March 31, 2010
Barry Fishman brought his EDUC222 gaming class into Second Life on Tuesday morning for the largest class yet held on Wolverine - around 70 avatars in two sessions!!
As if that wasn't enough, Barry had all his students use the new Beta browser, which was another adventure. While there were a couple small bumps along the way, it was surprisingly smooth, with engaged good natured students and a patient even-tempered guide. Barry was a real treat to work with and it was a lot of fun to see what these very new students in SL did with their avatars BEFORE the first class meeting. Creative folk, I tell you. It is going to be great to see what they do with their assignments. I hope they share their snapshots in Flickr as a group or tag so we all can see what they were up to.
March 21, 2010
VWBPE: University of Michigan Presence
The University of Michigan was well represented at the recent Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education conference held on March 12th and 13th.
Patricia F Anderson, also known as Perplexity Peccable, served on the program planning committee and moderated 4 panel presentations on healthcare education in Second Life, with two focusing on healthcare education and two focusing on accessibility and universal design for education in Second Life.
Marc Stevens, also known as Memetic Projects, presented on the Virtual First Responder elective he has been offering as an elective in the Medical School for the past couple years. More on that in a separate post, soon I hope.
Michele Aebersold and Dana Tschannen (aka Jaime Krimmer and Madeline Glaz) represented the School of Nursing, talking about their class using simulations to teach healthcare communication problem solving skills through role play. More on that is also forthcoming.
The University of Michigan - Dearborn was also present, represented ably by Bruce Maxim (aka BruceRobert Mizin) who created an interactive education "poster" presentation about their Campus of Hope initiative, using service learning to teach technical skills and reasoning through building resource about FoodGathers.
All in all a wonderful event, with rich information and resources for educators. HIghly recommended - try to save some time for this event next year, and plan to submit your work in SL or virtual world education.