James at Lloud

Works and thoughts about digital communication & education

Way Back Machine – James’ Masters Degree

I was recently asked for a copy of my master’s degree work which was actually a bit of a surprise.  That work seems so long ago (2006) but in reflection it has been a major milestone in my learning technology journey.  Ever since that work I have been searching for opportunities to apply the concepts discovered and how I could connect those to an occupation.  I am still searching for that connection.  Like many other activities that become passion, the risk of ‘quitting my job day’ is a confounding limitation.

To share the work, I am posting both the thesis paper and the related master’s exam paper that I wrote.  The project was conducted to better understand concepts of learning in virtual worlds and was specifically written about the onboarding experience in Second Life.  

Just a little explanation is needed to provide context for the character of the project.  The work was conducted at the University of Wisconsin Graduate School in Madison, in the School of Education and specializing in the Education Technology program.  The faculty at that time was very much informed by a postmodernist perspective that was examining the fallacy of the ‘objective observer’ and placing emphasis on the personal and experiential influence of the researcher on the researched.

I believe that because of those influences the tone of writing is, as my advising professor Michael Thomas noted, ‘a bit chatty.’  In the final analysis I find that the work is not academically rigorous but as a chronicle and reflection on a specific time and a juncture of cultural transition corresponding to the Gartner Hype Cycle that was very much part of the Second Life phenomenon.

Here then are the links to the documents, posted in .pdf format.



Professional Objectives video

This project emerged from a re-design of my resume which included a clarification of my professional objectives.  Professional objectives have fallen a bit from favor in the modern job hunt but this was something that was very useful in my job hunt and I wanted to create a project that was both a statement and an example.

I wanted to use a variety of tools and include work with virtual learning environments so I chose to perform this as an avatar in Second Life.

How it Was Done

For this project I even made a video describing how it was done:

Router VoIP Magic – SIP and ALG settings

Lately I have been using more than one viewer for activity in the virtual world of Second Life and encountering problems with connecting to the Voip services. Vivox is the voice communication software used in most Second Life viewers.

This is all in the realm of magic to my mind though I know that it is just arcane, not unknowable. But I got a clue one day when the viewer software reported a problem from the server trying to give me access to voice. This alert message appeared and provided me with some clues for research:

I then found this forum discussion where a fellow was asking about ports, but the repair was to disable SIP ALG.:


I then found this forum that helped me get to that setting on my own router:


Here is a screenshot of the changed setting on my router:

Since changing that setting I have been using all my Second Life browsers without any problems connecting in voice.


Getting serious about Backup

I have been struggling with hard drive backup and today I spent some time doing research. I’ve come to the conceptual conclusion that I need to pursue 2 approaches at the same time.

Firstly, I need to make an ‘image’ of the computer itself which includes the operating system and the most recent state of the operating system – this for the issue of the computer itself coming to harm – lightening, etc. An image of the computer should make it possible to replace the hardware and simply restore the most recent image to the hardware and be up and functioning.

Secondly, I need to take a ‘synchronization’ approach for file data. The sync approach should include both a traditional backup image of the data (the true meaning of backup) but also a constant data process (cdp) replication so that the data files, in the event of loss are usable from the synchronization archive. IN addition, data should also be uploaded to a distant site.

My netgear ReadyNas came with Memeo software so I did research into this program. I have also encountered Acronis products in my work with other clients and I would like to learn Acronis to be fluent in using it.

I read information on both website and while it seems that Memeo is more innovative in the CDP side of file replication, Acronis has a proven history of actual file recovery.

I searched specifically for the image issue and discovered that Acronis has the ability to create a recovery disk that will boot up an empty computer shell and restore the image file! That is huge. I could not find this feature in Memeo.

Lastly, I searched youtube.com for both the product names and there were 130 acronis posts and 40 memeo posts. This to me means that if I encounter trouble, I have better options with community support from acronis.

Need a new word for practitioners in Virtual Environments?

As I was writing the post about Molbio in Second Life, I was considering what category to apply to the discipline of building virtual environments.

I have categories for photography and videography. Is there a corresponding term for the ‘graphy’ or representation of reality in a virtual environment?

Virtu-ography? Virtualography?

In the end I opted for what seems to be the consensual descriptor in learning and education – ‘virtual environments’. But still, the term does not have the simplicity and clarifying sense of a term like videography!

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About The Author

James Chris Lloyd

 Learning Technologist
 - Instructional Design
 - Media Production
 - Curricular Analysis
 - Communities of Practice
 - Virtual Environments

"I can make it work."


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