Jumping Virtual Hurdles Ren Reynolds Founder: the Virtual Policy Network
Virtual Policy Network <ul><li>Think tank dedicated to public policy implications of virtual worlds </li></ul><ul><li>Work...
Taxonomy <ul><li>Virtual World: super set of things that meet Bartle’s characteristics </li></ul><ul><li>Three (and a bit)...
Proposition <ul><li>When used in the appropriate context virtual world technology can enhance learning outcomes </li></ul>
I can see the problems!
Where are the solid cases and best practice?
Fear <ul><li>Parental fear </li></ul><ul><li>Student fear  </li></ul><ul><li>Fear of students </li></ul><ul><li>Fear of La...
Fear part 2 <ul><li>Not real </li></ul><ul><li>Just a Game </li></ul>
Fear part 3 <ul><li>Image </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Sex and shopping </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Last year’s fad </li></ul></ul>
Money <ul><li>Actual cash </li></ul><ul><li>Budget lines </li></ul><ul><li>Procurement processes  </li></ul>
Technology <ul><li>Choice </li></ul><ul><ul><li>SL </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Multiverse </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>WoW </...
Old maps uncharted waters <ul><li>Measuring </li></ul><ul><li>Collaborative techniques </li></ul><ul><li>Codes of conduct ...
Political Agenda <ul><li>Mixed messages </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Byron Review </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Child safe internet ...
Misc <ul><li>Logistics e.g. Teen Grid  </li></ul><ul><li>Hobby time - moving to  </li></ul>
<ul><li>Ren Reynolds </li></ul><ul><li>www.virtualpolicy.net </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>+44 7778 ...
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Ren Reynold's presentation from Eduserve/CETIS meeting 19 January 2009

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  1. 1. Jumping Virtual Hurdles Ren Reynolds Founder: the Virtual Policy Network
  2. 2. Virtual Policy Network <ul><li>Think tank dedicated to public policy implications of virtual worlds </li></ul><ul><li>Working with: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>BERR, COI, OECD etc. </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Taxonomy <ul><li>Virtual World: super set of things that meet Bartle’s characteristics </li></ul><ul><li>Three (and a bit) types: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Social world : No overarching ostensible game goal e.g. There.com, SL </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Kids worlds: Stardoll, Habbo, Webkins, Club Penguin, vMTV </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Game world : Game goals encoded into the artifact e.g. WoW </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Serious / Private / Corporate world : use of a platform such as Olive for training </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Proposition <ul><li>When used in the appropriate context virtual world technology can enhance learning outcomes </li></ul>
  5. 5. I can see the problems!
  6. 6. Where are the solid cases and best practice?
  7. 7. Fear <ul><li>Parental fear </li></ul><ul><li>Student fear </li></ul><ul><li>Fear of students </li></ul><ul><li>Fear of Law </li></ul><ul><li>Establishment </li></ul>
  8. 8. Fear part 2 <ul><li>Not real </li></ul><ul><li>Just a Game </li></ul>
  9. 9. Fear part 3 <ul><li>Image </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Sex and shopping </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Last year’s fad </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Money <ul><li>Actual cash </li></ul><ul><li>Budget lines </li></ul><ul><li>Procurement processes </li></ul>
  11. 11. Technology <ul><li>Choice </li></ul><ul><ul><li>SL </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Multiverse </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>WoW </li></ul></ul><ul><li>IT Support / firewalls </li></ul><ul><li>Professional Development </li></ul>
  12. 12. Old maps uncharted waters <ul><li>Measuring </li></ul><ul><li>Collaborative techniques </li></ul><ul><li>Codes of conduct </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Dress </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Race </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Language </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. Political Agenda <ul><li>Mixed messages </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Byron Review </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Child safe internet </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. Misc <ul><li>Logistics e.g. Teen Grid </li></ul><ul><li>Hobby time - moving to </li></ul>
  15. 15. <ul><li>Ren Reynolds </li></ul><ul><li>www.virtualpolicy.net </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>+44 7778 285 273 </li></ul><ul><li>Twitter etc /RenZephyr </li></ul>

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