WWI Sim in Second Life

A colleague and I explored a Second Life destination dedicated to sharing the poetry and history of WWI.  It included various stops along the way to listen to audio and watch slide shows. It was very well done. My colleague observed that as an observer, it didn’t feel immersive to her and that she was doubtful that even as a participant that it could stand alone to convey the depth of tragedy and the context…

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A SLap in the face

Dear Linden Labs, It is often a struggle to convince administrators, policy makers and educators that virtual worlds in general and Second Life in particular are valuable resources for education. Educators I know have worked in their own time, fought the battles with IT to unblock ports and find a reasonable space and afterward, even if they get results, they STILL have to keep on struggling to gain recognition for their work. In short, making…

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Learner-centric learning and people we don’t know

I’ve been researching virtual worlds for Education.au’s Immersive Learning Unit and had an aha moment this morning in between hitting the snooze button on my N95 that I wanted to commit to pixels before it faded away in the morning routine. The issue of risk management in virtual worlds as with so many other virtual spaces stems from the fact that there are people there we don’t know. Would closed-off virtual worlds created within a…

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Notes from the Virtual Worlds Best Practice in Education conference

Disclaimer: this is a loo-oong post – TOO long really. I wrote it largely for me – to get my thoughts down before lack of sleep corrodes my memory. If you hate reading on-line :  here’s a link to a PDF: http://kerryj.com/documents/KerryJ-notesfromVWBPEconference.pdf Just coming down from the Virtual Worlds Best Practice in Education conference. Held Friday, Saturday, Sunday Second Life time there was a great range of sessions, largely in traditional conference settings over several…

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