On Friday March 14th, the University of Manchester in the UK will host a one-day seminar entitled Reviewing current and future practice in the use of virtual worlds in Higher Education.
The event, which is being organised by Gary Motteram, a Senior Lecturer in Education at the university, will explore the current state of the art in the use of virtual worlds in education and will be a mixture of face-to-face presentations and online activity.
Presentations will be made by Dr. Paul Rudman, a Research Associate at the Institute of Learning Innovation at the University of Leicester; Dr. Darren Mundy, a Senior Lecturer in Digital Media, and Luisa Panichi, a Research Student at the School of Languages, Linguistics & Cultures, University of Hull; Professor Maggi Savin-Baden, Professor of Higher Education Research, University of Coventry; and Professor Liz Falconer, Director, Education Innovation Centre at the University of West England.
Additionally, there will be a special presentation from the Euroversity Network Project partners, a network of 18 European (and Israeli!) universities with significant experience of the use of 2D/3D virtual worlds in learning and teaching contexts, and the day will wrap with a speakers’ panel.
The seminar is free to attend, either in person at Manchester University (please register your intent to attend via the Eventbrite webpage), or via on-line streaming through the Euroversity website. Lunch will be provided for those attending in person.
|The seminar will take place at the Kanaris Lecture Theatre, Manchester Museum, University of Manchester, Friday, 14 March 2014 from 09:30 to 16:30 (GMT)|
At the time of writing, the full schedule for the seminar comprised (all times GMT):
- 09.30 – Participants arrive (Coffee/ Tea available)
- 10.00 – Opening introduction and welcome
- 10.10 – Paul Rudman (University of Leicester): Seven reasons for teaching in virtual worlds
- 11.00 – Darren Mundy and Luisa Panichi (University of Hull): Virtual courses (Online Presentation)
- 11.45 – Coffee/ Tea Break
- 12.00 – Maggi Savin-Baden (University of Coventry): The impact of virtual world learning on Higher Education
- 12.45 — Lunch and networking
- 13.30 – Liz Falconer (University of West England): Learning in virtual environments: dimensions of situated learning
- 14.15 – Virtual session: Euroversity Network Project partners
- 15.00 – Coffee/ Tea break
- 15.15 – Final panel (joint on-line and face-to-face)
- 16.00 – End of day
For up-to-date information on the schedule and activities, please refer to the event’s Eventbrite web page. Further information can be obtained by interested parties contacting Gary Motteram directly via e-mail.