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Conference on Virtual Worlds, Polytechnic University of Valencia, Spain

I have recently returned from Spain, where I contributed to a two-day conference on virtual worlds at the Polytechnic University of Valencia (UPV), 16-17 December 2011. The conference was organised under the auspices of the CAMILLE Project in the Department of Applied Linguistics at the Polytechnic University of Valencia within the framework of EUROCALL’s programme of regional events, in collaboration with the Inter-University Institute of Applied Modern Languages, supported by the Vice…


Added by Graham Davies on December 21, 2011 at 5:18am — No Comments

New tutorial materials SL Viewer Version 3

OK, so we now have SL Viewer 3 - which you will still find stored in the Second Life Viewer 2 folder on your computer. And people are still referring to the latest version as Viewer 2. Confusing, eh? There are quite few differences from the earlier versions, which I have now incorporated into my tutorial materials that you can download from Section 14.2.1 (i) of Module 1.5 at the ICT4LT site:…


Added by Graham Davies on November 29, 2011 at 11:51am — No Comments


Have you visited the Art Gallery at the CALICO/EUROCALL HQ? If not, please have a look. It contains a great collection of repro paintings and a grand piano that actually plays. Something for your students to talk about! Access is via the teleporter at the top of the stair well in the HQ.

Added by Graham Davies on October 9, 2011 at 8:30am — No Comments

SLanguages 2011 - countdown!

Not long to go now until the SLanguages 2011 conference, 16-18 September 2011!

This is the link for SLanguages 2011 - which is the fifth in this annual series of conferences, dating back to 2007:

I shall be presenting at 11am GMT (= 12 noon BST) on Sunday 18 September. I am conducting a tour of the EUROCALL/CALICO HQ.

All the best

Added by Graham Davies on September 12, 2011 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

EUROCALL 2011 Conference: One week to go!

The EUROCALL 2011 conference takes place next week, 31 August to 3 September. We have a full programme of activities, including three parallel sessions and one round table discussion: see the EUROCALL 2011 Conference Blog for links to further information and how we intend to cover the events online. The annual meeting of the Virtual Worlds SIG will take place on Wednesday, 31 August, 18:15-19:00 (UK… Continue

Added by Graham Davies on August 24, 2011 at 6:11am — No Comments

Scoop.It! Useful “curation” tool

I have recently begun using Scoop.It! It's a useful tool that enables you to set up Web pages that gather together links on a specific topic. ScoopIt provides a facility for you to "curate" information on your topics by trawling the Web and finding links that you may wish to add to your topic pages. The links are then laid out attractively like the page of a magazine:

I have set up two Scoop.It…


Added by Graham Davies on July 21, 2011 at 11:28am — No Comments

SLanguages 2011 Online Conference

SLanguages 2011 Online Conference

Time: September 16 2011 at 6pm to September 18 2011 at 12pm.

Location: EduNation and AVALON Learning Islands.


Organized By: Heike Philp aka Gwen Gwasi in SL.

Proposals are welcome. Deadline for submissions is the 15th of July 2011.

Further details at the AVALON Ning:…


Added by Graham Davies on June 10, 2011 at 6:19am — No Comments

Video by Helen Myers on Skoolaborate and Learning Languages

Helen Myers of The Ashcombe School, Dorking (UK), has created a video on Skoolaborate and Learning Languages:

It's about using SL with teenagers learning languages at secondary school level. The video describes the Lingualand project, which includes an area in SL where different languages are taught and where…


Added by Graham Davies on June 1, 2011 at 5:04am — No Comments

Call for Book Chapter Proposals - Virtual Worlds in Online and Distance Education

Chapter proposals are invited for an edited book on Virtual Worlds in Online and Distance Education, to be published by Athabasca University Press as part of Terry Anderson's Issues in Distance Education series. The book's scope will encompass the use of virtual worlds for fully online/distance and blended modes of education in post-secondary settings across the globe. There will be two types of chapters, namely chapters addressing specific themes and issues (5,000-8,000 words) and…

Added by Graham Davies on June 1, 2011 at 3:21am — No Comments

Transfer of ownership of EduNation III Island

The transfer of ownership of EduNation III Island from Gavin Dudeney (Dudeney Ge in SL) to Randall Sadler (Randall Renoir in SL) has now been completed. Randall is busy right now, 27 October 2010, changing the terrain of the island. All the buildings and contents have been removed, so you won't find the EUROCALL and CALICO HQs in their usual place. But it won't be long before we are up and running again and in new accommodation. Keep an eye on this blog for updates. If you are…


