Reflections, ramblings and rants about using 2.0 apps, especially virtual environments, in my LCC classes.
Friday, May 11, 2012
Leading the masses into virtual worlds
On 5 April 2012, I had the privilege of being interviewed by Chris Robinson (Georgia Gwinnett College, SL: Grizzla Pixelmaid) at the Virtual Worlds Education Roundtable for their once-a-month voice event. I originally had some concerns about being able to fill an hour talking about my work in Second Life, but apparently I'm more longwinded that I picture myself! We talked about how I came to find myself teaching in Second Life, much of which I've covered (and obviously will continue to explore) here in this blog. Lots of excellent questions from the group about virtual worlds, virtual presences, students, orientation, Open Sim vs. SL, and sex. Where else will you hear about strip clubs just blocks away from Lansing Community College?
If you're interested in finding out what's going on with educational innovation, especially regarding immersive virtual environments (both bleeding-edge and more mundane, like what I do), and want to spend some time with outstanding professors, teachers, grad students, IT guys and gals--and even administrators (you don't know how generous I'm being after just now decompressing from three days of administrator-mandated "professional development" days!!!) from all over the globe, you should stop by on Thursdays from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 a.m. SLT (Pacific Time) at the VWER amphitheatre on the BGSU Community sim: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/BGSU%20Community/114/123/28. A more welcoming group of avatars you'll never find!
I teach writing--first year composition, creative writing, and the novel--at Lansing Community College, Lansing, MI. I also teach online, using Second Life as a virtual 3D space to meet with students for full class, small group and one-on-one sessions.