Last month I learned that an application for funding for a research project I proposed was successful! It is a grant of $52,000 from the University of Sydney and the project title is: Innovative Pedagogy in Virtual Worlds.
I am working with colleagues from a number of other faculties on the project - medicine, pharmacy, engineering and arts. Our focus is on developing rich immersive spaces and researching with a cross section of students from each faculty. Each faculty will be focussing on a discipline specific pedagogy (simulation, case study etc…) and I of course am focussing on storytelling and role-playing.
I have ordered some islands from Linden Lab, and have been working on the design brief, ethics applications and a whole lot of other admin things (i.e. getting the University approval to use logos and crests in a digital environment) to get started. Its all very exciting. I am thrilled to say that the NMC (New Media Consortium) will be working on some parts of the build and after my experience with them working on Macbeth last year, I just cannot wait to get started in production with the new build.
My little slice of the build is again a literary experience. The image above is a clue to the storyworld I will be developing. Any guesses?