James at Lloud

Works and thoughts about digital communication & education

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:


Good Morning English City

I had a great opportunity to work in a virtual learning environment known as “English City” for the UK company Language Lab.  English City was a place for anyone who wanted to improve their English language skills.  It is a for-profit business and in this capacity I helped to create some of the most dramatic learning experiences I have ever encountered.

Most of these programs are published on the Language Lab Youtube channel, but I do have this example in my own channel.


How it Was Done

My role was that of event host which provided an experiential aspect to the learning of English – a place for learners to make use of the language.  I hosted events such as ‘Emergency’ and ‘Adventure’ but my favorite event was “Good Morning English City” – a television talk show.  In this 2 hour event learners would play the part of talk show hosts and guests, improvising the topics and performing with invented personalities & backgrounds.  We would run the talk show at least three times so that new learners could observe the process before jumping in.

In addition to guiding the learners through the event, I wanted to create artifacts for both the learners and for Language Lab so I developed a workflow and methodology to record and present the talk show on Youtube.

My production tools included a version of the Second Life virtual world viewer customized by Language Lab.  To capture the sessions I used a screen recorder named “BSR – Best Screen Recorder” which allowed me to capture fluid motion and audio on a custom screen area.  BSR would record into an uncompressed format which allowed for a very high frame rate but created an enormous video file.  Recording to a compressed file was too demanding for my computer even though it was well-configured with a dual-core processor and high speed graphics card.

Several configuration issues were quite challenging.  One was to capture the session while hiding the SecondLife viewer controls & mouse cursor.  Next was mixing the audio coming from the viewer with the audio from my microphone.  BSR had very good options in selecting audio source and mixing form the audio resources in the Windows 7.

Once the session was recorded I created an Adobe Premiere Elements project and assembled the program into one long program.  I created three ‘bump’ animations and an opening animation of a logo provided by the Language Lab staff using motion controls in Adobe Premiere Elements.  Then I broke the big program back into pieces to be uploaded to Youtube where it was re-assembled as a Playlist of videos.  I did this so that learners could view and share just the segments in which they participated.

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.:

http://forum.nexon.net/CombatArms/forums/3/4072252/ShowThread.aspx

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

http://forums.logitech.com/t5/Logitech-Vid/Linksys-wrt610n-router-setup-For-Unavailable-to-Receive-Calls/td-p/490576

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.

 

About The Author

James Chris Lloyd

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