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And Now a Normal Day

I get to do a lot of really cool stuff for my job. Yesterday, in addition to finishing a paper (see previous post), I accepted a very persuasive invitation from Gardner Campbell to attend his next big party, the 2006 University of Mary Washington Faculty Academy on Instructional Technologies. I will be following in the footsteps of Those Called Br*an (the one with the y and the one with the i both presented last year). It looks like an awesome event and I'm really looking forward to going.

I also had two business meetings in Second Life. No, really. My boss, who is a digital immigrant (don't get the reference? Here's the PDF) with all the right stamps on his passport, gave me a tour. The role-reversal was a little surreal, but I'm looking forward to working more in Second Life.

Today, on the other hand, is a perfectly normal day. . . so far . . .

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6 Comments

  1. Brian says:

    Rachel, you are going to have an absolute blast. It was one of the great highlights of my year.

    Do you know who other speakers might be, or is that still hush-hush?

  2. ninmah says:

    I’m gonna punt that one over to Gardner… I’m totally jazzed about it though, especially after reading what you guys had to say about last year’s!

  3. Gardner says:

    Stay tuned, dear listeners! :)

  4. Andy Rush says:

    We (Gardner and I) are so glad you are on-board for this year, and when you meet the rest of our DTLT crew, and our faculty, I have no doubt it will be memorable.

  5. So what do we think about SL vs WoW? I’ve been forced to delay full exploration of either due to bandwidth limitations, but I really want to dig into one or the other.
    What advantages does one have over the other, for the .edu world?

    The Mary Washington event is a delight.

  6. ninmah says:

    SL vs. WoW. Well, there are the aesthetic concerns, which I have been discussing at length with anyone who will listen, right up until I piss them off and they wander away. I think my “considered opinion” borders a bit on “harangue” so I don’t really blame them. Educationally speaking, WoW itself has very little educational application (unless you are willing to force it, a lot). However, I think the model of the engaging world, beautifully rendered (please note that I do not say “faithfully” or “realistically”), filled with content in the form of quests and puzzles, has promise. Too bad it’s so darn hard to make a world. As for Second Life, I think it’s easier to bring educational content into that universe, as it already exists. We’re just beginning to explore the possibilities, and at the moment it can feel like placing a VR veneer onto activities that can be done other ways (IM, shared workspaces, web pages); but I think there’s serious promise there too. I’m just starting to explore SL so I don’t know it as well as I know WoW, which hinders my engagement, but that will pass.

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