Thursday, May 10, 2007

Panel Session

Chaired by Diana Laurillard and presenters joined by sara de Frietas.
SdF is doing more on games. She joined Uni of Coventry in a Serious Games role. Also working with Uni of Sheff on a Games project.
Q: To the uniformed 3D VWs are bad. There's a lot of bad PR too. How do we persuade our institutions to proceed?
Jim: More events like this will reveal the best side of SL. What isn't possible in RL but is in SL will make the difference.
SL to go open source on the server? - Jim: yes it will become an open source. (The simulator engine).
Q: A lot of this is not new.
Hamish: Pedagogies? Extending the LE type answer. People can select the way they want to engage.
Gilly: We're not trying to invent new pedagogies at Leicester. But a wider range of approaches. (Extending the LE again). We're aiming for a better student experience, not new peds. Transferability of peds. Educators do need evidence.
Q: It's exciting because it's accessible to non-geeks. It offers low barreirs to entry and plenty of opportunity for creativity. But, can we rely on the service.
Jim: Release of the client to open source should help. If you own a sim (land) LL is working towards allows you to postpone the regualr upgrade (and downtime) so that you can depend upon your event happening.
RR: For getting a feeling of co-location it really works in situations where it's not actually possible. I'd like to see what people accessing this event through SL have to say about the feeling of presence.
SD: The economy of SL is incompatible with the openness of SL.
SdF: Extending the LE agin. It's just one more opportunity for us.
Q: SL as a tool? It's interesting that it's a closed environment - and that's where the value is.
JS: The discussion about economy may be a red herring. There are lots of aspects to the potential of SL. I do think it will loook very different in the future.
SD: Britain can change its leaders, SL can't.
RR: We've already decided this is an accepted and powerful. The question is what we are going to do with it.
GS: We can shape tomorrow's VLE by editing this one directly.
SdF: SL isn't the be-all-and-end-all. There are lots of related tex.
JS: We've not got much to use by exploring, and potentially a lot to gain.

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Blogger Sarah Ward said...

I like the ambiguity of ' the uniformed..' - are these the academics in grey suits?

5:22 AM  
Blogger Brian said...

Often people worry about having student data and assessment information being stored (and backed up) outside of the university environment. Does SL host everything on their servers, or is it possible to run somethings of university servers?

7:46 AM  

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