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The Business Talking Course in Second Life from Kalmar

I've just made a post on the Avalon Ning about what's happening on this course in the autumn.You can read it here:…Continue

Tags: Talking, Business

Started May 21, 2010

Who are we when we're in Second Life?
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Bryan Carter from the University of Central Missouri, whom I work with extensively in Second Life, led a very interesting seminar this afternoon entitled "Presence, Representation and Identity in…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Beatriz Lupiano Apr 29, 2010.

Audio problems in SL
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I wonder if anyone can help me with a student problem in SL.I have a student who can hear all the ambient sounds in world, but can't hear any of the voice chat (or participate herself). She's…Continue

Tags: problems, audio, SL

Started this discussion. Last reply by David Richardson Apr 14, 2010.

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Feb 6, 2015
Nergiz Kern commented on David Richardson's blog post Lots of Applicants to the Business Talking Course in SL from Kalmar
"Congratulations David! That says a lot about your course. Good luck for the next round!"
May 25, 2010
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The Business Talking Course in Second Life from Kalmar

I've just made a post on the Avalon Ning about what's happening on this course in the autumn.You can read it here:http://avalon-project.ning.com/forum/topics/business-talking-course-from-1See More
May 21, 2010
Beatriz Lupiano replied to David Richardson's discussion Who are we when we're in Second Life?
"This is such an interesting topic! I still have to finish watching the videos (probably at the weekend) but I've read the article and your replies. I'd love to be able to have more than one persona like Graham...I don't think…"
Apr 29, 2010
Graham Davies replied to David Richardson's discussion Who are we when we're in Second Life?
"This is an old article (November 2008) from the Daily Mail online. It's good illustration both of the huge differences between people's RL and SL characters/appearances and also how the fantasy world of SL gets mixed up with the real…"
Apr 29, 2010
David Richardson replied to David Richardson's discussion Who are we when we're in Second Life?
"This is a topic Bryan and I have discussed quite a lot too, especially now that we're getting more and more students involved in our courses. His situation and mine differ in one important respect as well: Bryan meets his students IRL all the…"
Apr 28, 2010
Graham Davies replied to David Richardson's discussion Who are we when we're in Second Life?
"It's a fascinating topic. I have watched part of Bryan's presentation, and I am going to set aside more time today to view to view it in its entirety. This topic often comes up in discussions. Yesterday I watched this video of a…"
Apr 28, 2010
Beatriz Lupiano replied to David Richardson's discussion Who are we when we're in Second Life?
"Thanks for posting the question and the link -I've watched the first 5 minutes only and have already started thinking about my answer in a different way. My first answer was something along the lines of "I wouldn't mind to have it as…"
Apr 27, 2010
David Richardson posted a discussion

Who are we when we're in Second Life?

Bryan Carter from the University of Central Missouri, whom I work with extensively in Second Life, led a very interesting seminar this afternoon entitled "Presence, Representation and Identity in Virtual Spaces". You can watch it via this link:Bryan Carter Seminar in UmeåBryan raises some interesting questions about who we are in Second Life. One of the questions which came up was about making a skin which is a photographic copy of you IRL. Is this a…See More
Apr 27, 2010
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Lots of Applicants to the Business Talking Course in SL from Kalmar

We've just had the application figures for Autumn 2010 - we've had 231 applicants for the Business Talking course from Linnaeus University in Kalmar for the autumn term.Not all of these people will actually start (probably about 120 of them), but we'll also probably pick up a few exchange students when they arrive in the autumn too.I don't know how we're going to handle all these students yet … but we'll think of something!See More
Apr 20, 2010
David Richardson replied to David Richardson's discussion Audio problems in SL
"Thanks, Graham. Elena and I are meeting up on Tuesday, so I'll let you know if it was down to either of these problems. … and isn't it nice having a site like this one where you can ask 'simple' questions!"
Apr 14, 2010
Graham Davies replied to David Richardson's discussion Audio problems in SL
"I have come across this on several occasions. On most of these occasions it turned out to be an institutional firewall that was blocking voice chat and the local technicians had to open up a port in order to get voice chat to work. The firewall on…"
Apr 14, 2010
David Richardson posted a discussion

