Category Archives: Education

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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New Report: Immersive Internet Australia: Education

I’ve posted my report, (the full PDF version is located under the Immersive Internet Australia tab, profile on education), profiling Australian educators’ use of virtual worlds and other immersive technologies. Hopefully, it is something of a roadmap for those contemplating such tools, as well as a marker of those who already do. Here’s the abstract :… 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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Swinburne University’s Koala Island

Thrilled to be using Swinburne University’s ‘Koala Island‘ in Second Life for an event with VicRoads. We’ll be  introducing them to virtual environments. Roads, urban planning, their own distributed work force… it  makes sense to start exploring a swag of immersive tools.

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Aarnet's mixed reality workshop

AARnet  is considering a move into hosting virtual environments on its academic research network, and is exploring the idea of creating an  intra-world  for Australia’s research institutions  to whom it supplies superfast connectivity. The workshop (program here) was held at Wollongong University’s new  iC (Innovation Campus).   I presented a ‘primer’ of virtual worlds,  AARnet’s James Sankaar’s  idea, which I am… Read More »

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