Return to CALL resources page
Next visit, start at and GO to netword "esl_home"

MOOing and Chatting

A MUD is a Multi-User Dungeon (or Dimension), where each player interacts with others by means of his or her avatar controlled from each user's remote terminal. A MOO is a MUD, Object Oriented, wherein the interaction space is more graphically depicted. This concept has lent itself well to language learning as well as teacher conferencing.

For information:

To retrieve documents giving general postings on MOOing and on technical aspects, respectively, copy the following and paste it as the body of a message (without a signature) and send it to:

get listproc/neteach-l MOOTEACH /fun

get listproc/neteach-l MOOTECH /fun

This was posted to Neteach by Lonnie Turbee in June, 1998

The Fall MOO Conference co-sponsored by the University of Hartford and DU Educational Technology Services, Inc. should be of interest to educators from all disciplines. If you are planning on attending, we encourage you to register now. That may be done from the web page at:

If you cannot attend, we would appreciate it if you would spread the word to your academic colleagues. This conference is appropriate for people who have never used a MOO before. The web page at:

describes the conference for people who are not familiar with the MOO environment. You can also enter DU and type @mailme #24334 to receive a text copy of the information as email.

Dale Pobega has a zine/site, IO --- the first issue is about Mapping MOOspace .... In that article, I talk about the use of Palace software and its potential as well as AlphaWorld and its robotic avatar oriented environment.

Lonnie Turbee writes: "Cold Paradigm. It's a MOO-like environment which has bit-mapped graphics (photos, in this case) and audio (music which plays while you're using it). You can click on the graphics for navigation (something like Myst), or you can click on the blue compass point words in the spawned window. You can also click on any URL that you see or write to open a web page in your browser. Cold Paradigm is currently a role-playing game, but allows for social interaction as well. Most MOO commands work, except that you don't use the @ sign. There is currently no way to page, but you can use the "out of character" channel to broadcast (type: ooc <message>). You need to use the Pueblo client, and only on a PC (sorry, mac!). You can download this for free from Within the client, set the address to: 5555 Currently you can create your own character and password upon login.

Lonnie Turbee has recently made a career change, but you can find her latest directions in Multi-user Virtual Environments (MUVEs) at her "language educator" website: (June 1999)

From Melinda Gleeson, " number of people replied to my anguished cries for help re: an effective connection to schmooze. Thought I'd post their software suggestions in case any one else is in the same situation.

1. Simple MU
2. MudWin
3. ZMud

I downloaded SimpleMU and she's working beautifully."

Other Telnet Client Software

David O'Reilly "really likes" Zmud,


Pueblo -
Avplay -

Here's are a couple of MOOs

For Schmooze, Nick Varey informs us via TESLCA-L: you need to have a telnet application installed AND Navigator has to know about it - you do this by clicking "Options", then "General Preferences", and finally the "Apps" tab (in Navigator Gold, anyway)

You can use any telnet client you want. People have already mentioned some - I myself use a freeware application called Ewan which is readily available on the web.

When you get to scMOOze you have to login - type "connect guest" (no quotes) and follow the instructions. Yoshi's introduction (a link on the Home Page) will also help you to get started.

If you don't have a telnet client installed yet, you can go to the Home Page and click on "Use WID". This will allow you to stroll around schMOOze but you won't be able to talk to anyone. (Yoshi's introduction also has information and help on finding a telnet application).

To which Deborah Healey replies: "The TechTip for November ( has step-by-step suggestions for getting into SchMOOze, as well as links to great pages like Yoshi's. This month's tip (December) at is about how to use SchMOOze in the classroom. ... On Windows machines, I use MudWin as a client. It's shareware, but it works reasonably well."

The Yoshi referred to above isYoshi Awaji. MUDDweller is available at his website:

"The Pyramid Riddle is an adventure story about pyramids and kings in ancient Egypt.Participants are asked to move around a set of rooms and manipulate objects in order to solve the riddle. My aim is to research collaborative learning in Text-Based Virtual Realities -Moos. ... For more information about the project and how to participate, you can look at:" - Aric Ben-Hiim

Chat Places

 More about "chatting"

Bridge Technology

From 27 Jun 1999 Neteach-l posting by Lonnie Turbee "Bridge technology allows a number of people, up to 150 depending on the size of the bridge, to all call one number and participate in a class (the average class is under 20 participants, but special guest lectures could use the larger bridge). This means that access to the class costs only as much as a long-distance phone call.

Given the difference in audio quality on the Internet and via telephone, I think this is a fabulous way to do live interactive audio work in a distance class, at least until the bandwidth catches up with language teachers' needs for top-quality audio interaction. It is also very low-cost to the person providing the class. This is *not* what telephone companies market as conference calling. If you would like further information on this, you can contact Don Edberg, a CoachU teleclass leader, at You might also look at his description of what a teleclass is at: "

Viewed since December 15, 1997:

Use your browser's BACK button to return to a previous page

For comments, suggestions, or further information on this page, contact Vance Stevens, page author and webmaster.

Last updated: July 3, 1999