Audio problems in SL

I wonder if anyone can help me with a student problem in SL.I have a student who can hear all the ambient sounds in world, but can't hear any of the voice chat (or participate herself). She's probably using Viewer 1, and I've asked her to check that her headset works outside of SL. In the heat of our last live session she claimed that she'd gone through the Voice Chat settings (including Device Settings), but I'm having a one-to-one with her soon when we can check on that.It'll probably turn…See More
Apr 14, 2010
Graham Davies commented on David Richardson's blog post Diary of a Second Life English Teacher … Part 7
"Getting people started in SL is always a slow process. I have run several workshops for beginners, both face-to-face and online. The learning curve for newcomers to SL is pretty steep - it seems that you have to master everything all at once. I find…"
Feb 10, 2010
Nergiz Kern commented on David Richardson's blog post Diary of a Second Life English Teacher … Part 7
"Right. Normally, you would introduce students step-by-step to a new tool or technology but in SL, they have to master quite a lot on their own before they can join the first lesson, especially in a distance course. I think the best help really is…"
Feb 10, 2010

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Davric Rinkitink

A little about me …

I teach English at Högskolan i Kalmar in southern Sweden. I've been teaching in the virtual environment my college is partner in (called Kamimo Island), since 2007, and am currently running the Business Talking course for the fourth time. This is a course which gives 3 European Credits and runs entirely in world.

Here are a few links you might find useful:

Kamimo Islands Project Blog

Business Talking Home Page
(check out the Business Pages -> Second Life Basics to see how I prepare my newbies for studying in world)

David Richardson's Blog

Lots of Applicants to the Business Talking Course in SL from Kalmar

We've just had the application figures for Autumn 2010 - we've had 231 applicants for the Business Talking course from Linnaeus University in Kalmar for the autumn term.

Not all of these people will actually start (probably about 120 of them), but we'll also probably pick up a few exchange students when they arrive in the autumn too.

I don't know how we're going to handle all these students yet … but we'll think of something!

Posted on April 20, 2010 at 8:43am — 1 Comment

Diary of a Second Life English Teacher … Part 7

The spring Business Talking course started last Thursday with the course launch. Between 3pm and 6pm our time we had 63 avatars in total on Kamimo, with about 40 Americans there to find about 20 'Swedish' buddies, so that they could whisk them away and get extra credit for recording the 'Swedes'' reactions to what they'd seen. My tongue-in-cheek analysis is that you get Americans to do things by paying them - but you get Swedes to do things by appealing to their sense of what's good for the… Continue

Posted on February 9, 2010 at 4:00pm — 6 Comments

Diary of a Second Life English Teacher … Part 6

Yesterday was the day this term's Business Talking course finished on Kamimo Island. The students had Assessment 3 to do which is a 'group presentation'. This time they could present about anything they wanted to, but the group of three's presentations had to be linked in some way. For example, we started (as usual) with the far eastern group at 3.00 pm), which happened to consist of a Kazakh studying to be an architect at Beijing University, a Swede working for Citibank in Shanghai, a music… Continue

Posted on December 3, 2009 at 3:26pm — 12 Comments

Diary of a Second Life English Teacher … Part 5

It was a busy end of week last week, which is why it's taken until Monday to write this post. On Wednesday we had two very successful Meeting 4/Assessment 2s, once again, one for the far Easterners and another for the people based in Europe. Everyone had done their homework and downloaded the role play cards, and they all took to the activity directly. This was the first time I'd used this particular role play situation on the course, but everything went smoothly. One of the factors I had to… Continue

Posted on November 22, 2009 at 11:00pm

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At 5:13am on September 28, 2009, Graham Davies said…
Welcome, David!

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