Where next for virtual worlds? The Theatron 3 project<br />Mark Childs<br />London Knowledge Lab 25th January 2010<br />
The THEATRON 3 project<br />Theatron 3 website and final report at http://cms.cch.kcl.ac.uk/theatron/<br />Overview of pro...
The THEATRON 3 project<br />Theatron 3 website and final report at http://cms.cch.kcl.ac.uk/theatron/<br />Overview of pro...
Teaching and learning<br />Has it now been demonstrated that virtual worlds have a value in learning and teaching?<br />If...
Technical barriers at SL<br />Is improving, but still causes issues.<br />What changes still need to be made?<br />If we w...
Technical barriers at institutions<br />http://theatron.wikispaces.com/ITS+health+check<br />If some can pass this test, w...
Cultural barriers<br />Is the “student as consumer” idea going to kill educational research?<br />Will the cultural opposi...
Usability of Second Life<br />Is it really that bad?<br />Will we stick with SL? <br />What alternatives will there be?<br...
Students’ responses to SL<br />To what extent do we respond to, facilitate the inclusion of, overrule the opinions of, acc...
Is it worth it?<br />Employing IVWs in education will continue to be an area of disruption<br />Challenging IT departments...
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A presentation by Mark Childs at the Where next for Virtual Worlds in UK higher and further education event held in London in January 2010.

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    1. 1. Where next for virtual worlds? The Theatron 3 project<br />Mark Childs<br />London Knowledge Lab 25th January 2010<br />
    2. 2. The THEATRON 3 project<br />Theatron 3 website and final report at http://cms.cch.kcl.ac.uk/theatron/<br />Overview of project in Prezi at http://prezi.com/n2zckq0rwv3v/<br />More info at http://theatron.wikispaces.com/<br />Anyone can book a theatre at http://theatron.betatechnologies.info<br />Look at some of these experiences and consider how these inform the debate on the future development of virtual worlds<br />London Knowledge Lab 25th January 2010<br />
    3. 3. The THEATRON 3 project<br />Theatron 3 website and final report at http://cms.cch.kcl.ac.uk/theatron/<br />Overview of project in Prezi at http://prezi.com/n2zckq0rwv3v/<br />More info at http://theatron.wikispaces.com/<br />Anyone can book a theatre at http://theatron.betatechnologies.info<br />Look at some of these experiences and hope that these inform the debate on the future development of virtual worlds<br />London Knowledge Lab 25th January 2010<br />
    4. 4. Teaching and learning<br />Has it now been demonstrated that virtual worlds have a value in learning and teaching?<br />If not, what is there still left to do?<br />If yes, will a particular role be more likely to be adopted? As a platform for remote delivery, simulating the real, experimenting with the virtual?<br />London Knowledge Lab 25th January 2010<br />
    5. 5. Technical barriers at SL<br />Is improving, but still causes issues.<br />What changes still need to be made?<br />If we were to provide a wishlist to LL what would be on it?<br />London Knowledge Lab 25th January 2010<br />
    6. 6. Technical barriers at institutions<br />http://theatron.wikispaces.com/ITS+health+check<br />If some can pass this test, why not all?<br />“Good” IT depts lead, follow or get out of the way, these seem to be in the minority<br />Can this change? What needs to happen to make this change? Can IVWs survive if it doesn’t change?<br />London Knowledge Lab 25th January 2010<br />
    7. 7. Cultural barriers<br />Is the “student as consumer” idea going to kill educational research?<br />Will the cultural oppositions change?<br />Or will IVWs (or the way we interact with them) change to accommodate these oppositions?<br />Will these cultural issues force IVWs to always remain on the peripheries or can they become mainstream?<br />London Knowledge Lab 25th January 2010<br />
    8. 8. Usability of Second Life<br />Is it really that bad?<br />Will we stick with SL? <br />What alternatives will there be?<br />What would an IVW for learning, teaching and research (and performance) look like?<br />What will we lose in moving to it?<br />London Knowledge Lab 25th January 2010<br />
    9. 9. Students’ responses to SL<br />To what extent do we respond to, facilitate the inclusion of, overrule the opinions of, accommodate the feelings of, safeguard:<br />Those who do not experience embodiment<br />Those who dismiss the virtual<br />Those who see play as trivialising education<br />Those who are offended by the behaviour of others inworld (or aren’t aware of rules)<br />London Knowledge Lab 25th January 2010<br />
    10. 10. Is it worth it?<br />Employing IVWs in education will continue to be an area of disruption<br />Challenging IT departments and institutions<br />Challenging students with abnormal environments and transgressive behaviour<br />Challenging roles and professional identities<br />Those are good things<br />Bring it on<br />London Knowledge Lab 25th January 2010<br />
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