Last updated October 13, 1999 (wow that's quite a while
Sociology of Cyberspace
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Table of Contents
Bibliographies & documnent indexes & Mailing lists
- Events, What's new
- General Index Pages
- Educational MUDs
- Guides, FAQs & Manuals
- "Educational" Moo objects
MUDs used to stand for "Multi-user Dungeons", i.e. multi-user interactive
role-playing games on the Internet. Today, the concept "MUD" refers to all
primarily text-based Multi-User Dimensions. MUD technology can be used for education in
various ways. To connect to a MUD, you can use a telnet client, but better find a
specialized Client In education, MOOs (MUD, Object Oriented) are
most popular since they have a sophisticated built-in programming language..
MUDs (and specially the MOO variant) can be be characterized by:
- Many persons can connect simultaneously to a server.
- The MUD has a spacial organization, e.g. people interact with people or objects
primarily within "rooms".
- Within a MOO, many real time communication actions exist, like "saying" or
"emoting" things publically to the persons in a "room", pageing people
elsewhere, "whispering" messages, using a "CB" channel, etc.
- Asynchronous communication tools include internal e-mail, Newsgroups, News papers,
tutorial rooms, "whiteboards", etc.
Events, What's New ?
- GeoSoc is hosting a round table discussion bringing the
dungeon game format into education. Concept is essentially to incorporate learning
into some of Sony's play station software (instead of casting a spell of doom -- beat the
others to the right answer).
General Index Pages
- Indexes & other Summary Information:
- Educational & Reserach MUDS Note that some are "serious" MUDs with
additional themes or "social" MUDs with educational and/or research activites.
- Organization: Computer Writing and Research
Lab, Dept. of Rhetoric and Composition, U of Texas at Austin
- Theme: Academic consists of a number of theme areas, each of which have an
educational purpose, but which are also intended to be entertaining. Examples include an
area devoted to cyberpunk, an extensive area devoted to recreating significant portions of
various historical eras (including Ancient Greece and Rome) and an area devoted to the
works of H.P. Lovecraft.
- Access: Areas are being worked on by staff members of the CWRL, but students are also encouraged to contribute
and have added some interesting places of their own. Currently, Academic has an open
character creation and building policy.
- Access: Visitors are welcome at brazos.iac.net:8888.
Qualified university-level instructors interested in joining Athena University should
contact Dr. William Painter, Executive Director.
Student and other inquires can contact VOU@Delphi.com
- Bay MOO - WWW Page telnet://BayMOO.sfsu.edu:8888/
- Theme: This is mostly a "cultural MOO" but it is currently (Jan 95)
increasing educational activities.
WWW Pagetelnet://silo.riv.csu.edu.au:7777/ Theme: Contains
virtual classrooms and more for use by internal and distance education students and
teachers, up to Ph.D level. WE hope to turn it into a WOO as part of a package of Internet
tools in the virtual classroom.
- WWW Information Page
Purpose: A virtual meeting place for biology professionals.
WWW-Moo Interface: First connect via
telnet (at the address given above) and log in with "guest [name]
[password]", using a [name] and [password] of your choice. Then connect to the web access system (at
http://bioinfo.weizmann.ac.il:8000), and enter the same name and password in the web
authentication form when requested.
Theme: Explorenet is a multimedia MUD environment for use between schools. It is
part of the Virtual Academy Project at the University of Central Florida and the Coalition
of Essential Schools at Brown University.
- Theme: Learning french (by conversation, games, etc.)
WWW Information page
WWW interface: http://lingua.utdallas.edu:7000/11
Theme: LINGUA MOO is an educational and professional community for teachers and
students at The University of Texas at Dallas. It is
both a learning environment and a place where faculty collaborate on various projects
related to teaching and research using electronic media. It is also designed to support
links with other MOOs and collectives like AEE (Alternative Education
Environments) and the GNA-Net (Globewide
WWW Information page
Special Features: Italian Spoken.
Theme: A virtual image of the world: geography, culture, history...
WWW Information Page
Organization: sponsored by Miami University's Classics and Religion departments.
Theme:It is open to the public, but is intended for building virtual models of
important historical and religious buildings and regions. It is sponsored by Miami
University's Classics and Religion departments and is being built (so far) by a motley
group of professors, grad students and undergraduates. The MOO is first and foremost an
WWW-MOO Interface: http://moo.cas.muohio.edu/~moo/
Theme: See here (includes
bibliography and how to use information).
WWW Information Page
Organization: Dept. of Rhetoric and Composition, U
of Texas at Austin
Theme: OWL (Online Writing Laboratory) is maintained by members of the Undergraduate Writing Center
(Dept. of Rhetoric and Composition). OWL's primary purpose is to allow on-line
consultations between UWC staff and UT students concerning student writing skills. It has
also become a meeting place for UT faculty and students and faculty from around the
country, as well as the site of a weekly Creative Writing Workshop.
Access: Anyone interested in more info about it should contact Susan Warshauer of
the UWC at email@example.com.
Theme:Virtual Classrooms. Several Actvities, see e.g. New Tools for Teaching and
especially the MOO: The virtual
classroom by James J. O'Donnell -
e.g. PennMOO for
Theme: schMOOze is a small, friendly college known for its hospitality and the
diversity of the student population. It was established in July, 1994 as a place where
people studying English as a second or foreign language could practice English while
sharing ideas and experiences with other learners and practicers of English. Students have
opportunities for one-on-one and group conversations as well as access to language games,
an on-line dictionary, USENET feed, and gopher access. Although schMOOze was founded with
the ESL/EFL student in mind, it welcomes all people interested in cross-cultural
Theme: Canada's SchoolNet runs its
own K-12, bilingual (English/French) educational MOO.
