Tuesday, May 20, 2008

How People Learn - Dr Betsy Weiner Presenting

Went to Dr. Weiner's presentation at Vanderbilt Nursing School today and it was WONDERFUL! Remarkable use of Second Life as a Web 2.0 teaching tool! It focused on Disaster Preparedness training, but was a subset of talking about various methods of how people learn (what domains).

Besides the How People Learn Powerpoint, there are two demonstrations I will do today in class: (online example of the use of How People Learn in the Online modules for Emergency Preparedness) (a virtual reality example of Emergency Preparedness using the Second Life format)

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Friday, January 18, 2008

HEA HS&P - elearning SIG Meeting

Today I'm attending an meeting of the HEA HS&P elearning special interest group at the University of Wolverhampton.

Pam Moule opened proceedings introducing key speakers, and I followed with an piece on Internet history & movng on to blogs & wikis. I lost the audience when they all started to edit the Wikipedia enries for their institutions.

Linsey Duncan-Pitt went next descrbing some of her experiences with students using blogs, in PebblePad & issues of confidentiality but having them put on an nstitutional sevrer which couldn't be seen by others from around the world. Comments were made about links to other resources such as Flickr. Other issues were about students using resources which they don't want tutors to see & the level of control. The discussion moved into ePortfolios & portability and interoperability issues.

The role of MUVEs in education was led by Tim Johnson & raised issues about immersive education and assessing attitudes. Unfortunately not everyone could go into second life but 4 players in the room were able to meet in Education Island & looked at the NHS Polyclinic.

The links Tim pointed out included:

Newnexus -

Sloodle -

Blood Typing Game -

SL-Labs -

Educators Coop -

Kar2ouche storyboards -

America’s Army -

Hazmat Hotzone -

Revolution -

TruSim -

Activeworlds -

Complex Wiki -


Second Health -

Lunch involved some interesting discussions about the different innovations (and attached problems) which people were experiencing.

After lunch Chris Turnock from Northumbria University described an FDTL4 project "Making Practice Based Learning Work". He set out the background relating to the preparation of practice educators and learning from the project. Towards the end of the project the need beyond healthcare for similar materials led to another web site

The final part of the day was a meeting about the purposes and working practices of the group. An agreement was made to use the Moodle site within the SIG site to enahnce contacts, with 2 week discussions on particular topics. Paul Bartholomew who has recently taken up a post as elearning adviser to the subject centre agreed to take on much of the work which was suggested.

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Friday, July 27, 2007

Sexual Health SIM project in Second Life

I know very little about Second Life or other Multi User Virtual Environments (MUVEs) - I have enough trouble finding time for real life - but was recently sent an invitation to review information about the new Sexual Health SIM project in Second Life, supported by the University of Plymouth.

see for the video & comments. Supporting papers etc are at:

I suspect this sort of approach has some value in reaching the intended target audience in this context & wonder how many more of these sorts of approaches we willbe seeing over the next few years.

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