2017-01-12 “New Year’s Resolutions”

Transcript of the Virtual Worlds Education Roundtable: January 12, 2017

Topic: New Year’s Resolutions


Sheila Yoshikawa: Hi everyone, and welcome to the Virtual Worlds Education Roundtable. We meet on Thursdays at 12 noon SLT for an hour. 8pm In UK, 3pm EST. VWER is a forum to educate and inform the community about issues that are important and relevant to education in virtual worlds. This is a public meeting, so we will be keeping and publishing a transcript. The transcripts can be found at http://www.vwer.org. The VWER continues to develop a community of educators from around the world. Please join the VWER group here in SL. If you are on Facebook, or Google+ please join our group there. Also find and post pictures to our Flickr group and follow us on Twitter @VWER. When you blog or tweet, please remember to include the tag #vwer. you can catch up on our tweetchat at #vwer.

Sheila Yoshikawa: I am moderating today. The topic for this week’s meeting will be: New Year’s resolutions for education!

Sheila Yoshikawa: Let’s start as we normally do and introduce ourselves. As usual we will be in text chat for the whole session.

Sheila Yoshikawa: So I teach and research at the Information School at the University of Sheffield, UK

Trixy Koray (janey.hatchuk): it must be exciting, Sheila

Birdie Newcomb: Birdie Newborn, survived another year

Sheila Yoshikawa: 😉 @Birdie

ThinkererSelby Evans (thinkerer.melville): Selby Evans blogger  Why high schools teach tolerance for boredom and what they can do about it.  http://virtualoutworlding.blogspot.com/2017/01/2016-edu-people-why-high-schools-teach.html

Beth Ghostraven: Beth Ghostraven, middle school teacher-librarian in RL and owner of the Book and Tankard Pub in Victoria City, Caledon in SL; Communications Chair for the VWBPE Conference; unofficial liaison between education groups in SL. For information on events for the educational groups that I work with, see the ISTE VEN Massive Open Online Calendar at http://venetwork.weebly.com/calendar.html ; Twitter: @booklady9

I’ll be taking photos to publish with the transcript; if you have any objection, please IM me.

Edward Tarber: Edward Tarber from Germany … computer scientist, IT entrepreneur, software architect, metaverse traveller … using virtual worlds for education, communication and collaboration … creating and running my own browser based virtual world platform called “cybaLOUNGE” ( http://www.cybalounge.com ).

LoCE Morpork (loce99ch8.morpork): Rosanna Brown, former California community college librarian with a continuing interest in virtual world education

Wisdomseeker (lissena): Lynne Berrett, owner of Inspiration Island and Whole Brain Health group; other SL groups: Community of Creative Elders; Adventures in Lifelong Learning. http://www.virtualwholebrainhealth.org; FB: Virtual Inspiration Island – 501c3= Ageless Mind Project.

preceptor Amat: Pat Franks, Master of Archives & Records Administration (MARA) coordinator and VCARA administrator as preceptor Amat

Marly (marly.milena): Niela Miller, MS Ed/Communications. Founder of Octagon:Creative Exploration and cofounder of Adventures in Lifelong Learning, both in SL.  Multi artist, educator, coach, Gestalt therapist

Trixy Koray (janey.hatchuk): Trixy Koray, paraprofessional at large, hoping for a library job, and a recent graduate from the University of Maine at Augusta

Ingel (devilingel): I am an educational technologist from Estonia

Ravelli Ormstein: Torsten from Germany, I’m a Quality Manager in the industry, so I have to teach employees from time to time. In the past I worked as a private music teacher and here in SL as Dean of Information at Caledon Oxbridge, you might know that. Currently, I take an English training in RL.

Sheila Yoshikawa: So the topic is “New Year Resolutions” – that is ones to do with teaching, learning, education – I think anywhere, not just virtual worlds. I’d like to start by asking: anyone decided to STOP doing something in 2017?

Wisdomseeker (lissena): LOL — good question Sheila

preceptor Amat: depending on a sabbatical application, may for fall 2017

Trixy Koray (janey.hatchuk): saying the word “UMM” during library interviews’

Sheila Yoshikawa: lol Trixy

Trixy Koray (janey.hatchuk): it’s not the most attractive thing said during interviews

Sheila Yoshikawa: @Trixy “stop flapping hands around in physical world” would be me, though saying ummm less in videos would also be good now I come to think of it

Birdie Newcomb: Slow down would better describe me this year

Sheila Yoshikawa: slow down – sounds good; do you think that will be feasible, Birdie?

