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
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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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