RECORDING OF UWA TOUR AND PANEL OF UNIVERSITIES: href="http://lancelot.emea.acrobat.com/p64451299/ (1h 42min)

This round table discussion started with a tour at the University of Western Australia, which is one of the star universities in Second Life with their innovative campus program and famous 3D arts exhibits by their students. UWA is shortlisted for a Linden prize because of their outstanding innovative ways of using Second Life. It is a combination of real life reproductions of the University building and the famous Sunken Garden, a place in Australia famous for the many RL weddings taking place. By reproducing these gardens in Second Life, UWA hopes to bridge the gap from what Australians are familiar with, to the postmodern look and feel of Second Life art and science displays on the virtual ground. After the 30min tour, we met on AVALON Learning island for the panel discussion.

Monash University, Melbourne Australia, Scott Grant [Xilin Yifu]
University of Western Australia [JayJay Zifanwe]
Freie Universität Berlin, Dr. Undine Frömming [Augenblick Winkler], Germany
Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan, Dr. Pawel Topol [Pawlus Twine], Poland
Dublin Institut of Technology, John O’Connor [Accupa Tae]
1 VirtualVision [Micheal Armundsen], Australia





David Richardson is a Junior Lecturer in English at Linnaeus University, based in Kalmar in south-eastern Sweden. He has been teaching English for over thirty years, twenty of which have been spent teaching at Swedish universities, but he has also taught in countries as diverse as Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Angola and Trinidad and Tobago. David has been using ICT to deliver courses since 1981 and he currently uses technologies and programs such as Adobe Acrobat Connect Pro, Moodle and Second Life on active courses. He was a member of the original Kamimo Islands Project in 2007 (a Norwegian-financed project which has created two educational island environments in Second Life) and has been teaching Linnaeus University's course in spoken business English there each term since Spring 2008.



Jay Jay Jegathesan [JayJay Zifanwe]

Jay Jay Jegathesan is manager of the School of Physics at the University of Western Australia (UWA). He is also the founder of the UWA presence in 3D virtual space (Second Life, Google Earth, etc.). Winner of the 2008 Google Earth 'Build your Campus in 3D' Challenge and shortlisted into the top 10 for the 2010 Linden prize, Jay Jay and his team have been driven by expanding the focus on Teaching, Research, Art & Architecture in Virtual Worlds.




Scott Grant [Xilin Yifu] is a graduate of Monash University with Bachelor of Economics and a Master of Translation Studies degrees. He is currently working on his PhD thesis on teaching language and culture in virtual worlds. The working title is “Getting Immersed in Chinese”. Prior to commencing his teaching and academic career at Monash University, Scott spent 7 years living, studying and working in China. Scott has taught Chinese language and culture at tertiary level for more than ten years. He also taught translation (Chinese<>English) for a number of years at post-graduate level and is a professionally qualified translator. He has been developing and implement language and culture lessons and a Chinese-themed learning environment in Second Life for the last two and a half years. Scott has developed a Chinese-themed virtual leaning environment in Second Life on Chinese Island at Monash University 2. In line with constructivist / social-constructivist education principles, this environment has been purpose designed for the learning of Chinese language and culture both synchronously and asynchronously. In language acquisition terms, the environment constitutes a 'rich mediated interactive environment' that together with the purpose-designed lessons, lesson content and pedagogy are integrated into the existing formal undergraduate curriculum. The virtual environment & associated lessons are also closely integrated with Moodle, both directly via Sloodle and in parallel. The 'environment' also includes a sophisticated non-player character system that has been purpose-designed and developed and used in a range of lessons to date. Both the general environment and the NPC system are under ongoing development and collaboration and suggestions warmly welcomed.




Undine Froemming [Augenblick Winkler] is Junior Professor at the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology at Freie Universität Berlin, Germany. She is the head of the Master Program in Visual and Media Anthropology. contact: fromming[at]zedat.fu-berlin.de
Homepage M.A. Program : http://www.master.fu-berlin.de/visual-anthropology/


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