Birdie Newcomb: Or maybe the world is just going faster than I’m used to (in the USA)

Trixy Koray (janey.hatchuk): wheee, let’s all go faster!!! Lol

Trixy Koray (janey.hatchuk): well…hmmm

Wisdomseeker (lissena): overextending myself?  thinking of new additions to what I am already doing? stop doing that

Sheila Yoshikawa: usually “say yes less” to things related to work is one of my resolutions, though it’s not always possible

preceptor Amat: Back to my first response, may stop working in SL for a term while on sabbatical.

Trixy Koray (janey.hatchuk): yeah that would be a good start

Sheila Yoshikawa: @Liss think our 2 things are similar

Wisdomseeker (lissena): yes

Trixy Koray (janey.hatchuk): what do you do, preceptor? in sl?

Birdie Newcomb: “Say yes less” I like that

Beth Ghostraven: wow, preceptor, if I took a sabbatical it would be to work *more* in SL

preceptor Amat: teach archives and records at San Jose State

Sheila Yoshikawa: @preceptor what will you be doing on sabbatical?

Wisdomseeker (lissena): except that I have to say less yes to myself

preceptor Amat: Ah, I wish more time for this but other projects need attention

Trixy Koray (janey.hatchuk): understandable

preceptor Amat: Hope I can find a student or two to carry on.

Sheila Yoshikawa: I have LOADS of pressure to write top ranked peer reviewed articles and work on research bids, so similarly I would be told to spend sabbatical on that – will get some in about a year….

preceptor Amat: I am working on 3 books (2 co-authored new and 1 revised sole author)

Trixy Koray (janey.hatchuk): ahhh i see

preceptor Amat: All are on records and archives

Sheila Yoshikawa: Actually I have also realised that I need to think of health more – particularly – more regular sleep – so I am having to look carefully at what I really have to do, what I really want to do, and what comes in between….

preceptor Amat: Prioritizing is important

Wisdomseeker (lissena): it is!

Sheila Yoshikawa: Books and chapters aren’t seen as important so much in the UK

Ravelli Ormstein nods

Marly (marly.milena): Gosh, folks, hope I don’t make anyone jealous, but I am doing exactly what I want to do, no more no less

Sheila Yoshikawa: and I find prioritizing difficult

Sheila Yoshikawa: @Marly that is great

Sheila Yoshikawa: it gives us something to aspire to

preceptor Amat: I am too — but I always want to do more:)

Wisdomseeker (lissena): I agree, preceptor

Sheila Yoshikawa: yes, I always get ideas of good things to do!

Birdie Newcomb: Ah, there’s always more to do…

Wisdomseeker (lissena): I get excited

preceptor Amat: Me too.

Wisdomseeker (lissena): which is a positive thing

Sheila Yoshikawa: Fortunately there are some things I HAVE to do that also excite me!

Wisdomseeker (lissena): and I wouldn’t want to give that up

ThinkererSelby Evans (thinkerer.melville): I am not dissatisfied with what I did last year so I have nothing to change

Wisdomseeker (lissena): :)) Thinkerer

Edward Tarber: same here … business as usual and trying to stay sane 😉

Sheila Yoshikawa: OK moving on are there things that people will just continue doing this year? Like Selby!

Marly (marly.milena): Selby, maybe as Octogenarians we have learned a few things along the way! LOL

ThinkererSelby Evans (thinkerer.melville): Marly– you are probably right

Sheila Yoshikawa: Things you have resolved – I really want to continue doing this!

Trixy Koray (janey.hatchuk): lol i know the feeling

Sheila Yoshikawa: tee hee, I have just another couple of decades to learn in, then

Beth Ghostraven: I’m going to continue to look for more people to guide into doing publicity for virtual world events

Birdie Newcomb: Frankly, it’s time for me to re-evaluate and/or re-direct

Trixy Koray (janey.hatchuk): hmmm…

Sheila Yoshikawa: I’m intending to still co-organise VWER!

Wisdomseeker (lissena): thank you, Sheila!!

Beth Ghostraven: thank goodness, Sheila!

Sheila Yoshikawa: lol

Trixy Koray (janey.hatchuk): looking to get presenters Sheila?

Sheila Yoshikawa: absolutely @Trixy

Trixy Koray (janey.hatchuk): ohhhh ok

Birdie Newcomb: That’s a big job. Glad you’re doing it and not me.

