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Where next for virtual worlds?

On Monday I had the pleasure of presenting at the Eduserv ‘where next for virtual worlds’ workshop. Being asked to talk about the future gave me a nice opportunity to widely name-check a whole bunch of stuff and try and imagine how it might all tie into virtual worlds and learning environments a few years down the line. Since then it’s been full on marking and grading, just enough time to post this…

All of the presentations from the day are online at the Eduserv website. Most of these are in the form of embedded SlideShare presentations – though there is also a (slightly noisy) video of Ralph Schroeder’s presentation there. Hopefully other videos will follow. A wee note tho – if you are looking at John Kirriemuir’s presentation or my own, you’ll find a lot of extra supporting text and notes is only visible when viewing via the SlideShare website itself.

This is a bit of a problem with SlideShare embeds – it isn’t at all obvious when there is a lot of hidden extra content that you can only get via the SlideShare site itself.

(It also took me three attempts to get my slides to load up correctly without blank slides. And I’m not too sure why…)

As to the talks themselves… I enjoyed Ralph’s presentation – some good examples of the differences between high-end video conferencing, immersive virtual reality and virtual worlds and their strengths and weaknesses. His argument that there are two end states got a bit of a picking over on twitter afterwards.

Over on her blog, JISC’s Heather Williamson provides a summary of the day.

Forthcoming events – online and in-person

Details of a few forthcoming events relating to virtual worlds and education – online and in-person workshops through October and November. And closing with a new site keeping an eye on developments in virtual worlds for education…

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Eduserve Snapshot Report: UK Higher and Further Education activities in Second Life

John Kirriemuir has completed the lastest update to the series of Eduserv snapshot reports on UK educational activity in Second Life. It is now figured that 3/4 of the UK’s Universities are active (to some degree) in Second Life. You can get the whole report here, and read John’s summary below.

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