Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Mr. Humble, the Interviews, and Educators

Location: Blog-Crawls

It's gratifying to see that Rod Humble, Linden Lab's new CEO, has stepped up to talk to several bloggers about his goals and hopes for Second Life. Here are a few interviews I've found:
At this week's Virtual Worlds Education Roundtable, I'm going to focus our Open Forum discussion on a few issues: what would educators most like to know about Humble's plans? What issues pertaining to virtual-worlds education would they most like him to address during his first year?

My questions to Rod Humble:
  • How do you feel about renewing work on interoperability with OpenSim grids?
  • Could you clarify Linden Lab's vision for educational use of its grid?
  • How likely are some sort of out-of-world backups similar to those in much of OpenSim?
  • Would you come to a VWER meeting? 
Educators, what would you like to ask the CEO?

    4 comments:

    iliveisl said...

    great questions

    as to ed, i doubt SL will ever offer the freedom (ownership) or economy of OpenSim

    Marie Ravencrow said...

    I would like to see them restructure their pricing, more in line with the concrete world economy. One thing that drew me to an Opensim-based grid was the affordability of land. I can't do on SL what I can do on Inworldz, because I can't afford the land...

    ...another idea that would be nice is if they raised the prim limits on the current land that they have.

    becunningandfulloftricks.com said...

    Linden Lab has already recently addressed the issue of educators in SL. See their official statement at the end of this article from last month.

    I'd expect anything Rod says on the subject would be just a rewording of that.

    Iggy O said...

    Path, I read that piece by Jeff Young, and he and you did an excellent job. That said, the LL statement falls short of the sort of explanation that many of my VWER colleagues want.

    There are, aside from tier, several questions that came up last week at VWER that LL might address to calm some very frayed nerves and restore trust in the company and its product.

    That statement does little to regain the trust lost over the last year. Perhaps if LL asked educators what they need to continue their work instead of migrating to another platform.

    I'll concede that LL being a sponsor of VWBPE is a positive move. It may be a way for them to gather the sort of information they need to better serve education customers.