Sheila Yoshikawa: always alert for people to moderate, or to interview people, or give presentations

Trixy Koray (janey.hatchuk): wish i had a speaking voice

Sheila Yoshikawa: text chat is also good, I rather like it

Trixy Koray (janey.hatchuk): well it is…then there’s the huge job of actually presenting

preceptor Amat: Do you always use text chat?

Wisdomseeker (lissena): we are an easy group, Trixy

Trixy Koray (janey.hatchuk): nice

Birdie Newcomb: Will Ebbe be presenting this year?

Sheila Yoshikawa: @preceptor we do in VWER apart from when we have an interview or someone presenting

Wisdomseeker (lissena): don’t work too much at it

Trixy Koray (janey.hatchuk): i’ll think on it, right now i don’t have a rl job so i have some time

Wisdomseeker (lissena): the best time to share your ideas with us, Trixy!

Trixy Koray (janey.hatchuk): ok

Sheila Yoshikawa: time to re-evaluate, take stock, decide where you want to go – that’s important

Beth Ghostraven: Ebbe may be presenting at the VWBPE conference, Birdie, I’m not sure yet

Trixy Koray (janey.hatchuk): still have to share that second life in libraries proposal with you guys

Sheila Yoshikawa: always useful to hear what he says, even if it’s not very new

Trixy Koray (janey.hatchuk): ebbe?

Birdie Newcomb: how’s that work, Trixy?

Sheila Yoshikawa: @Trixy, yes that would be good!

preceptor Amat: We put in for an exhibit there (conference)–Marie Vans submitted on our behalf.

Beth Ghostraven: oh good, I’m glad

Sheila Yoshikawa: @Trixy Ebbe Linden, CEO of the parent company [of SL]

Trixy Koray (janey.hatchuk): oh, birdie, it was a final for a library class

Sheila Yoshikawa: oh actually his RL name is something else lol

Beth Ghostraven: Ebbe Altberg

Wisdomseeker (lissena): did you see what Linden is offering now in Beta?   Pages for our parcels and regions so we can become more visible

Birdie Newcomb: Pages? like ads?

Wisdomseeker (lissena): Pages on the Second Life website, free

Ravelli Ormstein: i hope he will announce something new this year, perhaps a weather system

Beth Ghostraven: has VWER put in an exhibit proposal for VWBPE?

Sheila Yoshikawa: no, Beth, perhaps we can talk after this?

Sheila Yoshikawa: SO

Trixy Koray (janey.hatchuk): it was a grant to get the gardiner public library incorporated in sl, and vice versa

Sheila Yoshikawa: I think I ought to move on again!! Anyone resolved to do something NEW in 2017 in the learning, teaching, education line?

Ingel (devilingel): We gonna do something new for us – an job interview simulation in SL with personnel students.

Beth Ghostraven: I’m doing a one-week course in board games, unplugged

ThinkererSelby Evans (thinkerer.melville): Kitely has provided web pages for our worlds since I went there in 2013

Beth Ghostraven: Ingel, that sounds like a good idea

Ravelli Ormstein: well, i just started an English course, it lasts three months

Sheila Yoshikawa: I am hoping to have a PhD student starting in September who is going to research something to do with SL

Beth Ghostraven: Hi Ramesh!

preceptor Amat: I’m developing one-credit courses that I need faculty to teach–one on Digital Forensics for Archivists to run 4 weeks for 1 credit next fall. Any ideas for people to contact?

Sheila Yoshikawa: so I’m looking forward to that

Beth Ghostraven: Come on in and sit with us!

Prof Ramesh Ramloll (moriz.gupte): Hello Beth

Wisdomseeker (lissena): maybe they got the idea from Kitely, Think

Sheila Yoshikawa: @preceptor – could you say more about digital forensics?

Trixy Koray (janey.hatchuk): did all the libraries go to kitely?

Sheila Yoshikawa: @Ravelli – where is the English course based?

Ravelli Ormstein: Sheila, in Germany, but is directed by the LCCI, London Chamber of something…

Sheila Yoshikawa: @Ingel I agree that’s interesting – I think people have set up those type of scenarios before? I seem to remember the open University having something like that

preceptor Amat: When materials are submitted to archives on old disks, floppies, computer hard drives, need a way to see what is there (what is donated and what should not be included). Need to find a way to read what is there.  Then to bring it in to the archive in a way others can access.

