Create World 2012
Helen Farley & Kate Reardon-Smith
Digital Futures-CRN
University of Southern Queensland
Sweet Success:
m...
Create World 2012
Digital Futures-CRN
• Collaborative Research Network (CRN)
- CRN partners: USQ, ANU & UniSA
- Federally-...
Create World 2012
DF-CRN Project 3
Investigating the impact of a web-based, ‘discussion-support’,
agricultural-climate inf...
Create World 2012
Climate risk management
Create World 2012
Create World 2012
Machinima
• Machinima … using virtual worlds to make films
Source: davisthomas.com.auSource: wired.com
Create World 2012
Second Life
• A virtual world
• User-created content & virtual
marketplace
Phil the Phoenix
Source: USQ ...
Create World 2012
Create World 2012
Virtual worlds & education
• Second Life as a teaching and learning medium
Source: SMH 2009
Source: USQ ...
Create World 2012
Source: stephanierguzman.com
Create World 2012
ACSC APN project - India
• Funded by the Asia-Pacific Network (APN)
• real-life climate-based scenarios ...
Create World 2012
• English scenario video
• Hindi scenario video
• Telugu scenario video
Create World 2012
APN project - India
• Well-accepted
• any synthetic video discussion-support tool must be
customised app...
Create World 2012
Sweet success –
developing machinima for Australian sugar farmers
• Set: ... a typical Australian sugarc...
Create World 2012
Sweet success –
developing machinima for Australian sugar farmers
Avatars ... sugarcane farmers
Create World 2012
Sweet success –
developing machinima for Australian sugar farmers
• Script: ... typical conversation des...
Create World 2012
Sweet Success - evaluation
• Potential to provide a relevant engaging technology rich
learning environme...
Create World 2012
Acknowledgements
• Team members:
PhD candidate: Neil Cliffe (ACSC, USQ)
Research Fellow: Kate Reardon-Sm...
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Sweet Success: Making Machinima to engage Sugarcane Farmers in discussions about climate risk

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Machinima is the art of using virtual worlds or games to make films. Second Life has proven a popular venue for the creation of machinima for a number of reasons including the ability of users to create custom content, the facility to reuse items made by other users, and the capacity to readily alter avatars and landscapes. Though this medium is used by budding film makers to create fictional pieces and simulated documentaries, educators and researchers have also been quick to spot the potential of this form. This paper reports on a project undertaken by the Australian Digital Futures Institute and the Australian Centre for Sustainable Catchments, both at the University of Southern Queensland, to use machinima to inform sugarcane farmers’ decisions around sustainable farming practices. Managing risk associated with climatic variability is a significant challenge for farmers. This project specifically explores the use of machinima to stimulate discussion amongst farmers around how to incorporate an understanding of climate risk into their decision-making. More broadly, it considers the potential of innovative, web-based, discussion support systems to contribute to improved decision-making by land managers, regional communities, policy-makers and civil society, leading to sustainable and resilient regional areas.

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Sweet Success: Making Machinima to engage Sugarcane Farmers in discussions about climate risk

  1. 1. Create World 2012 Helen Farley & Kate Reardon-Smith Digital Futures-CRN University of Southern Queensland Sweet Success: making machinima for sugarcane farmers
  2. 2. Create World 2012 Digital Futures-CRN • Collaborative Research Network (CRN) - CRN partners: USQ, ANU & UniSA - Federally-funded: $5.1 M over 3 years (2012-2015) - 5 projects (post doctoral research fellows, PhD scholarships) • DF-CRN sub-themes: - social and policy challenges in a digital future; - participation in higher education; and - technology rich learning environments.
  3. 3. Create World 2012 DF-CRN Project 3 Investigating the impact of a web-based, ‘discussion-support’, agricultural-climate information system on Australian farmers’ operational decision making • Project objectives - to enhance farm management decision-making around climate risk - to support sustainable (resilient) agricultural systems and rural communities • Project partners - Australian Centre for Sustainable Catchments (ACSC) - Australian Digital Futures Institute (ADFI) - ANU, UniSA & CANEGROWERS
  4. 4. Create World 2012 Climate risk management
  5. 5. Create World 2012
  6. 6. Create World 2012 Machinima • Machinima … using virtual worlds to make films Source: davisthomas.com.auSource: wired.com
  7. 7. Create World 2012 Second Life • A virtual world • User-created content & virtual marketplace Phil the Phoenix Source: USQ in SL (LindyMac, 2010) • Avatars can be customised & manipulated • Screen capture software – e.g. FRAPS • Recorded soundtracks
  8. 8. Create World 2012
  9. 9. Create World 2012 Virtual worlds & education • Second Life as a teaching and learning medium Source: SMH 2009 Source: USQ in SL (LindyMac, 2010)
  10. 10. Create World 2012 Source: stephanierguzman.com
  11. 11. Create World 2012 ACSC APN project - India • Funded by the Asia-Pacific Network (APN) • real-life climate-based scenarios depicted through 2nd Life avatars challenging participant farmers about on-farm decisions that involve seasonal climate risk. • Aim: to stimulate discussions at farmer-oriented internet kiosks in agricultural regions in India and on line with farmers and support staff. • 2nd Life/eLearning distance education methods trailed with farmers and farm advisers in Andhra Pradesh, India
  12. 12. Create World 2012 • English scenario video • Hindi scenario video • Telugu scenario video
  13. 13. Create World 2012 APN project - India • Well-accepted • any synthetic video discussion-support tool must be customised appropriately if this approach is to gain widespread uptake. • BUT ... issues with aspects not necessarily related to core climate and crop science: – farmers' dress – informal interactions within a discussion environment
  14. 14. Create World 2012 Sweet success – developing machinima for Australian sugar farmers • Set: ... a typical Australian sugarcane farm ... coastal mountains, Queenslander, shed, machinery, dog
  15. 15. Create World 2012 Sweet success – developing machinima for Australian sugar farmers Avatars ... sugarcane farmers
  16. 16. Create World 2012 Sweet success – developing machinima for Australian sugar farmers • Script: ... typical conversation designed to stimulate discussion about using climate information to make farm management decisions. • Machinima: Top Dingo • Link: Sweet Success
  17. 17. Create World 2012 Sweet Success - evaluation • Potential to provide a relevant engaging technology rich learning environment? • Readily adapted for different farming systems and locations by using culturally appropriate clothing, language and settings? • Able to be disseminated widely and cost-effectively? • Effectiveness as a capacity building tool? • Contribution to sustainable land management?
  18. 18. Create World 2012 Acknowledgements • Team members: PhD candidate: Neil Cliffe (ACSC, USQ) Research Fellow: Kate Reardon-Smith (ACSC, USQ) ACSC (USQ) researchers: Roger Stone, Shahbaz Mushtaq, Torben Marcussen, Tek Maraseni ADFI (USQ) researchers: Helen Farley, Joanne Doyle, Neil Martin DF-CRN collaborators: Janette Lindesay (ANU), Adam Loch (UniSA) Industry collaborator: Matt Kealley (CANEGROWERS) • Noel Jacobson & Amanda Hassett, Top Dingo ... www.topdingo.com/ This project is funded through the Australian Government’s Collaborative Research Networks program

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