Access: The MOO itself is at schoolnet.carleton.ca 7777, but does not allow guest
Example of what they do: "Last May, for example, we held a Q/A session between the
Minister of Justice of Canada and students from 7 different schools from accross Canada.
The WWW-MOO Interface
Organization: TECFA (Technologies de Formation
et Apprentissage), Faculte de Psychologie et des Sciences de l'Education, University of Geneva.
Theme: This is our (this WWW page maintainer's) MOO. Its main purposes are research
(in educational technology and CMC) and some education.
Special Topics: See the TecfaMOO
Project page for more information (documentation, articles, student projects, etc.).
Virtual Online University
Theme: Virtual Online University, a member of the GNA consortium, sponsors two
educational endeavors encompassing both secondary and post-secondary education: Athena University - a classically-oriented institution of
higher learning offering university classes on the internet - and the GENII Lab School.
GENII is an internet training resource to K-12, higher education and business
professionals. A central mission of GENII is to bring effective and affordable internet
training to everyone who needs it.
Access: Visit us at telnet://athena.edu
Theme: A MOO will offer [...] chances to use a social environment for educational
purposes, a chance for teachers and students to learn by engaging in the construction of
simulations. And since everything in a MOO is written, the thing plays to MU's commitment
to improving student writing. It may also contribute to the university's efforts to
support computer and information literacy. See the Virtual place for Writers WWW home
page for details on the on-line writery.
Other interesting MUDs
- Professional Communities
- PMC MOO - WWW
Page (includes a telnet/tinyfuge button, good idea!)
- Theme: Postmodern
Culture. This page includes pointers to the issues of "Postmodern Culture: An
Electronic Journal of Interdisciplinary Criticism" and other PMC stuff.
- See also: WWW Page of the Institute for
Advanced Technology in the Humanities, The University of Virginia. (includes a telnet
button for the IATH-specific MOO).
- Theme:Meeting Place for Media Researchers, one of the "ancient MOOs".
- See also:
- Some of the educational MOOs above: (BioMOO, TecfaMOO, ...)
- Special Features: A True Multi-lingual MOO !
- WWW Page. (WWW pages and telnet buttons for
the Sprawl, World and WaxWeb MOOs)
- Special features: Integrates the WWW and the MOO.
- Lambda MOO
- Theme: Moo-Fun, cultural
- Special Features: The largest (I think) and the best known, got some exposure in the
- Jay's House MOO (JHM) - WWW-Page
- Theme:An ongoing project to investigate text-based VR.
- Special Features: Hang-out for some very good Moo programmers
PtMOOt (dead now)
Theme: ActLab's Quote "It attempts to
reproduce the 'real world' by disallowing any sort of communication or action unless it
has a real-life counterpart. It also has an interesting economic system established. To
excite things a bit, there's some good ol' fashion conspiracy wacko and Lovecraftian
elements to spice things up a bit." See this Gopher page for more
- MOO as education, learning and research tools (Also points to articles covering
MOOs as part of an educational set-up)
in the Ether by By Nina Hall, London, (Appeared in: The Times Higher Education
Supplement, September 16, 1994, back page [xii], here in html format) . See also: OU sees
net gain for real by Lynton McLain, London (Appeared in: The Times Higher Education
Supplement, September 16, 1994, front page).
- Articles on DU(html).
- A conferencing Workshop for Teachers On Using the Internet. MOO transcripts found at the
VOU WWW home page.
Realities, Virtual Communities and Informal Science Education by Barry Kort, BBN Labs.
- See also: Virtual Communitiesby
- Other articles
Bibliographies & Document Indexes, mailing lists
PLEASE (applies to all on-line information): People should sign their pages and even
more so their on-line articles!
Mailing Lists (and Archives)
- Moo-Ed Archive
(education & MOOs) To subscribe read: this
- cbnvee (concerns:
"educational virtual realities") To subscribe read: this
- MOO cows
- Cyberspace and Society: To subscribe: Send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org with the following
content: join cyberspace-and-society <First Name> <Name>
Guides, FAQs & Manuals
- Beginners help
"Educational" Moo objects
- Tools for on-line classes & tutorial rooms:
Tools for Education by Ken Schweller. Quote from this DUJVRE Journal (1/1) article:
"Over the past few years I have enjoyed building a variety of MOO tools which are
presently being used here and about for instructional and educational purposes. These
tools include the following Generics: - video camera, tape, vcr, tv - slide projector,
lecture - conversational robot - classroom, and theater".
MOOs.See section 5 of this article.
- See also: GNA C++ Consulting
(A Web page describing also their interactive classroom).
- To be developed: Check the Ohlohne village at BayMOO or Agincourt at DU
- MUDDweller is simple Mac client that works will with Mac TCP/IP. Ftp Archives: here.
- Emacs rmoo client: Works (only)
with GNU Emacs (not lemacs). In our opinion the best overall emacs MOO client (programming
support). You can forget about @notedit, just remember to type '@edito +l' (@editoptions
+local), this was not obvious to me!
- Other clients rumored to be good
- tkMOO: tk/tcl based (you need to have those installed). There are several versions, like
tkMOO 4.1 (Andrew
Wilson) or tkMOO 4.0(Jay
Carlson)- (documentation). I
gave up on the installation (too hard for simple tourists!).
- Maybe one of those Windows clients created by GraphComp
- Client depositories/information:
Future Multimedia MOOs (other than WWW-MOOs)
Future text based VR, technical discussions, etc.
MUDs and VR
Alternative conferencing/mud stuff:
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