This post is my immediate feedback from the event at the University of Sunderland yesterday, details of which are here.
A great opportunity to find out more about Virtual Worlds, the issues involved and how best to use them. Also some excellent advice about how to help those in your organisation wishing to exploit VWs – i.e. do’s, don’ts, and how-tos [Enough abbreviations already – Ed.].
I met some really interesting folk, but was perhaps too busy with the technology to meet more people – there was a big turn-out, maybe 100 people+.
The following is a list of my live-blog posts for your convenience:
- John Kirriemuir keynote – Learning in Virtual Worlds Conference
- At Creative Arts in Second Life session with AngryBeth Shortbread
- Real Needs – Virtual Solutions
- The Legal Aspects of Virtual Worlds
- Virtual Worlds in Education – Keynote
I would like to record my sincere thanks to Paul Miller and Terry Docking of RSC Northern, who are e-Learning Advisors. They loaned me a laptop yesterday at very short notice so I could get on the University’s wireless network to live blog the sessions. Very impressive assistance and ongoing support from these guys – well done & thanks!
I will be updating the posts so there is a brief preamble so readers can find out about the live-blog without having to click on the Cover It Live player.
I have found at SXSW, and now at this VWs conference, that Live-blogging seems to be a surprisingly useful and interactive medium. I had comments yesterday in real time.
I also think that the combination of Blog, Twitter, and Cover It Live works well – perhaps with more notice, I would get more feedback. Thinking as I write this, perhaps it would be sensible to post before an event to say what I’m doing and how people can get involved. I also need to find out more re the CiL tool to get the most out of it.
Finally, a brief mention of why I was there: I have a historic interest in Virtual Worlds, and wrote a paper two years ago about the business opportunities for my previous employer in this area. So, it was a great chance to dip my toe in the waters again, and nice to see there is genuine interest, and a goodly-sized set of successes. :-D