Although I’ve been home from my Australia Tour, I’m glad I still have opportunities to hang out with my colleagues Down Under. Last night, I joined them via Second Life for the New South Wales (NSW) Learnscope finale, E-Learning07 . This is the showcase of 2007 NSW LearnScope projects and Flexible Learning Framework projects based in NSW.
I liked how they had all of their projects submit summaries as slidecasts- see http://www.slideshare.net/tag/nswlearnscope07..
The conference was a 2 day face to face event in Sydney, but included parallel components in Second Life on the jokaydia sim. It closed with a panel session organized by the versatile Bee, Barbara Dieu which she poetically set up with a culinary theme of Cooking Up a Storm in Education.
I was honored to be invited as one of Bee’s panelists, along with Josie Fraser, Nancy White, and Dave Pollard. We were to speak about “Challenges and opportunities social tools bring to learners and educators, our cultural and social heritage, exposure and access, local and international communities of practice, formal and informal learning, knowledge building and transmission.”
Though a few had some SL voice chat challenges, the virtual audience was very participatory, the chat channel was fluid. Too bad, Josie Fraser, the voice did not work! I was looking forward to hearing what you had to say.
As typical in Second Life, you sometimes go in unexpected spontaneous directions, which is not bad. Its like a conversation one might have down in Brazil in Bee’s own kitchen. Be sure to see here Spaces and Places VoiceThreads.