Thanks to the wonderful Jokay, I was invited to be a keynote speaker at the NSW Learnscope “Go Virtual” conference today. There were about 20 participants actually in Wollongong, where the conference was held physically, and another 30 or so participants attending from inside Second Life. Apart from a few technical issues (and these seem to be surprisingly minimal really – just tricky getting voice working and in synch with no delay or feedback) it went very well.
My talk was titled Play and Identity in Digital Spaces, and I combined the material from about three of my previous talks and four or five different papers. I want to especially thank Jazzydee and Achariya for dropping in and contributing stories about their avatars!
Later in the day, I was also involved in a panel discussion about leverages the affordances of Second Life for education. Panelists included:
- Jo Kay, Freelance Design, Facilitation and Virtual Worlds Consultant
- Sean FitzGerald, Independent Researcher, Consultant, Trainer and Presenter
- Angela Thomas, University of Sydney
- Alan Levine, Vice President, NMC Community and CTO, NMC: The New Media Consortium
- Nick Noakes, Director, Center for Enhanced Learning & Teaching, Hong Kong
Here’s a nice shot of CDB and I after the panel discussion. CDB is coming to Australia next month!!! He’ll be doing a lecture tour and meeting up with people interested in using Second Life for education, so if anybody wants to meet up with him (and me!) in Sydney let me know :)
(Thanks to Jokay and Alan for images)
PS: I’ve been writing a paper the last couple of weeks, and preparing this conference talk, and doing a hundred other tasks, including some extra and unexpected teaching, so the blog has suffered!