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Beginner Level

Beginner Level

Hours to complete

Approx. 12 hours to complete

Suggested: 4 weeks of study, 3 - 5 hours per week. ...
Available languages

English

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Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.
Flexible deadlines

Flexible deadlines

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Beginner Level

Beginner Level

Hours to complete

Approx. 12 hours to complete

Suggested: 4 weeks of study, 3 - 5 hours per week. ...
Available languages

English

Subtitles: English...

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
Hours to complete
2 hours to complete

Avastart Here!

Introduction to the course, avatars, and attributes of avatars...
Reading
4 videos (Total 29 min), 5 quizzes
Video4 videos
Avatar: A Broad Scientific Definition6m
Avatar Attributes: From Attractive to Uncanny11m
Non-Digital Avatars4m
Quiz3 practice exercises
1.2 - What is an avatar?10m
1.3 - Avatar Appearances10m
1.4: Digital vs. Non-Digital, Traditional vs. Non-Traditionalm
Week
2
Hours to complete
4 hours to complete

Connections to Avatars

How do players connect with their avatars? How do players explore their identity through their avatar?...
Reading
4 videos (Total 25 min), 5 quizzes
Video4 videos
Avatars and the Self6m
Avatars and Identification/Customization7m
Identity Expression versus Exploration6m
Quiz2 practice exercises
Quiz 2.2- Identification, the Different Selves8m
Quiz 2.3- Avatar Identification and Customization15m
Week
3
Hours to complete
5 hours to complete

Gender, Race, and Other Traits

An avatar's physical features, including their race or gender, can feed into stereotypes or unfortunate implications. How can we design avatars to avoid common pitfalls? ...
Reading
5 videos (Total 46 min), 4 quizzes
Video5 videos
Choosing Avatar Gender5m
Race/Ethnicity of Avatars7m
Avatar Appearance and Identification12m
Avatar Movement and Control12m
Quiz2 practice exercises
Quiz 3.2- Sex and Gender 2m
Quiz 3.4 - Face, Hair, Voice, Gearm
Week
4
Hours to complete
4 hours to complete

Got any Change? Effects of Avatars

How do avatars influence their users even after the context of avatar use? How can you, as a designer, harness this power (for good, not evil)?...
Reading
2 videos (Total 14 min), 2 quizzes

Instructor

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Rabindra Ratan

Associate Professor
Department of Media & Information

About Michigan State University

Michigan State University has been advancing the common good with uncommon will for more than 150 years. One of the top research universities in the world, MSU pushes the boundaries of discovery and forges enduring partnerships to solve the most pressing global challenges while providing life-changing opportunities to a diverse and inclusive academic community through more than 200 programs of study in 17 degree-granting colleges....

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