Guide for Teachers in the VRoma Learning Environment

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There is a new class of administrators in the VRoma Learning Environment, the Teacher class. Any person who is teaching classics-related content, at whatever level, may apply for a Teacher character by writing directly to the wizard Reficere; VRomans who already have a lower-status character may apply for an upgrade. This guide is written for this new class of administrators and assumes familiarity with both the Quick Start Guide and the Guide to Building and Creating Objects in VRoma, particularly the explanation of how to select the language in which VRoma speaks to you. Information that appears in either of those guides will not be repeated here.

Build Yourself a VRoma Office

The first thing new teachers should do is to create their own space in the Officina district of VRoma in the form of a personal office. Consult “Building and Editing Rooms” in the Builder's Guide for instructions on how to create and decorate your office. The one exception to these instructions involves the connection for your office; do not choose the Portae Somni but rather select the appropriate Officina corridor based on the first letter of your real last name (not your VRoma character name).

Create VRoma Characters for your Students

screenshot of Create New Players window

The most important new power of the teacher class is the ability to create new VRoma logins for your students and to put them in groups that will make it much easier to manage administration and communication. To begin this process, click Admin in the menu frame, which will open an Xpress Administration editing window. Select the new players tab, and type a list consisting of the students' full names followed by their email addresses, one person per line (see screenshot at right). Select one option in the drop-down list labeled Make them. Do not select guests (not enough capabilities). Your two viable choices are the following:

After you have selected the class of player, more options will appear in the editing window. We strongly recommend that you create a group for your students by checking the checkbox and typing in a group name. This will make it very easy to subscribe them to a discussion forum, to send them emails, to make them shared owners of an object, etc. Give the group a descriptive name (such as the name of the class you are teaching); if you need to create another player later to add to this group, you can use the option Attach this group /attach players to an existing group.

At this time you also have the option to create a room especially for your student group by checking the checkbox and typing in a name for the room. This room will belong only to you if your students are mail-receiving players, but they will be shared owners of the room if they are builders. If your students are builders, you will also see an option here to create a room for each of them which each will own and have as his/her “home.” You may do this now if you wish, but it is not really recommended, since your students will probably prefer to create their own rooms in the Portae Somni district. If you do create a room for the group, be sure to check the connect checkbox and choose your office as the connecting room.

We do not recommend that you make any alterations in the defaults for Miscellaneous settings or Password Options, but be sure to check the box marked Send passwords to these new users. Finally, click the Do it! button and the new players, group, and rooms (if you have chosen this option) will be created. The next page will show a list of the new players, including their object numbers and passwords; you should use the print button at the bottom of this page so you will have a record of all the passwords in case the students lose their password emails.

Managing Players

Once you have created players, you have the ability to send them new passwords if they have forgotten theirs, to email them individually or as a group, to make some editing changes, to put them into groups, or to upgrade, merge, or delete them.

Special Educational Rooms

screenshot of a sample EduCenter

These will be found in your list of possible objects when you select the create tab in the Inventory Manager.

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Special Educational Objects

Mail Options

Teachers have the ability to add a “signature” to all email messages they send from within the MOO. Click on Preferences in the menu frame and then select the Mail Options tab. Type or paste the information you want to include in your email signature into the box labeled Mail Signature, and your emails will have a more professional appearance.

Subscribe to the Teachers Forum

Everyone with a VRoma Teacher character belongs to the Teachers Group and is eligible to subscribe to the Teachers Forum. We strongly encourage you to subscribe to this discussion list, where you can post questions or suggestions and discuss common concerns with other teachers using the VRoma Learning Environment. Reficere will also use this forum to announce new VRoma teaching resources such as games and activities.

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