Archive for February, 2010
I gave a talk in Second Life, along with my collegue Dr. Simon Ball, on our chapter in the recent real-life book :
“Higher Education in Virtual Worlds Teaching and Learning in Second Life” ( available at Amazon 😉 )
We had little in terms of real research evidence to present in the chapter and at the session – the use of virtual worlds in education is so new. It was a good chapter and a good talk but I wanted to give more useful information, but, like everybody else, I will have to wait until the experts in the field of the mind begin their studies.
The conclusion we came to is: be aware that one persons immersive experience can be anothers stifling uncomfortable nightmare, so proceed with caution, but do it anyway!
When was the last time i wondered about something without Google being involved? The answer is about 11 years ago. No longer adept with reference books, I’m a horse trader shrewdly weighing up the URL and looking for the tell-tale signs of subjective tampering and hackery amongst the staggering hugeness of encyclopedia GooGlatica.
Like TV channels, more doesn’t mean better, just better is better hidden. But amongst the noise of blogs, Twitter and paradigm shifts such as Open Educational Resources, are we in fact uncovering a new openness, a willingless to share what before was kept private? So is it more and better or will we eventually become as we were before, an mis-informed mass of easily manipulated peasants going back to waving pitchforks and dunking suspected witches in the local pond? Or, as our brains are freed from the drugery of decades spent aquiring information, as we delegate that task to the wires that criss-cross the planet, we can use this new found free time to practice Thinking Very Well? (more…)