The Past, Present, and Future of Virtual World Education VWBPE Conference 2012 University of Washington Certificate in Virtual WorldsClass of 2009 Renne Brock-Richmond- Avatar Zinnia ZauberClass of 2010 Valerie Hill, PhD – Avatar Valibrarian GreggClass of 2011 StylianosMystakidis- Avatar Stylianos LingClass of 2012 Gail Hayes- Avatar Leela Thoreau
UW Certificate in Virtual Worlds:4 Years of Interdisciplinary Learning
Valerie Hill, Ph.D.Avatar: Valibrarian Gregg School Librarian Professor LIS Virtual Librarian & Educator
The Future of the Librarythe Learning Commons http://www.designboom.com/weblog/cat/9/view/19265/helen-hard-vennesla-library-and-cultural-center.html
The Library of the PastLearners have always used the library as aspace to find the best resources. Where arethe best resources now? (In the sea of chaos) Augmented
Traditional“hierarchy” of knowledgeSearching strategies Content formats
The “Google” Generation http://www.flickr.com/photos/utnapistim/73429019/ “If it’s not online, it doesn’t exist.” Ferriero, 2011 http://blogs.archives.gov/aotus/?p=3684
Transmedia and the Learning Commons http://www.flickr.com/photos/futileboy/3026065024/sizes/m/in/photostream/Too much information is just as bad as too little.
Digital Life• Participatory culture of information• Digital citizenship• Information literacy (transliteracy)• Internet is like “a book made of sand” (Barlow &Leston, 2012) The “library” is more important than ever- whether physical, virtual, or augmented.
References• Barlow. A. and R. Leston. (2012). Beyond the Blogosphere: Information and Its Children. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, LLC.• Carr, N. (2010). The shallows: What the internet is doing to our brains. New York: W.W. Norton & Co.• Ferriero,David S. (2011). AOTUS National Archives• Gleick, J.(2011). The information: A history, a theory, a flood. Pantheon.• Turkle, S.(2011). Alone together: Why we expect more from technology and less from each other. New York: Basic Books