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Introductions / PeterT – an end and a beginning
« on: May 31, 2019, 08:42:06 PM »
I don't know whether anyone's still checking the forum – probably not after all this time.
However, if you do happen by in early June 2019, you might be interested in the inaugural lecture that PeterT is giving on 25 June – 'If school is the problem, what is the solution?'
You can sign up here to attend either via livestream or face to face from 6-7pm that evening
Although inaugural lectures are usually given when someone becomes a professor at a university, Peter's been a professor for several years, and he's using his inaugural as an opportunity to say goodbye to The Open University before moving on.

Drawing on his research Peter will explore the implications of how people learn for how we teach, how our changing world necessitates changes to the curriculum, barriers to educational change and potential ways forward.
The lecture will be followed by a panel discussion about visions for schooling and how to achieve them.

Virtual world discussions / Massively Minecraft
« on: October 11, 2011, 10:51:20 AM »
Reading about Massively Minecraft and thinking about the similarities with Schome...

Reflection and forward planning / Dr Cabaret
« on: June 06, 2011, 08:20:49 AM »
For anyone who knew Mark Cabaret (and his Hawaiian shirt) when he was working with Schome - you'll be pleased to know that he successfully completed his PhD viva last week and will soon be a doctor  :)

Reflection and forward planning / Do not go gentle into that good night
« on: January 07, 2011, 08:20:44 PM »
- rage, rage against the dying of the light.

It's the end of the world as we know it.

I'm hoping we'll all reappear somewhere on the Main Grid - but our island home will be swept away any day now.

Anyone fancy some last-minute anarchy? A final island get together, and then end it all in flames. Let's see how much of it we can set alight!

From the Second Life blog:

"We will adjust how education and non-profit advantages are provided, effective Jan. 1, 2011. 
All  education and non-profit private regions of any type, purchased after Dec. 31, 2010, will be invoiced at standard (i.e. non-discounted) pricing.  All currently discounted renewals which occur after Dec. 31, 2010, will be  adjusted to the new price at that time. To continue to provide  entry-level, private spaces to educators just launching their programs,  we will be providing Homestead and Open Space regions to qualifying  organizations without their meeting the retail full-region criterion. Customer Support will be available to answer any questions that you may  have about these changes."

Virtual world discussions / Linden Prize
« on: May 21, 2010, 08:27:27 PM »
Congratulations to Elsa for making it on to the shortlist for this year's Linden Prize.

This annual award program was launched last year to recognise a Second Life Resident, or team, with a $10,000 USD prize for an innovative inworld project that improves the way people work, learn, and communicate in their daily lives outside the virtual world.

There were 130 entries this year and 'Open University: A Third Place in Second Life' is now in the top ten.

Virtual worlds in the media / Virtual World Watch
« on: May 12, 2010, 08:51:29 AM »
The latest report on the use of virtual worlds for education has come out

"Virtual world activity in UK universities and colleges (Spring 2010)

This snapshot report was put together against a backdrop of political and economic uncertainty. It comes, therefore, as a pleasant contrast to notice many cases of continuity, where academics are building on their uses of virtual worlds in previous academic years. It’s also good to welcome details of new sustainable virtual world projects and initiatives from universities such as Middlesex, Bristol and Bath Spa. [...]"

Virtual world discussions / Education in World of Warcraft
« on: July 21, 2009, 02:01:27 PM »
Thanks to Yankee for this link about education in World of Warcraft:

Here's a sample paragraph
<<Peggy Sheehy and Lucas Gillispie came to our attention in the comments of a previous 15 Minutes of Fame about a player who teaches a college course inside the World of Warcraft. "My middle school will be starting with an after-school club (always the gateway)," wrote Peggy, "but others joining us will be implementing it with the 'at-risk' student population, the 'gifted' student group, as well as mainstream classes for specific content-area projects." This is no upstart project; Peggy established the first middle school on the Teen Grid in Second Life three years ago, while Lucas has established an online wiki where educators all over the world can collaborate on a standard-aligned curriculum for using WoW in the schools.>>

More on the project here

Virtual world discussions / Homeless in the Sims
« on: July 01, 2009, 01:51:19 PM »
I've just been reading a blog about a homeless father and daughter in The Sims
I find it interesting in lots of ways. Apart from the storyline - which catches you up in the narrative and leaves you wondering what will happen next - there's also interesting interaction in the comments relating to how people relate to the story and the characters, and how this sometimes prompts them to reassess their own lives.

Schome discussions / Dis-course
« on: May 14, 2009, 02:21:20 PM »
If you're around at the moment and have a bit of time to spare - I recommend this free online conference about ideas for future learning and how you can bring in things like, twitter, delicious etc

It's focusing on how you can replace the course with a new structure

I'm finding it very interesting

Schome Park Events / Pi day and square root day
« on: March 03, 2009, 09:37:16 PM »
Wikipedia reveals that we have just lived through one of the only square root days in the century - and that Pi Day is coming up soon.

Pi day cries out for an in-world event.

Vibia doing a karaoke version of the Pi Song, maybe  :P

Schome discussions / Schome Arts Festival
« on: December 05, 2008, 07:22:38 PM »
I've just spotted the Schome Arts Festival being publicised on the wiki. Here's the quote.

Schome Festival of the Arts 2008 Presented by: Schome Art Group A subsidiary of Schome Group

The Beginning of A Schome Tradition: A Non-profit Yearly Cultural Event for your Pleasure

Theme 2008 - ‘The Exhibit in the Sky’

What is the Schome Arts Festival? It is an exhibition encompassing the exceptional and widely diverse art works of OU affiliates displayed in superb virtual surroundings enhanced by the individual artists works, and their artistical input on creating the environments in which they are displayed. Additionally many participants will be creating their own environments further expanding the inherent value of the exhibit with their individual virtual building talents. Seventeen artists will display a diverse collection of Art in the mediums of painting, sculpture, stained glass, photography, aircraft design, ceramics, virtual building and the art of poesy. The Festival will be held above Schome Base on a sky platform offering a unique experience of the Arts from a suspended environment.

When is the event? Friday/Sat. December, 12,13 2008 Where is the event? In the Sky above Open Life Island

Help with website / Problems with the website
« on: December 04, 2008, 04:57:09 PM »
I got this message through today from the university's central computing services:

'There is a major problem with external blogs forums and wikis (ie those on and  If you try to access one of them you will be directed to the OU home page.  This is due to a problem with the network equipment which handles the external sites.'

So if you've been having problems accessing the wiki or forum recently, that may be the reason why.

Virtual world discussions / Virtual worlds timeline
« on: November 21, 2008, 04:30:05 PM »

An impressive-looking timeline of virtual worlds. I like the fact that it spans 100 years.

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