Sharon Collingwood's Virtual Worlds Teaching Journal
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10 January 2013
I've set up a cloudscape, here: http://cloudworks.ac.uk/cloudscape/view/2584
Others (I think) can add clouds to this cloudscape. I have added my teaching journal (this cloud) and another cloud I created called "idea bin." I've put a Google doc in the idea bin with a sketch of things we might want to do over the next 8 weeks.
So... Is this like a blog? It's taking me a while to figure out how this all will work. I feel like one of my own students -- a little overwhelmed. Even though I work with a learning management system all the time, a new system can be baffling.
Which makes me think about my project. I've just spent ten minutes looking for the dreamscape thing. It's probably quite simple, but I can't find it. Compare this to a student problem in my virtual classroom. The student has a problem (can't find the classroom) and the solutions the student finds for this problem are directly related to what they do every day in real life (walk straight ahead, read the signs, look for other students, look for a circle of chairs).
Hmmm. I've set up all the required things, gotten a few names, and now I'm trying to connect with people. I think I am behind the pack.
I hope there will be others interested in the topic of virtual worlds; I've been teaching distance courses there for six years, and I'm still smitten with it.
One of the reasons I am here is because the Open University has a digital classroom in Second LIfe, called Deep Think. I've been trying to find out if anyone from that group will be working in this MOOC. No luck so far. Are you there?
I teach Women's & Gender studies in Second Life, and I have a small site that I can share as a meeting place for the group (see the image in the main Cloudspace). I'm very interested in course design that links the practicalities of 3D teaching to overarching pedagogical goals.
I've linked the introductory video fo rmy course (now outdated, as the class has moved, but it gives you the idea.)