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A keynote for the Virtual Worlds 2008 conference at the University of Stirling in October 2008.

A keynote for the Virtual Worlds 2008 conference at the University of Stirling in October 2008.

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    • Virtual worlds in education The A story so far…
    • My first positive experience
    • My inspiration…
      • arts place
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      • the grants call
      • bb shoes
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    • The snapshots so far
      • funded by the Eduserv Foundation
      • four so far:
        • June 2007
        • September 2007
        • May 2008
        • October 2008
      • strictly covering UK university and college activities only
      • started off being solely about Second Life use
      • lately moving into Second Life and other worlds
      • getting unwieldy; format may need to change
      thanks to John Kirriemuir for the content of the next few slides
    • Some things are changing
      • steady growth in usage (both in terms of individuals and institutions) – activity at well over 75% of institutions
      • more sources of funding
      • more teaching and learning
      • increasing acceptance by staff and students
      • growing interest in MUVEs other than Second Life
    • And some things aren’t
      • people still build virtual representations of campuses and lecture theatres
      • sceptics
      • little up-take in FE
      • few attempts to measure impact (or agreement about how to measure it)
      • people still want more time and more money to undertake their SL activities
    • Mentions in October 2008
      • three or less mentions each:
        • Olive
        • The Palace
        • Croquet
        • Metaplace
        • There
        • Neverwinter
        • Small Worlds
        • Active Worlds
        • Twinity
    • Mentions in October 2008
      • eight or more mentions each:
        • OpenSim
        • Wonderland
        • Metaplace
    • Virtual World Watch
      • Web: www.virtualworldwatch.net
      • Twitter: V_World_Watch
      • are you a UK academic doing “stuff” in virtual worlds?
        • submit your blog to the blogroll
        • fill in the next snapshot survey questionnaire
        • contribute a few screendumps to the Flickr picture pool
      • thanks – that also helps you publicise your work
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    • I think there is a real danger that as we ‘sanitise’ virtual worlds for use in education, we destroy the magic that makes them what they are
    • thank you