The UWA experience will feature in a special session of the SLanguages Conference 2011,'Educational Success Stories in Virtual Worlds'. SLanguages is the 5th annual symposium focusing on language learning in virtual worlds and game-based learning taken place in Second Life.
(FOLLOWING TEXT TAKEN DIRECT FROM THE AVALON LEARNING SITE - WITH THANKS TO HEIKE PHILP/ GWEN GWASI)
Do you have a success story to tell? Our panelists certainly do. Jay Jay Jegathesan (Jayjay Zifanwe) of the University of Western Australia runs an awesome digital arts exhibitions helping hundreds of students to express their technical expertise and playfulness giving them a rocket start into using virtual worlds. Dr. Undine Frömming [Augenblick Winkler] has received awards and recognition at the University of Berlin for her successful visual and media anthropology class. David Richardson, [Davric Rinkitink] for having taught some 700 students from around the world English and encouraged them to tele-collaborate with Dr. Bryan Carters Metanomics students in New York.
But it is not only success stories that interest us. Sometimes we learn more from failures than from success.
Do YOU also have a success story to tell? Do YOU want to relate an educational story about success AND failure in using virtual worlds?
Bios Jay Jay Jegathesan [JayJay Zifanwe] is manager of the School of Physics at the University of Western Australia (UWA). He is also the founder of the UWA presence in 3D virtual space (Second Life, Google Earth, etc.). Winner of the 2008 Google Earth ‘Build your Campus in 3D’ Challenge and shortlisted into the top 10 for the 2010 Linden prize, Jay Jay and his team have been driven by expanding the focus on Teaching, Research, Art & Architecture in Virtual Worlds.
Dr. Undine Frömming [Augenblick Winkler] Augenblick is Junior Professor at the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology at Freie Universität Berlin, Germany. She is the head of the Master Program in Visual and Media Anthropology. contact: fromming[at]zedat.fu-berlin.deHomepage M.A. Program : http://www.master.fu-berlin.de/visual-anthropology/
David Richardson [Davric Rinkitink]is a Junior Lecturer in English at Linnaeus University, based in Kalmar in south-eastern Sweden. He has been teaching English for over thirty years, twenty of which have been spent teaching at Swedish universities, but he has also taught in countries as diverse as Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Angola and Trinidad and Tobago. David has been using ICT to deliver courses since 1981 and he currently uses technologies and programs such as Adobe Acrobat Connect Pro, Moodle and Second Life on active courses. He was a member of the original Kamimo Islands Project in 2007 (a Norwegian-financed project which has created two educational island environments in Second Life) and has been teaching Linnaeus University’s course in spoken business English there each term since Spring 2008.