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Web Based Education In Parapsychology


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The powerpoint was put together for a unit meeting at the Division of Perceptual Studies at the University of Virginia. It included a 30 minute tour of various education builds in Second Life including a respiratory therapy class at the University of London sim, and the Jamestown and Powhattan Village builds on VSTE island. The AIPA Course link is not live as this course is no longer on the web. Otherwise all other links are live. The purpose was to make a justification for a use of Web 2.0 and virtual environments for education in scientific/academic paapsychology.

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Web Based Education In Parapsychology

  1. 1. Web-Based Education in Parapsychology Nancy L. Zingrone, PhD Division of Perceptual Studies January 19 th , 2010
  2. 2. The plan: <ul><li>Shift Happens: Why Education on the Web? </li></ul><ul><li>Why Parapsychology Education on the Web? </li></ul><ul><li>Informational websites </li></ul><ul><li>Online education definitions </li></ul><ul><li>History of online courses in the field </li></ul><ul><li>Current online courses and programs & the tools they use </li></ul><ul><li>Why virtual environments? </li></ul><ul><li>Second Life </li></ul>
  3. 3. Engage Me Education has changed since we were young. It’s not like this anymore: But maybe it hasn’t changed enough:
  4. 4. Shift Happens <ul><li> </li></ul>Are the “Engage Me” kids unusual or is the world really changing that fast? Here’s an answer …
  5. 5. Shift Happens <ul><li>Web-based resources are unparalleled and increasing: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Informational text-based websites </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Encyclopedias/Dictionaries/Bibliographic resources </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Themed information sites run by hobbyists </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Themed information sites run by academics, professional associations, hospitals, universities </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Blogs sites on every topic, of every depth </li></ul></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Shift Happens <ul><li>Web-based resources are unparalleled and increasing: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Informational video- / audio-based websites </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Themed photo tours (Flickr etc) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Streaming video (YouTube etc) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Streaming audio (Satellite radio etc) </li></ul></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Shift Happens <ul><li>Web-based resources are unparalleled and increasing: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Online courses and webinars, free and pay-per-view </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Virtual displays (Rome 2.0 etc, Google maps) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Virtual worlds (SecondLife, OpenSim, ReactionGrid etc.) </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>Advantages of web-based resources </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Access </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>For members, for everybody in theory </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Any time, anywhere in theory </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Disadvantages </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Access </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Dependent on capacity of servers holding info </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Dependent on speed/safety/price of internet providers </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Quality </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Dependent on knowledge level of content providers </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Dependent on info design/presentation </li></ul></ul></ul>Shift Happens
  9. 9. <ul><li>Why education on the web? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Shift application/registration procedures </li></ul></ul>Shift Happens So less of this And more of this
  10. 10. <ul><li>Why education on the web? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Shift course resources to the internet </li></ul></ul>Shift Happens So less of this And more of this
  11. 11. <ul><li>Why scientific parapsychology education on the web? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Our need is greater: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>VERY FEW on-site/face-to-face opportunities for graduate students/new researchers </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>No shared standardized curriculum </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Popular culture depicts our knowledge base even MORE INACCURATELY than that of other sciences </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Skeptical movement DENIES our right to establish ourselves as knowledge-providers for our own disclipline </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Our community is small AND already global </li></ul></ul>Shift Happens
  12. 12. Informational websites <ul><li>Parapsychology Foundation Lyceum Site </li></ul><ul><li>(free access) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http :// </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. Informational websites <ul><ul><li>The AZIRE Online Library </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>(free access) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. Informational websites <ul><ul><li>Lexscien Library of Exploratory Science </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>(subscription-based) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul>
  15. 15. Some definitions for web-based coursework <ul><li>LMS/CMS </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Learning management or class management system that provides a framework for the course schedule, resources and student/student – student/teacher interactions </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Synchronous </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Online course/class session that takes place in real-time through web-conferencing software </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Asynchronous </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Online course/class session that is available for student/teacher access at any time </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Blended/Hybrid Course </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Course that employs both web-based resources and face-to-face meetings on campus </li></ul></ul>
  16. 16. History of web-based courses in parapsychology: <ul><li>Dick Bierman’s University of Utrecht Course, 1994-2008: </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  17. 17. History of web-based courses in parapsychology: <ul><ul><li>The AIPA Course (1998): </li></ul></ul><ul><li>file :///C:/Documents%20and%20Settings/Owner.Gertrude/My%20Documents/AIPA/CURSO/hide/tabla.htm </li></ul>
  18. 18. Some current web-based courses: <ul><li>The Australian Institute of </li></ul><ul><li>Parapsychological Research </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  19. 19. Some current web-based courses: <ul><li>Caroline Watt’s course </li></ul><ul><li>at the University of Edinburgh: </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  20. 20. Some current web-based courses: <ul><li>The MSc at Coventry University: </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  21. 21. The AZIRE education program in development: <ul><li>The AZIRE Lecture Series </li></ul>
  22. 22. The AZIRE education program in development: <ul><li>The AZIRE Moodle Course: </li></ul><ul><li>http:// </li></ul>
  23. 23. Why virtual environments: <ul><li>Students learn more if they are immersed in the educational environment </li></ul><ul><li>Virtual environments are infinitely cheaper to design and maintain than physical environments </li></ul><ul><li>Potential students are limited by access to the environment and the languages they speak, but not by space or time </li></ul>
  24. 24. An introduction to virtual world education by Dr. Constance Johnson of the Duke University School of Nursing
  25. 25. University of Virginia in Second Life
  26. 26. The AZIRE in Second Life
  27. 27. The AZIRE in Second Life
  28. 28. The AZIRE in Second Life
  29. 29. The AZIRE in Second Life
  30. 30. The AZIRE in Second Life
  31. 31. The AZIRE in Second Life
  32. 32. And now for something completely different ….
  33. 33. UNC Achordants