Transpositions in Configurable Virtual Storyworlds

James J. Sosnoski (University of Illinois at Chicago, USA), Kevin Q. Harvey (University of Illinois at Chicago, USA), Jordan Stalker (University of Illinois at Chicago, USA), and Colleen Monahan (University of Illinois at Chicago, USA)
Copyright: © 2010 |Pages: 94
EISBN13: 9781616921491|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60566-878-9.ch005
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BACKGROUND: The Center for the Advancement of Distance Education (CADE) is a self-supporting unit within the School of Public Health at the University of Illinois at Chicago. The center’s services range from online continuing education and professional training to multimedia Web-casting and research data management, analysis and presentation. TECHNOLOGY USED: In public health emergency response training, an isolation and quarantine situation is one of the most challenging. Second Life has the capability and potential to address many of the training and planning challenges associated with such a sensitive topic. It enables public health emergency responders to test and refine existing plans and procedures in a safe, controllable, immersive and repeatable environment. CASE STUDY: A quarantine scenario designed for emergency training. The authors designed “The Canyon Crossroads” as a key transit point between two quarantine areas and two uninfected areas. They placed a state border to divide the crossroads leaving quarantine zones in each jurisdiction. The local hospital was located in one of the quarantine zones and it is an official holding and treatment location for infected victims. The exercise involves transmitting persons in and out of the four areas. CHALLENGES: There are three challenges the authors are currently addressing: (a) how to increase the levels of engagement in the training process, (b) how to construct a virtual world that fosters collaboration, and (c) how to measure the levels of engagement in this collaborative environment.
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