Virtual worlds in education - a story so far

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A keynote for the Virtual Worlds 2008 conference at the University of Stirling in October 2008.

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Virtual worlds in education - a story so far

  1. 1. Virtual worlds in education The A story so far…
  2. 2. My first positive experience
  3. 3. My inspiration…
  4. 4. <ul><li>arts place </li></ul>
  5. 6. <ul><li>the grants call </li></ul>
  6. 7. <ul><li>bb shoes </li></ul>
  7. 15. The snapshots so far <ul><li>funded by the Eduserv Foundation </li></ul><ul><li>four so far: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>June 2007 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>September 2007 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>May 2008 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>October 2008 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>strictly covering UK university and college activities only </li></ul><ul><li>started off being solely about Second Life use </li></ul><ul><li>lately moving into Second Life and other worlds </li></ul><ul><li>getting unwieldy; format may need to change </li></ul>thanks to John Kirriemuir for the content of the next few slides
  8. 16. Some things are changing <ul><li>steady growth in usage (both in terms of individuals and institutions) – activity at well over 75% of institutions </li></ul><ul><li>more sources of funding </li></ul><ul><li>more teaching and learning </li></ul><ul><li>increasing acceptance by staff and students </li></ul><ul><li>growing interest in MUVEs other than Second Life </li></ul>
  9. 17. And some things aren’t <ul><li>people still build virtual representations of campuses and lecture theatres </li></ul><ul><li>sceptics </li></ul><ul><li>little up-take in FE </li></ul><ul><li>few attempts to measure impact (or agreement about how to measure it) </li></ul><ul><li>people still want more time and more money to undertake their SL activities </li></ul>
  10. 18. Mentions in October 2008 <ul><li>three or less mentions each: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Olive </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The Palace </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Croquet </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Metaplace </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>There </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Neverwinter </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Small Worlds </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Active Worlds </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Twinity </li></ul></ul>
  11. 19. Mentions in October 2008 <ul><li>eight or more mentions each: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>OpenSim </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Wonderland </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Metaplace </li></ul></ul>
  12. 20. Virtual World Watch <ul><li>Web: www.virtualworldwatch.net </li></ul><ul><li>Twitter: V_World_Watch </li></ul><ul><li>are you a UK academic doing “stuff” in virtual worlds? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>submit your blog to the blogroll </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>fill in the next snapshot survey questionnaire </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>contribute a few screendumps to the Flickr picture pool </li></ul></ul><ul><li>thanks – that also helps you publicise your work </li></ul>
  13. 28. I think there is a real danger that as we ‘sanitise’ virtual worlds for use in education, we destroy the magic that makes them what they are
  14. 29. thank you

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