CEIAG In Virtual WorldsMichael LarbalestierProspects Services Ltd<br />
Virtual Worlds<br /><ul><li>Online community
Users represented as avatars
Computer simulated environment
Can use or create objects
Can interact with others</li></ul>http://www.flickr.com/photos/ivanwalsh/<br />
Virtual work experience developed by Learning & Teaching Scotland<br />
Why Virtual Connexions MK?<br />Advisers not making best use of technology<br />Young people want us to use web 2.0 tools<...
The Brief<br />Browser based – no large download<br />2D accessible version<br />Reach more young people<br />Friendly, fu...
What can young people do here?<br />Explore different rooms<br />Consume/Contribute video, audio and images<br />Join live...
What can advisers do here?<br />Greet visitors & engage proactively<br />Review visitor’s prior chat/activity logs/files<b...
Demo<br />Virtual Reception                     PA Room                          Radio Station<br />Training Fair         ...
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Careers Education Inromation Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) In Virtual Worlds
Online 3D virtual worlds are becoming increasingly popular with teenagers. Can this technology be harnessed to deliver CEIAG in new ways? A case study of Virtual Connexions MK – a 3D environment for teenagers in Milton Keynes to make contact with advisers online.

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  1. 1. CEIAG In Virtual WorldsMichael LarbalestierProspects Services Ltd<br />
  2. 2. Virtual Worlds<br /><ul><li>Online community
  3. 3. Users represented as avatars
  4. 4. Computer simulated environment
  5. 5. Can use or create objects
  6. 6. Can interact with others</li></ul>http://www.flickr.com/photos/ivanwalsh/<br />
  7. 7. Virtual work experience developed by Learning & Teaching Scotland<br />
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  12. 12. Why Virtual Connexions MK?<br />Advisers not making best use of technology<br />Young people want us to use web 2.0 tools<br />Connexions services don’t reach everyone<br />With web 2.0 can reach more young people<br />Maybe it will cost a little less....<br />
  13. 13. The Brief<br />Browser based – no large download<br />2D accessible version<br />Reach more young people<br />Friendly, fun but safe<br />Relevant information <br />Technology familiar to young people<br />Build user confidence<br />Easy to build rooms and change content<br />
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  15. 15. What can young people do here?<br />Explore different rooms<br />Consume/Contribute video, audio and images<br />Join live workshops<br />Play CV game / Update CV<br />Play Infiniteams team development game<br />Chat & share files with adviser<br />Download logs of chat and activities<br />
  16. 16. What can advisers do here?<br />Greet visitors & engage proactively<br />Review visitor’s prior chat/activity logs/files<br />Guide to rooms and content<br />Offer IAG via chat session <br />Push content for live groups<br />Facilitate radio/video content generation<br />Assess needs in a different way<br />
  17. 17. Demo<br />Virtual Reception PA Room Radio Station<br />Training Fair Assessment Room MK College Room<br />CV Maze game University Room Job Cafe<br />
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  24. 24. Challenges<br />Record levels of youth unemployment<br />Advisers lack web 2.0 skills<br />Professional belief that FACE TO FACE is best<br />Worries about child safety<br />Bandwidth<br />Accessibility – how far to go?<br />
  25. 25. Thank you<br />Michael Larbalestier <br />Please visit www.virtualconnexionsmk.co.uk<br />Free blogs & twitter online course at:<br />michaellarbs.wordpress.com (Click course index)<br />This presentation: slideshare.net/larbal<br />Email: michael.larbalestier@prospects.co.uk<br />Blog: careerswork20.blogspot.com<br />
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