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My thesis: please contribute

I have begun the final stages of pulling my thesis together and you can join in. In fact, I would positively like you to join in.

My thesis is called The mimi: a key tool for epedagogy and expands my research into the blog/wiki idea into a permanent. portable, personal data-space to be known as a mimi. The link in the previous sentence will take you to the opening section. That will remain the permalink for the thesis. Bookmark it now!

My thesis will be written as linked posts on my site, where it will act as an example of the arguments proposed in it. It will be written entirely in public, which is to say that the posts will all accept comments, which will be left there, and answered where appropriate. Where I am persuaded that my argument is wrong I will leave the “wrong” page visible and link back to it from the corrected page, so the way that the ideas progress will become part of the work.

If you join in by reading and making comments (big or small) then it will also demonstrate the nature of online networks and communities, which is one of the core ideas to be addressed.

In brief I am saying that the mimi works as a tool for self-directed people who engage online, and regard sharing information and ideas as natural, and I am trying to produce evidence to suggest that these people (Prensky’s digital natives as well as assimilated immigrants) are becoming more usual, and will eventually be the norm.

Alex and Ralf, in particular, might also want to read this page, which will form part of the thesis and discusses an idea I am calling peerticles, which will turn WordPress into a peer-to-peer publishing medium – something I definitely intend to get working in practice as well as theory.

It would be good if you could join in helping me show this 🙂


Appointment for the next VLE Meeting

On Wednesday 31 January 2007 20.00 CET the meeting will be in Second Life. A very good and detailed instruction how to join and where we meet you can find here some entries before (VLE Meeting in Rosario).
Hopefully your avatars are looking nice and everybody join this meeting.



Last Wednesday the VLE discussion on Skype circled around the idea of microlearning and its possible applications to our work.

I have now drawn together some links to related papers that I have found on the web, including the ones that Ralf originally pointed Christina and I towards. The post also includes links to Marc Prensky‘s papers outlining the concept of digital natives.

This is all by way of trying to drum up some readers for my site, of course.



Learning Spaces

This is mainly intended for those doing the Virtual Learning Environments course, but it may well be of use to everyone else as well

I have been reading an ebook called Learning Spaces, published by Educause, and I have posted a piece about it on my site. If you go there you will find a short description, a link to a page where you can download individual chapters, and a link from which you can download the entire book.


VLE Meeting in Rosario

At the end of last year the Virtual Learning Environment agreed to have their next meeting in Marinetta, the capital village of Rosario in Second Life.

This is NOT intended to be a session about Second Life, but arose from a Skype discussion in which Jaap said that he found there was not enough information for him to contextualise input unless there was some visual aspect to the input. It seemed interesting to see whether the SL avatars would more or less useful information than the jerky images we get via video conferencing.

To attend the session you will need a computer capable of running Second Life; a Second Life account (which is now completely free); the client downloaded on your computer; some time playing inside SL; the coordinates of Rosario.

This is how you can get these:

1. Most computers that are less than 2 years old will run SL, including laptops with reasonable graphics cards.

2. You get a Second Life account from the SL website at www.secondlife.com and specifically from https://secure-web7.secondlife.com/join/  You have to choose from a list of available last names but the first name can be anything you want. You then get to choose a basic avatar. Once you are in the world you can customise this as much as you want – it is just a convenient starting point.

3. The joining sequence will finish by offering you the chance to download the software you need (Mac, Windows or Linux). Then you install it like any other software. (On Windows this will mean that you need administrator rights to your computer. If you haven’t then your IT department is living in the eighties.

4. Before you go into SL download a free Unofficial Users Guide in pdf format from here: http://www.sldrama.com/index.php?action=tpmod;dl=item7 The interface in SL is not the most intuitive in the world and this will be an invaluable help. Then go into SL and go through the induction procedure, which is a step by step 30 minute guide to moving around and using the controls.

5. Since the purpose of this is to convey visual information it will be useful to spend some time making your avatar appear like something that expresses something about you – or the character you are playing. (This difference – is my avatar me or is it a character in a game? – is a large debate for a session somewhere…)

6. Once you are hapy with the interface you can get to Rosario at any time by clicking on Map and then searching for Rosario. Make sure the map is showing at maximum or almost maximum scale and the island should almost fill the map. Click somewhere and choose teleport and you will arrive…

If anyone has any difficulties with any of these steps, please leave comments here and I will try to solve any problems. Please spend at least an hour or so in SL before the session because otherwise you will be stuck on Intro Island on your own for much of the session.



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