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    Calltoarms 101117 Calltoarms 101117 Presentation Transcript

    • A Call to Arms Education and Virtual Worlds
    • Today's (only) Question Is there an appetite amongst UK (and global) educationalists to take control of their own destiny in the use of virtual worlds?
    • Timescales
      • What do we need in the short-term?
      • What do we need in the medium-term?
      • What is our long-term goal?
    • Assumptions
      • We don't have the capacity (or desire) to build our own VW technology – we want to make use of what is there
      • VW technology will continue to evolve – better graphics, more avatars, in-browser operation etc
      • We like the nature of a truly shared space
      • Any solution:
      • MUST use open source standards (c.f. HTML/HTTP)
      • SHOULD use open source software (c.f. Apache vs IIS)
      • MUST allow suitable protection of children, but MUST allow cross-age working if required
      • MUST operate either side of a firewall, i.e. our servers or hosted servers
      • SHOULD/MUST support hyper-griding
      • MUST NOT depend on any (one) commercial company and SHOULD/MUST be distributed
    • Funding
      • Assumption: We do not have enough funding to do all this (esp med/long term) organically
      • Question: Do we want to try and create a national project on the lines of the NZ Virtual World Grid?
      • Question: Can we build a consortium with common goals/interests to approach high-level funders, even in the current climate?
      • Question: Do we have enough evidence to convince the (funding) sceptics of the value of virtual worlds?
    • Moving Forward
      • Do we want to meet regularly in a virtual space?
      • Do we want to meet physically early in 2011?
      • Do we need Terms of Reference/Governance etc? If not now, when?
      • Do we need a name (and logo and website etc)?