We want to hear from you!
Phase 2 development of VSim is now underway, thanks to a Digital Humanities Implementation Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. If you’re using VSim, we want to hear from you. Please send constructive comments to project co-director Lisa M. Snyder. Most useful would be thoughts on the overall concept of the software, suggestions for improving the functionality of the key features, and suggestions for new features.
VSim facilitates the real-time exploration of highly detailed, three-dimensional computer models in both formal and informal educational settings. This NEH-funded software addresses the greatest challenge for building knowledge through use of three-dimensional computer models by providing scholars and educators the mechanism to explore, annotate, craft narratives, and build arguments within the 3D space – in essence, facilitating the creation of virtual learning environments that can be broadly disseminated to educators and learners across grade levels and humanities disciplines.
Beyond real-time interaction with three-dimensional content, the software offers two critical functions for academic use of interactive computer models: the narrative section that allows users to create linear presentations within the virtual space (think PowerPoint or Prezi within a three-dimensional world), and the embedded resource section that allows users to embed within the virtual space annotations and links to primary and secondary resources about the modeled environment.
The VSim software, sample files, user documentation, and a test ‘publication’ featuring the real-time Digital Karnak model are available on the VSim Downloads page.
Posted March 18, 2015: Digital Karnak (a presentation of Digital Karnak by Elaine Sullivan and Lisa Snyder captured through WebEx; the initial ~42 minutes is a basic presentation, followed by ~30 minutes of discussion)
Posted March 19, 2014: VSim_TheMovie (a 12 minute video piece that illustrates VSim’s key features)
FAQs and known bugs are described on the VSim FAQs page.
PIs for the VSim project are Institute for Digital Research and Education technologists Drs. Scott Friedman and Lisa M. Snyder. The Phase I development team included Dr. Elaine Sullivan, and computer science graduate students Eduardo Poyart, Franklin Fang, and XinLi Cai. Computer Science graduate student Sam Amin is leading the Phase II development. VSim is funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.