Language learning and teaching in virtual worlds
Second Life's largest educational conference, the VWBPE conference has started.
A stunning 54h program on 5 sims with about 300 sessions fabulously organized and mindblowing high level of expertise.
I had the privilege to be part of the opening plenary with some 200 avatars present in a steampunk designed huge and very unique auditorium. What an experience.
At the Virtual World Education Round Table discussion which followed the opening plenary the host asked the audience to type in the text chat their personal infos and there were so many from Universities around the world.
Check out the program
and watch the live stream of some of the sessions at
Here are some of the session details for the AVALON panel of which Randall will be part of.
|Title||Best Practise in Language Education in Virtual Worlds|
|Date||Friday, March 18 06:00|
|Location:||East 1/2 Machinima|
|Abstract||This panel includes language educators and practicioners who are using Second Life for teaching a language. These include representatives of the AVALON project, an EU funded project which explored the potential of language learning in virtual worlds over a period of 2 years (2009-2010) with a total of 23 European partners. AVALON stands for 'Access to Virtual and Action Learning Live ONline'. These also include practicioners who have been introducing their language learners to role-playing sims and their active and sociable communities. Moderator of this panel: Heike Philp aka Gwen Gwasi (SL)|
And a Berlin of the 20s tour also planned for the VWBPE conference.
|Title||Ich bin ein Berliner|
|Date||Friday, March 18 11:00|
|Location:||West Departure 2|
|Abstract||May we invite you to attend a German lesson in the Berlin of the 20s sim? Explore the rich culture and history, get dressed 20s style and talk about it during authentic German language classes.Our weblog for the German course is http://teleportnovela.blogspot.com Every Thursday and Friday at 9pm Berlin, 3pm New York, 12pm SL timeLocation Hindenburg School http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/1920s%20Berlin/50/219/24Meeting point: Teleportplatz. A free set of clothes is provided.|
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