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  • 1. A Call to Arms Education and Virtual Worlds
  • 2. 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?
  • 3. Timescales
    • What do we need in the short-term?
    • What do we need in the medium-term?
    • What is our long-term goal?
  • 4. 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
  • 5. 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?
  • 6. 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)?