Online Educa Berlin (2010)

On Wednesday, 1 Dec 2010, Mats Deutschmann, Jim Barrett and I will be participating virtually in Online Educa Berlin, the 16th International Conference on Technology Supported Learning & Training. Billed as “the largest global e-learning conference for the corporate, education and public service sectors”, we are involved as part of a larger full-day pre-conference workshop, titled “Virtual Pedagogies in Practice” and headed by Gary Motteram (University of Manchester, UK). Quoting from its description, “[t]he aim of this seminar is to explore a range of experiences and activities in teaching and learning in synchronous virtual spaces (2nd Life; OpenSim; desktop video conferencing – DTVC).” It promises to be an exciting workshop and we are very happy to be a part of this.

During the allotted time, we will be on the HUMlab island in Second Life (SLurl here) giving two 1-hour workshops presenting, discussing and demonstrating how machinima as made in Second Life can be used in educational contexts, including a hands-on session to lead course participants through the whole production process. Abstracts are pasted below; please find resources here. Looking forward!

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Hands-on session:
Machinima 1 (11:30-12:30)

This session will introduce, present and demonstrate the use of machinima (filmmaking in virtual worlds) for educational and teaching purposes. In “Machinima 1”, we first give an overview of machinima, explaining how machinima may be used for teaching and showing some case studies. We then focus on production skills as we involve and lead you through the making of a machinima film. This session can be taken separately or together with “Machinima 2”.

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Hands-on session:
Machinima 2 (14:00-15:00)

This session will introduce, present and demonstrate the use of machinima (filmmaking in virtual worlds) for educational and teaching purposes. In “Machinima 2”, we focus on the best practices of using machinima as a teaching tool by sharing our insights and experiences about the pedagogical uses of machinima, including tips and advice on its technicalities, practicalities and aesthetics. This session can be taken separately or together with “Machinima 1”.

(cross-posted on knittedgardens.net)

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