Sheila Yoshikawa: @preceptor very needed nowadays

Marly (marly.milena): I am interested in Valibrarian’s efforts to include creative activities as part of her library venue (like the art-music one I did, and the Dickens project).  I am hoping to do more with that, Also collaborating with Bajoy on combining theatre, symbolic modeling and storytelling

Ingel (devilingel): yes we have done scenarios in the classroom, but now we try to do it in virtual as students were interested about that

Sheila Yoshikawa: I think I ought to resolve to get more involved in the library side in SL – or to bring my information literacy interest together more with libraries….

Trixy Koray (janey.hatchuk): i am in one of those groups

preceptor Amat: Are any of you teaching a course in SL?

ThinkererSelby Evans (thinkerer.melville): Virtual libraries may be the new schools

Trixy Koray (janey.hatchuk): yeah

Sheila Yoshikawa: @Trixy asked “did all the libraries go to Kitely” – I think the answer is “no” but there aren’t as many as there were?

Birdie Newcomb: Let me put this out there. I’m looking for material for a book: how high-schoolers can psychologically transition into college (where they begin to make important life decisions). Any ideas, send me a note.

Wisdomseeker (lissena): I expect to teach a course on brain training through Rockcliffe

ThinkererSelby Evans (thinkerer.melville): And we do have libraries in Kitely

Trixy Koray (janey.hatchuk): hmmm

Sheila Yoshikawa: @Birdie you know about the “first year experience in higher education” literature & conferences?

preceptor Amat: Are the libraries in Kitely used by students/researchers?

Marly (marly.milena): Since most of my teaching and learning, these days, takes place in SL, I am always interested in finding collaborators to work on projects that involve creative processes, arts-based learning, and psychology

Marly (marly.milena): Also, working with Namaara periodically re climate change activities using builds et al

Birdie Newcomb: Tell me more, Sheila

Trixy Koray (janey.hatchuk): well, i think it is useful if the high-schoolers go right to college after graduation

ThinkererSelby Evans (thinkerer.melville): Birdie — I suggest roleplaying  for transition prep — Play the role of college student

Sheila Yoshikawa: one of my best friends has done a lot of stuff on the first year experience (wrote a book, but not free) but I can give you some websites etc

Wisdomseeker (lissena): you play a big role on Inspiration Island too, Marly   🙂

Trixy Koray (janey.hatchuk): has anyone reached out to the young adults in sl?

Marly (marly.milena): Did you all see the survey that Rockliffe sent out this week?

Sheila Yoshikawa: @Trixy, interesting question, not sure the situation NOW

Sheila Yoshikawa: @Marly, no don’t think I did

Ravelli Ormstein: ehm! i opened the survey’s page so far, but have not found the time to read it

ThinkererSelby Evans (thinkerer.melville): Can’t identify young adults in SL

Beth Ghostraven: Trixy, you should plan to come to the ACRL meeting this Sunday at noon in SL – the topic is Future of Librarians in Virtual Worlds (Metaverse Libraries)

Ravelli Ormstein: Beth, that would be of interest for me as well

Trixy Koray (janey.hatchuk): true

Beth Ghostraven: oh fer pete’s sake, clicked the tp button by mistake [there is a minute or two of chat missing here]

Trixy Koray (janey.hatchuk): maybe do something to attract them?

Trixy Koray (janey.hatchuk): oops

Ravelli Ormstein: Beth??

Marly (marly.milena): I found it difficult since I am not an academic with an external student body outside of SL so it wasn’t very pertinent for me.  However, I am very interested in the potential of virtual worlds especially for older people, at this point.

Sheila Yoshikawa: @Trixy I think that’s been Linden Lab’s aim for years, though it annoys me rather in that I think they could be more explicitly thinking about the needs/wants of people with a wider age range

Trixy Koray (janey.hatchuk): right

ThinkererSelby Evans (thinkerer.melville): You could only find young adults that self-identify if they do it in a known place — such as joining a group called Young Adults In SL,

Sheila Yoshikawa: @Beth if you have a note about Sunday’s meeting – you could drop it on anyone who is interested – the one about future libraries?

Trixy Koray (janey.hatchuk): in years back you had teen sl…and if you were an educator, you had your work half done for you

Sheila Yoshikawa: @Selby and somehow you feel that if young adults joined a group like that …. hmmm it would seem a bit sad

Sheila Yoshikawa: I mean one called “Young Adults of SL” – I’d think it was a euphemism for something

Birdie Newcomb: Teen Grid was a joke. But there were some smarties there — Daniel Voyager was already doing his stuff.

