PIVOTE (for PREVIEW Immersive Virtual Training Environment) is a virtual learning authoring system for virtual worlds. It was developed as part of the JISC funded PREVIEW project, where it was used to develop training material for Paramedic students at St George’s Hospital and Kingston University.
Although based on the Medbiquitous Virtual Patient standard the feeling of all involved in the project was that the system could be used for any sort of structured learning in virtual worlds. The result was that JISC have funded the creation of PIVOTE – this open source project.
The key point about PIVOTE is that all the structure and information content of an exercise is stored on the web, not in the virtual world.
This means that it is easy to create, and then edit and maintain, courseware INDEPENDENT OF VIRTUAL WORLD. And since even structure and content are separate you can have the same exercise but with different levels of student information – from loads of help and structure for beginners, to minimal information and structure for assessment purposes.
From here you can download all the code you need to use PIVOTE to run your own courses in virtual worlds. From the location in Second Life you can download a starter set of objects, and the Controller, and you can of course create (and hopefully share) your own.
An overview of the PREVIEW project, featuring the newly rebuilt Cedars at Coventry University
All images are from Sheetalkavia’s Flickr