Tasks for May

Here’s a litte list, just so readers will realise why I am blogging infrequently or even not at all these past few months:

1) Finish writing a book chapter for the book “Multimodal Semiotics” – now we have the contract all signed, sealed and delivered this one should be quickly and painlessly written over the next few days.

2) This leads to 2) the conference paper Julia and I are sharing to produce a “teacher-focussed” paper for the New Literacies strand of the September Future of Literacy conference.

3) Following these I have a big chapter of Second Life Education to write for the edited volume I will be editing with my colleaguess, see info:

Identity, Learning and Support in Virtual Worlds

A Proposal for an Edited Volume
Co-editors: Sharon Tettegah, Craig A. Cunningham & Angela Thomas.

This book explores the educational use and implications of various virtual environments. We focus on the use of chat spaces, Web 2.0, 3D Web or object oriented web (Web 3.0), and virtual environment applications.

Introduction

The World Wide Web, Internet and other technologies continue to evolve. Emerging most recently are so-called “multi-user virtual environments” (MUVEs) such as virtual worlds, which transcend the static Web pages of Web 1.0 as well as the predetermined applications of Web 2.0 to provide e-ecologies with the capacity to immerse the user in a “place” that cuts across time and space and affords opportunities for communication, exploration, collaboration, shared inquiry, and both formal and informal learning. Through its chapters and tightly integrated Introduction and Conclusion, this book introduces the reader to these spaces, and the myriad possibilities they represent for the further evolution of education at the prek-12, post-secondary, and lifelong learning levels.

Our approach to this book involves reflecting on, “what does it mean to teach and learn within and with virtual environments? It means that we as learners are no longer engaged in one way interactions. Virtual environments have enabled us to be highly immersed in spaces that yield high social presence, constructivist learning, interactive problem solving, and surprisingly are still enjoyable. This book will be divided into three sections: Section 1 on identity, section 2 on learning and section 3 on community development and support.

4) An article for E-Learning I promised Sharon, who is editing this special edition with a focus on SL.

5) Preparation for the two key conference talks I’m delivering in May, and prep for numerous meetings with colleagues (some planned, some hoped for) with a view to consider possiple future joint project work with colleagues from the NMC and beyond.

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