Idaho State virtual world finalist for bioterror training challenge

Idaho State University's "Play2Train" Second Life application has been named by the U.S. Army Simulation and Training Technology Center as a finalist in its inaugural Federal Virtual Worlds Challenge.

The application is meant to enhance both the skills and knowledge of health care professionals in meeting the emergency response and public health demands that would follow acts of bioterrorism and other incidents.

Play2Train has been produced by Rameshsharma Ramloll, a research assistant professor of the Idaho State University Institute of Rural Health.

“My co-workers and I are very honored that we have received this award,” Ramloll said in an ISU press release. “Our success in this endeavor shows that in spite of obstacles, we can sometimes transcend them and achieve notable things.”

Idaho State University's program was one of nine finalists in the Government/Government Contractor category and was placed among the top three in the Government/Government Contractor stream's "skill building" category. Nine other finalists were named in the Non-Government category.

Play2Train works as a 3D virtual environment where learners separated by geographic means, subject-matter experts and other content builders can collaborate in immersive learning experiences for emergency preparedness, health care and the educational services industry.

Launched in August 2009, the Federal Virtual Worlds Challenge is meant to reach a global development community in the exploration of innovative and interactive training and analysis solutions in virtual worlds.