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VLE essay

Now that the project I was involved in has finished I have (as promised) written it up as my final essay for Jaap’s VLE course. There are in fact two interlinked essays. One describes the events of Semano Semano, and the other describes the pedagogical approaches we adopted to achieve what we did.

The first is here: http://www.owenkelly.net/2007/05/15/semano-semano/
The second is here: http://www.owenkelly.net/2007/05/25/second-life-a-component-in-a-vle/

Together they form my assignment.

A third bonus essay will follow in time tying our approaches into current pedagogical theory in a more technical way.  🙂

I would be VERY happy if some people would be able to find the time to read them and post comments. I am genuinely excited about what we are doing, and I want to find time to talk to people about it while we are all together in Helsinki.

Have a good weekend!


Semano Semano

This is only indirectly related to the epedagogy course in some ways, and it is directly relevant in others.

Last week, as part of the Eurovision Song Contest festivities, Arcada ran a huge mobile tv project and we ran a parallel festival in Rosario in Second Life. We ran ten one-hour long events – one every four hours from 13.00 on Friday to 01.00 on Sunday. Over 700 people attended (which is a lot in SL terms).

I am slowly writing this all up on my site, and it will all be ready within a week – not least because some of it will be my report for Jaap on virtual learning environments.

In the meanwhile you should know that Rosario was banned from the contest – AGAIN – on the spurious grounds that it was “not a real country”. Undeterred we went ahead and found a candidate and recorded the entry. Then we made a video.

The candidate was L’angelot and his MySpace profile is here: http://www.myspace.com/l39angelot

You can also see the official video at YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=18BzfsbVCJA

Final note:

Next week Second Life is due to be upgraded to include full voice chat. Avatars will be able to speak to each other and voice will be distance-based (that is, you will get quieter as you walk away from someone until they cannot hear you). This has profound implications for what we can use it for ourselves. For one thing it allows cross-platform group voice chats for up to 40 people at once. We should add this to the list of things to discuss live in Helsinki 🙂

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Helsinki seminar programme

Wednesday, June 6th: Arrival date

Thursday, June 7th:
9.00 – 9.30
Stefan Sonvilla-Weiss: Opening speech

9.30 – 10.00
Welcoming coffee

10.00 – 11.00
Wey-Han Tan:
“eLearning – One century of mediating between the digital and the analog”

Separate sessions:
11.00 – 12.00
Stefan Sonvilla-Weiss: MA program introduction to our new students

11.00 – 12.00
Jaap Jansen, Julia Schawe, Torsten Meyer and students: “Brainstorming the future of    e-learning”

12.30 – 13.00
Quick lunch

13.00 – 15.00
Helsinki Sanomat – publishing house visit and excursion

16.00 – 17.30
Visit to exhibition “Our Land!” – The Finnish way of life from the 1960s to the present;    http://www.taidemuseo.fi/english/tennispalatsi/programme/oimaamme.html

18.00 –
Open Air Party Suomenlinna

Friday, June 8th:

9.00 – 9.45
Christoph Bardtke: “Motivation Web2.0 – Why is everybody so enthusiastic?”

9.50 – 10.45
Owen Kelly: “What we think we are up to in Second Life”

10.50 – 11.15

11.15 – 12.15
Christine Klein: “Visual Culture in the Andes” (working title)

12.30 – 13.30
Lunch break

14.00 – 15.30
Teemu Arina: “Discover, Collaborate, Learn” – Introduction to Dicole

15.30 – 17.00

18.15 – 18.45
Video conference presentation by George Siemens on the topics
“How concepts of networked learning (specifically connectivism) were distinct
from constructivism”
18.45 – 19.15
Questions and Answers

Saturday, June 9th

9.00 – 9.45
Antti Katajainen, Gerard Brady:
“Open Source Learning Environments in the    Educational Context of Learning Ecology”

9.50  – 10.45
Antje Breitkopf: “Visual Anthropology” (working title)

10.50 – 11.15

11.15 – 12.15
Christina Ferner: “Intercultural differences of web use and design” (working title)

12.30 – 13.30
Lunch break

13.30 – 19.00
Working group 1:
“Envisioning new interfaces in cooperative media culture”

Working group 2:
“Scale-free networks – the realm of the social”

Working group 3:
“Mobile technologies – mobile thoughts?”

Sunday, June 10th

11.00 – 15.00
Presentation of results

15.30  – 17.00
Henry Jenkins MIT: “Convergence culture”

Closing remarks


Student accomodation

trams & roads – Helsinki

Originally uploaded by Jimmie James.

Hey fellow students from Helsinki, please listen up!
Some of us students from germany are looking for a place to stay at during the international seminar.
Those who’ve been to Hamburg last year are already familar with the system. Those lokal students who can offer a place to stay for international students during the seminar please “raise your hands” in the blog. I know that at least Christina, Alex and me would prefer to stay in one of your places than in an expensive hotel.

Don’t let us live on the streets of Helsinki, please! 😉

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