Mainstreaming Virtual World Learning Colloquium
A report on a recent colloquium of educators in virtual worlds. And some suggestions for making more use of the affordances of virtual worlds
The Empty Classroom
- Saturday, December 1, 2018 - 9:00 AM to 2:30 PM
- We weren't in a conference room. We were comfortably at home.
- Nevertheless, we were meeting with two dozen colleagues.
- This Colloquium was a week before OSCC (Open Sim Community Conference).
- How can people afford the time and money go to 2 meetings in a month?
- Mainstreaming Virtual World Learning Colloquium
- Where can you hold a time-spread convention?
- Program and video link (TBD)
- Colloquium reprise at OSCC
- About the colloquium
- Unconventional conventions
Where can you hold a convention a time-spread convention?
- In a virtual world (MUVE).
- No travel cost. No travel time. No carbon footprint.
- Less than 30 seconds to get there from anywhere.
- All we did was show pictures and talk to each other.
- Which is all we would do in a colloquium of the old-fashioned kind.
- We could have one of these meetings every quarter--or even weekly.
- Don't ask me why we do it this way.
- My question is why do people still do it the old way.
- Unconventional thinking about conventional conventions in the virtual worlds
Program and video link
- -- Central Time –
- 9:00 – 9:15 a.m. Welcome - Kay McLennan, Tulane University
- 9:15 – 9:45 a.m. Rachel Umoren, University of Washington
- 9:45 – 10:15 a.m. Eileen O’Connor, SUNY Empire State College
- 10:15 – 10:45 a.m. Joyce Bettencourt, Nonprofit Commons
- 10:45 – 11:15 a.m. Barbara Truman, University of Central Florida
- 11:15 – 11:45 a.m. Andrew Stricker, Air University
- 11:45 – 12:15 p.m. BREAK
- 12:15 – 12:45 p.m. Cynthia Calongne, Colorado Technical University
- 12:45 – 1:15 p.m. Valerie Hill, Community Virtual Library Database
- 1:15 – 1:45 p.m. Crista Lopes, University of California-Irvine
- 1:45 – 2:30 p.m. Questions & Audience Discussion Period
- Note that the presentations were 30 minutes:
- 20 minutes talk, 5 minutes QA, 5 minutes intermission.
Colloquium reprise at OSCC
Colloquium: talking together
- We talk together all the time in virtual worlds (MUVEs)
- HG address:
- cc.opensimulator.org:8002:OSCC Expo Zone 3
- Put the HG address in the Find bar of your world map. Click Find, TP
- Get a landmark when you are there.
Like poster presentations
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- Each Colloquium presenter has booth at OSCC .
- Joyce Bettencourt: Nonprofit Commons
- Cynthia Calogne: Colorado Technical University
- Valerie Hill: Community Virtual Library Database
Each presenter has a poster place
- Presenters could provide relevant web links.
- Crista Lopes: The University of California, Irvine
- Kay McLennan: Tulane University
Presenters could offer
- Andrew Strcker: U.S. Air Force - Air University
- Eileen O'Connor: Empire State College (SUNY)
- Empire State College (ESC) Virtual Residency (applied practice)
Many universities are represented
- Barbara Truman: The University of Central Florida, or UCF
- Rachel Umoren: The University of Washington
A model for unconventional conventions
- Online means: No travel time. No travel costs.
- Allows more frequent meetings. Don't wait a year to catch up.
- Meet more often, have shorter meetings. Use the location.
- The internet, the browser, the resources of the web.
- This model should sell on cost-effectiveness alone.
- Not to mention low carbon footprint and redefining "disability."
Plan for a floating conference on education in virtual worlds
- The conference meets 48 weekends for one hour.
- Getting there is as easy as turning on the television--and much more interesting.
- Eight universities sponsor six weeks each.
- The conference creates its own blog from presentations, proposals, etc.
- Proposals are in the form of executive summaries posted in the blog.
- Selection is made by the sponsoring university.
- These are poster presentations of 15 minutes each.
- Presentation: 6-10 minutes, remainder is QA.
- Presenters can return later to present more.
- Presentations are captured on video and posted promptly.
- Poster presentations: Language of the previous century for the oldsters.
- The information is presented in posters (web pages in the modern era.)
- The posters are out in advance (Posters =MOAPs in the modern era)
- The presenter has a scheduled time for a summary and QA session.
Video capture and posting
- Video capture is done by sponsoring university.
- Each presentation is captured and posted separately.
- The presentation and QA may be separated for shorter videos.
- Post the videos on the conference blog in the week following.
Could the products here be considered peer reviewed?
- Only if we are prepared to be even more unconventional.
- We do have plenty of people who would qualify as peers.
- We do have videos. We could ask peers to volunteer to review.
- We might ask those who want peer review to submit a text copy.
- That is a bit more conventional. We would not ask for something on paper.
- That would be too old-fashioned.