Sheila Yoshikawa: yes @Trixy

preceptor Amat: I’m thinking of my 15-year-old grandson. He thinks SL is interesting but would rather be spending time with sports, gaming, or just hanging out.

ThinkererSelby Evans (thinkerer.melville): I have that meeting sort of on my schedule, if I can make it.  I am writing about that topic in my blog about 1 time a month

Trixy Koray (janey.hatchuk): smart grandson

Marly (marly.milena): When Liss and I started Adventures for Lifelong Learning,we hoped it would be a teaching/learning venue for elders.  It has been difficult to grow this community although both of us have done a LOT of outreach

preceptor Amat: Smart mother (my daughter in law)

Trixy Koray (janey.hatchuk): yay for her.

preceptor Amat: 🙂

Beth Ghostraven: (I’m going to share a notecard about the library program; if you don’t want it, please just discard it)

Prof Ramesh Ramloll (moriz.gupte): Marly what do think was the main challenge, technology or interest?

Ingel (devilingel): I have several SL friends here who are older than 55 and they do music here or build something. Last year we had a sad time as one of them passed away and he wanted to be his last moments here with his virtual friends. So from my experience this virtual word helps them a lot, to not feel lonely

Marly (marly.milena): Technology, priorities, time availability, fear

Sheila Yoshikawa: @Ramesh for me it wasn’t either technology or interest, it is priorities and time availability

Ravelli Ormstein: very true, Ingel

Trixy Koray (janey.hatchuk): right

Marly (marly.milena): We have done a lot to provide support, a buddy system, a self-guiding orientation center.  I did a big newspaper interview. Liss has hit many organizations and conferences.

Wisdomseeker (lissena): the experiment I did in the fall, using an IT student to help a senior come in, went well. I am continuing it in the spring @Marly and Ramesh, and work locally to help more seniors come in

Sheila Yoshikawa: One non-educational thing I’ll continue to do in SL is wander round by myself, shopping, exploring, looking at my virtual cats – I find that alone time in SL is therapeutic

Prof Ramesh Ramloll (moriz.gupte): Thanks for sharing, the challenges seem familiar

Marly (marly.milena): That’s great, Liss!

Trixy Koray (janey.hatchuk): i had a few friends in my group have significant others pass and they wanted to be in sl with their friends

Sheila Yoshikawa: @Liss excellent

Wisdomseeker (lissena): I have seen that too, Trixy

Trixy Koray (janey.hatchuk): yes sheila

preceptor Amat: Ah, virtual cats–I had not thought of that.  We lost ours 2 years ago and my husband swears no more. I miss her.  May look into a few virtual ones.

Sheila Yoshikawa: the kittycats are very cute, very well animated

Birdie Newcomb: do they have cat personalities?

Trixy Koray (janey.hatchuk): ahhh, perceptor there are many many things you can do in sl

ThinkererSelby Evans (thinkerer.melville): I live in an old folks home–with them I have to discuss what day it is.  I really need virtual worlds.

Sheila Yoshikawa: (kittycats is a brand)

Trixy Koray (janey.hatchuk): i have lots of dogs in my inventory

preceptor Amat: Where do I find one?–Oh, look for kittycats in the SL store?

Wisdomseeker (lissena): We now have nearly 30,000 prims on our sim so I would like to use them well — what are other people doing?

Prof Ramesh Ramloll (moriz.gupte): We are currently trying to redesign the web browsing experience in virtual worlds. Hopefully that would provide some incentives to function within in environments such as this one.

Wisdomseeker (lissena): that will make it much more appealing, Prof

Sheila Yoshikawa: @preceptor I will drop you the landmark

Trixy Koray (janey.hatchuk): ahhh you have a big job

preceptor Amat: Thanks, Sheila

Marly (marly.milena): What HAS worked really well is co-running a monthly group for almost a year now on the theme of Vulnerability. This is for people already here. But I can imagine luring  RL people with particular interests for specific programs/ Julia Mossbridge came in some months after I did an orientation with her to address a special interest group and she wants to do more (she is the distance learning director of IONS- Institute of Noetic Sciences).

