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Language Learning and Teaching with the aid of Technology

We are quite excited here in eLanguages at University of Southampton as we have just received news of success in our application for EU funding in a consortium of six European universities led by Ecole nationale supérieure d’architecture Paris-Malaquais The project: 'Architectural Design, Education and Practice through Content & Language Integrated Learning using Immersive Virtual Environments for 21st Century Skills' is in the LLP transversal programme. Looks like we'll be busy again in SL come the new academic year!

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Comment by Julie Watson on March 21, 2011 at 10:33am

Nergiz

 

Thanks for this link it looks useful.

 

Our ARCHI 21 Project started in November and  the project partners have an island in Second Life where various actions with students of Architecture and Design, and building work are taking place.  There is a brief update on the project on our website, and  at the 4th annual VWBPE conference, colleagues gave a presentation entitled  'Fragility of Spaces: Architectural and Design based Education and Practice'. A colleague on the project from Southampton also won best poster award.

Comment by Nergiz Kern on November 22, 2010 at 1:44pm
Julie, I was searching for lesson material (possibly including SL) for my students who are city planners when I came across this: http://archvirtual.com/ (Architecture and Design in Virtual Worlds).
Comment by Nergiz Kern on November 22, 2010 at 10:51am
Actually, the two links refer to the same project.

I know Reaction Grid. It's based on OpenSim and looks exactly like the Second Life interface; at least this was the case when I last used it, which was before the switch to SL viewer 2.0

The Reaction Grid people are educators themselves and extremely friendly and helpful. I've heard that Pathfinder Linden, who was responsible for education on SL and who was made redundant, has recently joined the Reaction Grid.

I've also recently heard that some educators were successful to get educational discounts for their sims after negotiating with Linden Lab and paying the tier for the next two years.

I think it is important that a virtual world that is used for education works on several platforms. This is one reason I wouldn't consider Blue Mars. Another is, that it is not easily possible for users to create/build something in Blue Mars as far as I know. But as I am on a Mac, I wasn't able to check out Blue Mars.

I hadn't heard of Rock Grid.
Comment by Julie Watson on November 22, 2010 at 10:33am
Thanks Nergiz. I will follow up those leads as I haven't heard of either. The Project is starting this month so it's still very early days but, given all the uncertainty re the future of SL and rising costs for educational users (with Linden Labs or ANO in charge) I think we are looking at interoperable content and use of SL and OpenSim in parallel.

Apparently ( as I learned at conference in the USA a few weeks ago) there are alternative 3D immersive worlds: Reaction Grid; Jokadia; Third Rock Grid; Blue Mars ( not for Macs) - although most are several years behind SL in terms of stability. Are you or anyone else familiar with any of them?
Comment by Nergiz Kern on November 19, 2010 at 2:44pm
Julie, have you heard of the Kansas to Cairo architectue project?

Cross-cultural collaboration in SL:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SP1vr3zSVCE

The Kansas to Cairo Project:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_GPcW2Q-b24

In the sidebar of YT you will find more videos about this project.

Nergiz
Comment by Julie Watson on August 11, 2010 at 2:59am
I'm not sure at the moment but imagine it will be a new sim - the start-up meeting hasn't taken place yet but I hope to be able to post an update here once I've crossed the water and met all the other project partners.
Comment by Nergiz Kern on August 6, 2010 at 4:24pm
Thanks Graham!
I know about the Uni of S. sim but somehow thought this project might have a new island. Don't know why.
Comment by Graham Davies on August 6, 2010 at 5:32am
Great news, Julie!

Nergiz, the University of Southampton already has a sim in SL:

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/University%20of%20Southampton...

Julie, are you setting up a new sim or a new area in the existing sim for the project?
Comment by Nergiz Kern on August 5, 2010 at 9:59am
How exciting, Julie! Congratulations!
How can we best follow the project activities? Will there be a project website? Will you have an island in SL?

Nergiz

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