Added by Graham Davies on October 27, 2010 at 11:00am — No Comments

News from Graham Davies

Help for Newbies

I have not been very active in Second Life for the last few days, and I am not sure how active I will be during the SLanguages 2010 conference. I underwent surgery, an exploratory laparoscopy, on 8 October 2010,…


Added by Graham Davies on October 13, 2010 at 4:58am — No Comments

SLanguages Conference, 15-16 October 2010

SLanguages 2010 is a 24-hour virtual conference on language teaching and learning in Second Life. It will run from 10:00 SL time (5pm GMT), 15 October, 10:00 SL time (5pm GMT), 16 October. Wherever possible, sessions will be repeated to enable people in different time zones to see them. There will also be group discussions and social events and the opportunity to visit an exhibition of SL tools for educators. Further information can be found in the AVALON Ning:…


Added by Graham Davies on September 24, 2010 at 5:36am — 4 Comments

EUROCALL 2010 - a great conference

I got back from EUROCALL 2010 in Bordeaux a couple of days ago. It was a remarkable and memorable conference in every respect. The quality of the presentations was very high, and the social events were excellent. The food and wine at the Gala Dinner were up to the standard that one would expect in Bordeaux, but we also had a lot of fun laughing at ourselves in the post-dinner karaoke session. Many of us did not get back to our hotels before 2.30 in the morning! It was so thoughtful of the…


Added by Graham Davies on September 15, 2010 at 12:53pm — 1 Comment

AVALON discussion on Viewer 2, 18 August 2010

I would like to thank everyone who attended the meeting on Viewer 2 yesterday evening in the AVALON sim. I know I talked far too much, so thank you for listening so patiently. I hope you found some of the tips useful. I certainly found your feedback useful: what you did not know about Viewer 2, what you like and what you find unfriendly or irritating. I have completely revised my tutorial materials on Viewer 2 to take account of the changes that have been introduced into Version 2.1.0, which…


Added by Graham Davies on August 19, 2010 at 4:44am — No Comments

New Ning pricing plans

This is to let you know that we have signed up for the Ning Mini pricing plan, so this Ning will continue to exist in its current form. We are therefore not migrating to a new network. The fee is modest at $19.95 per year, plus a discount for early payment. This fee is to be covered by EUROCALL. There is a drawback, however, as the Ning Mini plan restricts us to 150 members:

At present we…


Added by Graham Davies on July 21, 2010 at 3:00am — No Comments

The 1920s Berlin Project in Second Life

This is the website for The 1920s Berlin Project in Second Life:…


Added by Graham Davies on July 16, 2010 at 8:00am — No Comments

Second Life - the long goodbye (re Gavin Dudeney's blog)

There is a very lively discussion taking place right now in Gavin Dudeney’s That’SLife blog in a thread headed Second Life - the long goodbye. Gavin has decided to say goodbye to SL, at least in terms of continuing to play a role in using SL for teaching and training. He has decided that SL is not the most suitable environment for educators, citing technical problems, the unfriendliness of Viewer 2…


Added by Graham Davies on July 15, 2010 at 5:30am — No Comments

The Princess and the Pea: A fairy story retold in Second Life

The Princess and the Pea: A fairy story retold in Second Life

Kip Boahn posted this link in Facebook. It is a video by Machinima, a wonderful illustration of the power of SL as a story-telling medium. I hadn't thought about using SL in this way - but it obviously works! More of the same, please!

Added by Graham Davies on May 4, 2010 at 7:23am — No Comments

Video of the EUROCALL HQ Building in Second Life

I have just created a short video of the EUROCALL HQ Building in Second Life and uploaded it to YouTube. Have a look:

What do you think? I'm going to create a few more, focusing on holodecks, shared media and the joint EUROCALL/CALICO Resource Centre. I'm using Fraps, which is a modestly priced screen capture package designed for capturing clips of online games.

Added by Graham Davies on April 20, 2010 at 10:18am — 1 Comment

Ning's free service is being phased out

So Ning's free service is about to be phased out. At present we don't know how much Ning will charge us to maintain our little community. Further news will be announced on 4 May:

Whether we will be able to afford the fees depends on what we will be charged. EUROCALL and CALICO don't have a lot of money to throw around. We…


Added by Graham Davies on April 18, 2010 at 3:30am — 1 Comment

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