Sheila Yoshikawa: @ramesh that is an admirable resolution for 2017

ThinkererSelby Evans (thinkerer.melville): Soon you can browse right into a virtual world

Prof Ramesh Ramloll (moriz.gupte): We have a prototype running, we hope to release soon

preceptor Amat: That would make it so much attractive to busy students.

Beth Ghostraven: yes, Ramesh, that sounds like it would be popular

Prof Ramesh Ramloll (moriz.gupte): We are trying to merge social bookmarking etc… into the virtual browsing experiment and allow instructors to create 3D virtual libraries on the fly

Beth Ghostraven: wow!

preceptor Amat: Nice.

Ingel (devilingel): What kind of experiences you have with other virtual worlds, like OpenSimulator, Digiworldz etc?

Sheila Yoshikawa: @Liss I  have now got a sky level (one of the really good sky scenes, that covers the whole sim) and going to do a better exhibition area

Wisdomseeker (lissena): oooh, Sheila! great idea

Prof Ramesh Ramloll (moriz.gupte): We are in opensim currently, Kitely more specifically

Trixy Koray (janey.hatchuk): I spend so much time in sl that i neglect others like InWorldz

ThinkererSelby Evans (thinkerer.melville): I have been in OpenSim worlds since 2013

Ravelli Ormstein is in OpenSimulator too

preceptor Amat: I have been in Open Sim, InWorldz, and Kitely but no time to really get involved.

Trixy Koray (janey.hatchuk): hmm i have not tried that one

Prof Ramesh Ramloll (moriz.gupte): It is not easy to get involved in so many grids

Beth Ghostraven: me too, as well as sine.space and Minecraft :o)

Sheila Yoshikawa: Having that library visit @Beth did make me think I should venture outside SL more; not sure if that is a full blown resolution though

ThinkererSelby Evans (thinkerer.melville): I am Selby Evans in Kitely — I have sandboxes and available space.  Drop by and we can talk.

Trixy Koray (janey.hatchuk): beth,i have never tried minecraft before

Wisdomseeker (lissena): so many worlds, so little time

Beth Ghostraven: ooh, it’s really habit-forming, lol

preceptor Amat: Exactly Wisdomseeker

Sheila Yoshikawa: indeed @Liss

Trixy Koray (janey.hatchuk): i know i know

Ingel (devilingel): my kid is so fond of Minecraft 🙂

Sheila Yoshikawa: Yes, Minecraft is also on a list to revisit, I haven’t ventured in for about 2 years

Beth Ghostraven: plus it gives me a lot of street cred with the kids at my school, lol

preceptor Amat: That’s always good.

Trixy Koray (janey.hatchuk): i saw a couple of kids in the library i was interviewing at wrapping up a Minecraft session

Beth Ghostraven: There’s a Minecraft MOOC starting up now–https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/112993649763396826671

Trixy Koray (janey.hatchuk): ohhhhhh!!! thank you!!!

Sheila Yoshikawa: thanks @Beth

Trixy Koray (janey.hatchuk): i’ll put it to good use…i like gaming

Beth Ghostraven: a lot of the teachers in it are ELL teachers, but it’s for all educators

Ingel (devilingel): thanks, seems interesting

Sheila Yoshikawa: at the moment I seem to be seeing quite a few “surely MOOCs are dead” posts on various social media etc. but I think it’s more that they are finding their place

preceptor Amat: I have a class teaching SharePoint and Preservica (digital preservation) so I have presented on that. It is hands-on cloud based software. But no gaming or virtual worlds involved.

Prof Ramesh Ramloll (moriz.gupte): Are there anyone among you still publishing in academic forums? about edtech etc..or have an interest in doing research things

Wisdomseeker (lissena): like what, Prof?

Sheila Yoshikawa: well I and my students do research ….. in terms of SL specifically the only thing at the moment is me examining my professional practice in SL

Prof Ramesh Ramloll (moriz.gupte): I was thinking along the lines of ethno based approaches for evaluating teaching etc..

Trixy Koray (janey.hatchuk): hey thats all good perceptor…i like archiving and genealogy as well

Wisdomseeker (lissena): good research on the benefits of virtual worlds helps support funding requests

preceptor Amat: No–nothing like that

Beth Ghostraven: I’m not associated with a university, but I write for VEJ (the Virtual Education Journal)

Sheila Yoshikawa: I always have a couple of masters students, each year, that I can lure into investigating games and information behaviour, usually MMORPGs

Wisdomseeker (lissena): which I am focusing on this year

Prof Ramesh Ramloll (moriz.gupte): Well if there is any interest, I can make environments available for evaluation etc…

Sheila Yoshikawa: I’ve got rather into autoethnography

Trixy Koray (janey.hatchuk): is there a link to that beth?

