit.

To download a resource, right click on the specific resource you want and choose “Save link as…”.

For more information about accessing the resources below, please contact us via the Contacts page.

Pedagogical Resources

Exemplar lesson plans:

Icon of Asking For Directions And Shopping Asking For Directions And Shopping (385.0 KiB)
Icon of Exploring A Chinese Restaurant Exploring A Chinese Restaurant (410.4 KiB)
Icon of Purchasing A Railway Ticket Purchasing A Railway Ticket (834.5 KiB)

Technical Resources

NPC Chat resources:

Icon of Dialog Script Editor - Market Seller (sample) Dialog Script Editor – Market Seller (sample) (13.9 KiB)
Icon of Dialog Script Editor - Nurse (sample) Dialog Script Editor – Nurse (sample) (14.3 KiB)
Icon of Dialog Script Editor - Waitress (sample) Dialog Script Editor – Waitress (sample) (16.1 KiB)

USB program:

See detailed instructions and links below

Virtual environment viewer:

See detailed instructions and links below

Manuals:

Chat program for NPCs

Virtual Resources

Complete environment in single OAR file:

See detailed instructions and links below

Individual items for use in larger environments:

ATMs

Buildings

Food items

Furniture

Non-player characters – NPCs

NPC Chat

Icon of Dialog Script Editor - Market Seller (sample) Dialog Script Editor – Market Seller (sample) (13.9 KiB)
Icon of Dialog Script Editor - Nurse (sample) Dialog Script Editor – Nurse (sample) (14.3 KiB)
Icon of Dialog Script Editor - Waitress (sample) Dialog Script Editor – Waitress (sample) (16.1 KiB)

Plants and trees

Vehicles

Learning tools:

Interactive HUD

Sound files:

ATM Sounds

Icon of ATM Button Being Pressed Once ATM Button Being Pressed Once (28.3 KiB)
Icon of ATM Warning - Transactions Terminating ATM Warning – Transactions Terminating (630.8 KiB)

Wallet HUD

Icon of Funds Insufficient Please Make Withdrawl Funds Insufficient Please Make Withdrawl (359.5 KiB)
Icon of Wallet HUD Payment Instructions - New Wallet HUD Payment Instructions – New (1.5 MiB)

The Firestorm viewer

To be able to enter the virtual environment of OpenSim you need to have what is known as a “viewer”. A viewer is similar to an internet browser except that it is a standalone program that only interfaces with virtual environments like OpenSim and Second Life.

One of the best viewers that gives access to both OpenSim and Second Life is the Firestorm viewer. You can download a dual OpenSim/Second Life version of the viewer from here:

http://www.firestormviewer.org/downloads/

Instructions:

  • Be sure to download the following version of the viewer:
    • For SL & Opensim 32bit OR For SL & Opensim 64bit
  • Once downloaded you will need to install the viewer. You can do this on your computer or install it on the same USB stick as your version of Sim-on-a-Stick (see below for details).
  • Once installed you will need to start up Firestorm and then do the following setup:
    • Video – setting up Firestorm for SoaS

 

 

When you first log in to the VEL Demonstration region in SoaS (i.e. on your USB stick), you will appear as a very basic avatar. If you would like to upgrade your appearance to something a little more aesthetically pleasing, there is a small clothing shop in the region with free complete avatars and clothing. Maybe this could be your first task in exploring the VEL Demonstration region!

The OpenSim platform

Sim-on-a-Stick (SoaS):

Instructions:

  • To install on a USB stick:
    • Copy this file onto a USB stick (a minimum 4GB stick).
    • Double click on the file called “SoaS08PF-Setup.exe”.
    • Choose to install on the USB stick.
    • The file takes a couple of minutes to install.
  • To run the SoaS version of OpenSim:
    • Open the folder “SoaS08PF” on your USB stick.
    • Double click the .exe file “mowes.exe” and allow to run.
      • A small window will open with the MOWES logo on it.
      • It will show that on-board Apache server and MySQL server are running (green colour).
      • Back in the SoaS08PF” folder on your USB stick, open the following folders:
        • “diva-r25084” then
        • “bin”
      • In the “bin” folder scroll down until you see the .exe file “OpenSim.32BitLaunch”. Double click to activate.
        • The OpenSim control window (a black MSDOS -like window) will now open.
        • You will see a lot of text running down the window. This will take a couple of minutes to finish.
        • When you see the words “LOGINS ENABLED” you can start up your Firestorm viewer and log into the OpenSim region on your USB stick (see below for the latest region OAR file & installation instructions).
        • The username and password for the SoaS version of OpenSim are:
          • Username: Simona Stick
          • Password: 123
Complete environments:

Latest complete environment OAR file as @ 31 July 2015:

Instructions:

After you have downloaded this OAR region file, copy it on to your USB stick into the following folder:

  • SoaS08PF > diva-r25084 > bin

Once the file has copied across, you will need to complete the following steps to activate the region for use:

  • In the OpenSim control window type the following commands:
    • load oar FILE NAME
  • The OAR region file will take several minutes to load into the OpenSim program on your USB stick.
  • Once loaded you can start your Firestorm viewer and log into the region.

 The NTNU TELL Lab

http://tell.aclc.ntnu.edu.tw/index.php/en/

As a National Taiwan Normal University (NTNU) Research Laboratory, the NTNU Technology Enhanced Language Learning (TELL) Laboratory conducts research on using technology effectively in education, aiming at improving the use of state-of-the-art technologies for teaching and learning. The Lab was founded in 2009 by Professor籃玉如(Yu-Ju LAN) who is currently an Associate Professor at the Department of Applied Chinese Language and Culture at NTNU. 

Currently, the areas that constitute the core of the work performed at the NTNU TELL Laboratory are virtual realities and mobile learning. Research at the Laboratory includes projects in SecondLifeMyWordToolsCoolChinese and M-learning. The Laboratory takes projects from the initial concept stage, through design, data collection and finally to research conferences and international SSCI journal publications.

The NTNU TELL Laboratory projects involve cooperation with domestic and international research institutions. The Laboratory is divided into groups of work: research, teaching and administration. While each division has specific tasks, the Laboratory’s research-oriented work involves all members aiming for collaborations, helping each project to succeed. 

For more information on the work being done by the NTNU TELL Lab, please watch the following video:

https://www.youtube.com/embed/1qnE71ga2Sw