Category Archives: collaboration

26 points about virtual worlds for 2011

Here are some ruminations from my research project, Immersive Internet Australia , commissioned by the Smart Services Cooperative Research Centre  and Swinburne University of Technology. The list is neither exhaustive, nor final. Comments welcome. The immersive Internet is a generic term for technological platforms that enable a 3D or 2.5D (a flatter perspective) graphic rendering of real… Read More »

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Please don’t mention virtual ‘worlds’: why does enterprise steer clear of the ‘w’ word?

Reading a press release from technology company Avaya, I was reminded of  Basil Fawlty’s desperately funny attempt not to use the ‘W’ word , in this case standing for ‘war’, when German guests come to his stay at his guest house, Fawlty Towers. The connection ? In Avaya’s case, it’s the company’s clear decision not to mention the ‘W’ word, in this… Read More »

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Are virtual worlds off the boil ?

The August release of Gartner’s 2010 hype cycle for emerging technologies, which sees Virtual Worlds lodged in the pit of the disillusionment trough, has generated some interesting discussion in the blogosphere. VW’ds marketing consultant Mary Ellen Gordon asks why this has occurred, especially in light of Gartners’ much quoted 2007 declaration’ that by 2012, 80… Read More »

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Immersive Learning: on or off the boil?

Immersive Learning was very much on the agenda in Australia in 2008, as this video made by Educationau enthusiastically demonstrates. A group from Gippsland TAFE, in Victoria, drafted a set of protocols for immersive learning here but, like Educationau, the site has not been modified for two years. So what has happened in the interim; has the… Read More »

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Collaborative modes of learning for the future

MMOs and virtual environments continue to fire innovative thinking in the education setting, indeed the Games-4-Learning concept is the obvious path to follow, given the way we know young people achieve set tasks through shared quests, especially when these tasks are visually constructed. The next ‘quest’ is to see this thinking imported into the workplace.… Read More »

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Business Models .01

Reading about Box, the US collaboration and storage solution company, I was interested to see the challenge they gave to would-be customers : try us, and  if you don’t like our service we’ll give you a free subscription to our competitor.   ‘Strikes me  there’s  something in this  for a new company gunning for business. For starters, it’s a brazen move that signals to… Read More »

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Farewell to the 'Web 2.0' era

I recall a documentary which traced the global effort to contain the SARS virus. Pathologists were stumped. Their first task was to identify this mysterious killer disease. The Internet played its hand  in enabling real time tracking of the disease. Harnessing the wisdom of an international team of medical experts, the disease was identified – where it had… Read More »

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