Beth Ghostraven: VEJ = http://virtualeducationjournal.com/

Prof Ramesh Ramloll (moriz.gupte): I’ll be happy and open to provide infrastructure and tools

Sheila Yoshikawa: thanks! one of the benefits of VWER is making connections!

preceptor Amat: I have a research team focusing on the use of social media in government–moving into phase 2 on citizen involvement.  Fun but again–not much virtual about it except for tools they use.

Trixy Koray (janey.hatchuk): yes, of course Sheila

Prof Ramesh Ramloll (moriz.gupte): One of our challenges is that we churn products at a reasonably high speed, we wish we had more time to write about them, and evaluate them the proper way.

Sheila Yoshikawa: @preceptor some of my colleagues in the iSchool focus on research into social media of various kinds, e.g. for health, in political crises etc.

preceptor Amat: So true Prof.

Sheila Yoshikawa: FOR THE LAST 5 MINUTES

Sheila Yoshikawa: any resolutions

preceptor Amat: Yes, I’ve been doing this since 2009, sok ind ofold hat.

Trixy Koray (janey.hatchuk): not much room to mull it over in the mind, eh?

Sheila Yoshikawa: that VWER should make!

Sheila Yoshikawa: What do you think VWER’s resolutions should be for 2017!

Wisdomseeker (lissena): I see that VWBPE is oen to OpenSim presenters too?

Beth Ghostraven: Ramesh, have you thought about presenting at VWBPE?

Sheila Yoshikawa: @Beth it sounds like you think one resolution should be a proposal to VWBPE!

Prof Ramesh Ramloll (moriz.gupte): I hope to but am afraid of commitments … again because of huge time constraints on my end. I train emergency preparedness folks … and they are paying clients, and the incentive to publish has taken a back seat.

Trixy Koray (janey.hatchuk): i see

preceptor Amat: I can understand that, Prof.

Beth Ghostraven: Here’s the link for VWBPE proposals: https://vwbpe.org/conference/vwbpe17-legacy-call-for-proposals

Beth Ghostraven: that’s for exhibits and machinima, too

Birdie Newcomb: I always appreciate at VWBPE the looking back and looking forward, as if “progress” is being made.

Trixy Koray (janey.hatchuk): thank you

Prof Ramesh Ramloll (moriz.gupte): When i was in academia proper, the incentives to present and publish had direct rewards.

preceptor Amat: True — that’s why I do it (or one of the reasons)

Prof Ramesh Ramloll (moriz.gupte): Now that I am squarely in a private sector … those don’t seem to matter to investors

Trixy Koray (janey.hatchuk): I’ve never done machinima before

Sheila Yoshikawa: different pressures in private sector and academia – but obviously still pressures!

preceptor Amat: Sorry to leave the group.  have another online meeting at 4. Nice to meet you all–and to see you again  Beth.

Prof Ramesh Ramloll (moriz.gupte): Definitely

preceptor Amat: Eastern part of the us.

preceptor Amat: Bye

Sheila Yoshikawa: Thanks everyone!

Beth Ghostraven: you too, Pat!

Sheila Yoshikawa: We are just coming up to the hour

Sheila Yoshikawa: final thoughts

Trixy Koray (janey.hatchuk): see you late

Prof Ramesh Ramloll (moriz.gupte) whispers: It was nice to see you all. I came back into SL after 8 years 🙂

Birdie Newcomb: Seems like our group is growing again…

Beth Ghostraven: wow, Ramesh, welcome back!

Prof Ramesh Ramloll (moriz.gupte): 🙂

Sheila Yoshikawa: I hope everyone will make a resolution to drop in on VWER when they can ;-))

Prof Ramesh Ramloll (moriz.gupte): 🙂

Ingel (devilingel): Thank, and goodbye 🙂

Sheila Yoshikawa: So – we will be here same time next week

Wisdomseeker (lissena): You and Kali do a great job of leading us, Sheila. Thank you for your dedication-and may it continue 🙂

Sheila Yoshikawa: thanks @Liss

Trixy Koray (janey.hatchuk): i definitely will

Beth Ghostraven: Yes, thank you, Sheila!

Sheila Yoshikawa: and thanks everyone for contributing


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