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Virtual World Best Practices in Education Conference

You may be interested in attending the above event and talking about your work in virtual worlds.


Added by Gary Motteram on March 24, 2013 at 11:30 — 1 Comment


Heike Philp is presenting the AVALON project at IATEFL today.

Added by Gary Motteram on April 16, 2011 at 10:54 — No Comments

Welcome to all our new members from Australia

Hi All

Welcome to all those who have recently joined us from Australia, I guess that this may be related Luisa Panichi's recent broadcast on Australian radio about 2nd Life and our project. Can people tell us if that's the case?

If you are teachers, you may want to join our teachers group.



Added by Gary Motteram on April 3, 2011 at 12:30 — 5 Comments

Last night's teachers meeting

A small group of us met up last night on the newly revamped Edunation III, we talked quite a lot about the differences between 2nd Life and Open Sim and the desire of educators to try to make language learning more active using MUVEs. The basic differences were thought to be the fact that on Second Life you belong to a community, more like in real life, whereas Open Sim is back to the closed world of the classroom.

Helen Myers talked about the way that she shows activity in Second Life… Continue

Added by Gary Motteram on December 4, 2010 at 9:05 — No Comments

A PCE at Online EDUCA

The AVALON team working along with colleagues from the NIFLAR, ST.ART and AVATAR projects conducted a full day PCE -- 'Online pedagogies in practice' at Online EDUCA. For more details of the event see the Online EDUCA website.

Added by Gary Motteram on December 2, 2010 at 15:21 — No Comments

Overview of European projects with interests in Second Life

SLanguages Conference 2010 presentation from:

Gerhilde Meissl-Eghart [Yvonne Handrick]*, Maja Pivec [Maja Yazimoto] about AVATAR; Beata Hola [Beata Ruben] about Talk-with-me

*Names in 2nd Life

Access the video

(46 mins)…


Added by Gary Motteram on October 17, 2010 at 20:00 — No Comments

Photos on Flikr from SLanguges 2010

Hi All

You can look at photos from the SLanguges Conference 2010 by going here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/tags/slang10/.

If you post pictures, video, blogs, please use the hash tags for the conference: #slang2010 and #vlang for any year round posts about teaching and learning languages in virtual spaces.


Added by Gary Motteram on October 17, 2010 at 11:02 — No Comments

Feedback from SLanguages 2010

Please fill in our survey for the conference.


Added by Gary Motteram on October 16, 2010 at 10:30 — No Comments

The outline programme for SLanguages 2010 is now online

Hi All

There is a link to the timetable for the SLanguages Conference on the Events page. Please sign up if you are planning to come to give us a better sense of numbers.


Added by Gary Motteram on October 11, 2010 at 10:18 — No Comments

Visit to Arcachon

Went on a fascinating tour of the Arcachon island in 2nd Life today. Starting in the square with a fountain, the Mairie and some traditional French toilets!! We learned that this town and its surroundings are famous for their oysters (although not the best, because the waters are too warm) and their wine (no surprise there :-)), but also that pate de fois gras is produced in the region. Lots of nice cultural detail: I was reminded of the fact the the Landes were created by Napoleon, a fact that… Continue

Added by Gary Motteram on August 4, 2010 at 14:39 — 14 Comments

AVALON Project Interim Evaluation

Hi All

I wonder if you could all help us by filling in the following two questionnaires:

http://personalpages.manchester.ac.uk/staff/gary.motteram/AVALON_Evaluation_SL.doc (this one is about events in 2nd Life and could be courses that you have attended as well as more general events we advertise here);…


Added by Gary Motteram on July 26, 2010 at 16:30 — No Comments

Teacher support group

We met for a fourth time last night as a combined group and you can read about the the two topics we discussed: Language learning in old Berlin and Recording 2nd Life here: http://slexperiments.pbworks.com/Weekly-Meetings-11-September-2009-~~

Added by Gary Motteram on July 22, 2010 at 9:35 — No Comments

Adding personal photos

Thanks to everyone who has shown an interest and joined our NIng. Can I ask everyone to put up a picture. It would be nice for this to be one a 'real picture', but I realise that we won't get this from everyone :-)

Added by Gary Motteram on March 4, 2009 at 6:47 — 3 Comments

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