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Schome is an ongoing research initiative which is working to develop a 'fit for purpose' education system for society today. We are working on developing a system which will support people learning throughout their lives, from the cradle to the grave. Unlike other initiatives to transform education the Schome Initiative takes the view that you needed to start with a vision of the ideal education system that would genuinely meet the needs of society and individuals in the 21st Century and was unconstrained by pre-conceptions of existing education systems.
See the Schome Publications page for a list of publications related to the Schome Initiative. Below are details of two books that resulted from the Schome Park Programme:
Researching Learning in Virtual Worlds deals with research methods and related issues for education in virtual worlds. Two of the chapters focus on the Schome Park Programme: 'The Schome Park Programme: Exploring Educational Alternatives' by Peter Twining and Shri Footring, and 'New Literacies in Schome Park' by Julia Gillen. Schome is also mentioned in'Virtual Environments: Issues and Opportunities for Researching Inclusive Educational Practices' by Kieron Sheehy, and 'The Third Place in Second Life: Real Life Community in a Virtual World' by Anna Peachey. The physical book is now on sale, and PDFs of the chapters are available online from SpringerLink.
Also out in 2010 was Understanding Heritage and Memory from Manchester University Press, which ends with 'Heritage and the Recent and Contemporary Past' by Rebecca Ferguson, Rodney Harrison and Daniel Weinbren. This chapter on virtual heritage draws on many Second Life sources, including interviews and activities in Schome Park.
The Schome Programme has been led and hosted by the Open University. For up to date information on Open University virtual worlds activies, see The Open University's virtual worlds pages.
My Schome magazine, issue 1 as a pdf file (17Mb)
The Schome initiative has, to date, published 25 peer-reviewed books, book chapters and journal papers, as well as many conference presentations, posters, reports and newsletters. For links to these, see Schome publications. For Schome videos visit our YouTube playlist
The Schome Park Programme consisted of a series of research projects, which set out to extend thinking about what education systems might be like. It ran from March 2007 until October 2008. Nearly two hundred 13 to 17 year olds, and around 50 adults, have had some level of involvement with the programme which used our ‘closed’ island(s) in Teen Second Life™ virtual world alongside this wiki and the Schome forum.
A video of Schome Park is available on iTunesU, which can be accessed via www.open.ac.uk/itunes/ This Open University video shows a member of staff (Fox) interviewing a student (Vibia) in world, in the Time Explorers area of our island on the Teen Grid of Second Life. The video can be found in the 'Exploring teaching and learning in real and virtual worlds' collection. Track 4 - Virtual worlds: Schome Park. Also available (track 3) is a video of two of the staff of the project on the Open University islands on the SL Grid. Track 3 - Virtual Worlds: The OU in Second Life