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SLanguages 2011 - 16-18 September

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Event Description

5th SLanguages Annual Symposium

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16-18 September 2011
Friday to Sunday
#slang11

The 5th SLanguages Annual Symposium is a FREE annual conference which focuses on language learning in a virtual world(s) founded by Gavin Dudeney of The Consultants-E. Today it is organised by a team of volunteers. 

The featured theme of this year’s 3-day online conference is 'Serious games' and 'Situated Learning'. 

It hosts around 50 guest speakers and is attended by approx. 500 participants/ avatars. It takes place in Second Life on EduNation and on AVALON Learning and includes tours to other virtual worlds. 

To attend the sessions in Second Life, you need to have an avatar, a 3D representation, which is free. To get an avatar you need to sign up at secondlife.com. 

All of the program will be streamed in Adobe ConnectPro, which is a webconferencing software which allows us to screenshare our desktops, almost like a virtual window to a virtual world. You do not need to have an avatar to attend a session in Adobe and you can watch and listen to the keynotes, panel discussions, plenaries, presentations, workshops, tours to educational sims, demo language lessons, theatre plays, dance performances, variety shows and even the party all from the comfort of an Adobe ConnectPro seat (max 100).

Conference times
Friday       8am SL*  | 3pm GMT  until    2pm SL | 9pm GMT 
Saturday   3am SL  | 10am GMT until  4pm SL | 11pm GMT 
Sunday     1am SL  | 8am GMT  until    8am SL | 3pm GMT 
 *SL Second Life Time = PDT Pacific Day Time (San Francisco)

Locations
EduNation I
SLURL will be provided soon
EduNation II
SLURL will be provided soon
EduNation III 
SLURL will be provided soon
AVALON Learning Sandbox
SLURL will be provided soon
AVALON Learning Music stand
SLURL will be provided soon
BCS British Computer Society (prev. Learn4Life)
SLURL will be provided soon

There will be a Conference TP HUD available.
The group inworld is 'SLanguages Annual Symposium' (pls join the group)
Twitter hashtag is #slang11

Would you like to help out?
(volunteer form is coming soon)

Contact
Gary Motteram [SL name: Gwared Morgwain]
gary.motteram[at]manchester.ac.uk
Heike Philp [SL name: Gwen Gwasi]
heike.philp[at]letstalkonline.com

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Comment by Lynne Hand on September 17, 2011 at 8:07
Did it!  Slept till 8am! (I know it doesn't sound late, but I'm usually up and at it at 6am.  If you haven't been to the conference yet, do go.  The art exhibitions are amazing in their own right, and the whole set up is fab.  Well done Gwen.
Comment by Graham Stanley on September 16, 2011 at 13:14

Well done for getting this all organised - just spotted a mistake in the Google doc - many of the sessions are advertised as 'Friday 17th' rather than 'Saturday 17th' - a minor point, but might cause some confusion for somebody.

 

See you later!

Comment by Nergiz Kern on September 13, 2011 at 19:24
Looking forward to attending some of the sessions and learning from my colleagues.
Comment by Heike Philp aka Gwen Gwasi on September 13, 2011 at 15:23

Hi Erika,

Let me know your SL name, then I can add you as friend and teleport you to where things are about to start on Friday.

Or try to search for my name and add me as friend, great exercise. :-)

rgds Heike aka Gwen Gwasi

Comment by Erika - Limiaber on September 13, 2011 at 14:30

Hello Heike,

I am really grateful for all the information, as this is the 5th session, I probably should say: where have I been all this time? and the truth is,  this is really all new for me  and I find it amazing.   I was waiting for this conference since I sign up  for  SL  just a few weeks ago,  so sure I will be there.   See you in-world and thank you again.

:D

Comment by Heike Philp aka Gwen Gwasi on September 12, 2011 at 22:31

Hi Erika, 

We will be publishing those links on each scheduled event.

Sometimes there will be up to 4 parallel sessions and each of them will have a different Adobe ConnectPro room and you will find each link mentioned there.

Also of course the SLURL. Right now we are also still waiting for a temporary conference island to finalize all of the SLURLs. It is a bit difficult to manage on such a short notice but our previous idea of having the sky conference plattform cross both our islands didnt work out because sound does not travel across to another sim in case of different ownership.

Hence, we ordered a temporary island - HOPING very much, that sound will work. 

Looking forward to you attending!

rgds Heike

Comment by Erika - Limiaber on September 12, 2011 at 15:57
Well, this is going to be my first experience attending a conference at SL, so excited to know how it works and understand better the possibilities of education on virtual environments.  As my zone connection is really bad, an someone tell me the link o the way to attend the conference outside SL, using adobe connect? This would be my back up plan, just in case.  :)
Comment by Teresa Branco on September 5, 2011 at 10:08
Now that's a refreshing start for the upcoming new school year!
Comment by Heike Philp aka Gwen Gwasi on September 5, 2011 at 6:50

Hi Karelia,

Great keywords here, may I chip in our volunteer form which is brand new! and which lists all of the many jobs we have on offer.

http://avalon-project.ning.com/page/slanguages-2011-volunteer-form

We really, really appreciate some helping hands.

rgds Heike

Comment by Helen Myers aka Karelia Kondor on September 5, 2011 at 6:43

Thanks to Heike for all this coordinating .. I'm really looking forward to the event!

In the middle of serious games in situated learning, please make sure you make time for some serious partying on Saturday 17th September 1.30-4.30 SLT.  The ever-resourceful, imaginative and artistic Mary Roussel is building a lovely scene for us where we can socialise (humouring me by giving it a 'pink' theme ... we're calling it 'Planet Pink' in the spirit of Randall's 'Club Jupiter' and it will be available for any of you to use as a holodeck scene with your groups later!). 

There are three ways in which anyone can help us:

(1) We'd like to have some 'freebie' boxes available .. so if you have any copy/mod teaching tools, party clothes or party fun gadgets to liven up any party, please pass them to Karelia Kondor and she's add them to the boxes! 

(2) Also, if you'd like to help out on the 'greeting/welcoming' aspect, let me/Karelia know! 

(3) Let's make the music international, loud and singalong. Please pass me/Karelia any requests!

Thanks!

 

(and one day I may write a sentence without any exclamation marks .. you never know!)

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