I was able to attend from the comfort of my home office. There were many panel discussions but these bullet points are from the discussions on vGov and Virtual World studies to stay in line with the initial discussion about Second Life. I would encourage others to go to their website and check out the recorded discussions. The material presented was awesome and excited to see the DoD is on board!!!
Preconceptions– Mr. Chris Smith CIO of US Department of Agriculture admitted that at first it’s hard to see the business value. But what I took is that once you jump in, you
too will become a believer!
Experience- During a normal conference call most people are multi-tasking and not engaged 100%, within virtual world you
are completely engaged. Presence allows
for information flowing and this environment increases learning by 50%. Cost
is expected to go down 2012 to $1000 per user.
Why join or what are they getting out of this? Join other early adopters,
leverage information, collaborate with other organizations, learn from their
projects and exchange vendor information.
Execution-Mr. Chris Smith shared that in about 3 months his team created a proof of concept. They were able to work with vendors, get
passed the security obstacle, stood up a community of practice, and were able
to see value right away.
· M Medical treatments- treating PTSD and depression
· Ed Education-visit My Base Public on Second Life to experience the history of Air Force
· Pe Perfect job function- Submarine commanders are able to interact, use tactical systems, and run experiments.
· S Share information/research- Budget constraints are always an issue. Those that have more funding can share their findings with others.
· A Avatars can take a person through career development process when in reality resources
are not available
· FoFire management- can see the layout of the land, simulate the weather patterns
and map troop movement
· S Simulate training for various emergencies
· F FAA may one day be able to do their jobs on a 3-D setting to have more accurate feel for space dimension
· In Information Assurance training, most of the time people do not learn anything new and are
not thrilled to complete their IA training. An ideal scenario would be to have instructor led training but it’s too costly. Instead people may one day be able to take this training on world.
· JH Joint Base San Antonio (Air Force) is planning to use a virtual world for their
Medical Education Training Campus with the goal of having new people process
through a virtual world. People will get accustomed to the environment and all training will be done on world. If it is successful, this will be transferred to other fields.
· N NDU iCollege- Is building a base to lead organizational learning and collaborate
with other federal agencies. They hope to be able to model and interact with an ERP, create a financial management organization, conduct analytics, incorporate knowledge management, the Learning Management System, and bring all sorts of data to the virtual base.
· G Getting everyone access
· C Costs
· P Protecting identities
· Pe Perfect place for terrorist to infiltrate
· D Data Retention process has yet to be established
Summary– Dr. Paulette Robinson is truly a visionary and sees this as our future and the Fed government needs to stay ahead of the curve. Virtual worlds help facilitate transfer
learning. We are in an age of inter-connectivity and this is an ideal environment. In a virtual world formless concepts can be visualized. PowerPoint, Adobe Connect
and DCO/DKO are boring. They do not allow people to interact, relate with others vs. in a virtual world you can accomplish precision learning, training and much more!