Yesterday was the first day – or rather pre-conference day – of Online Educa 2007. I spent the whole day at something called Sputnic Forum. (Sputnic Webpage) The theme of this forum was ‘Promoting Collaboration Through New Educational Technologies’. It covered four topics: Virtual Mobility, Social Software applications, Streaming Video and Video-conferencing.
Even though the topics in themselves are very relevant to a lot of the activities I’m currently involved in at work back home and even though there were round table talks in the afternoon the seminar didn’t really have the practical orientation that I was looking for. Well, never mind, everything can’t please everyone. And thanks to the free wifi access provided by the conference organizers, I had the opportunity to check out more in detail some of the stuff that I found most interesting during the day:
Prof. Gilly Salmon from University of Leicester, UK, talked about Media Zoo, an a media learning initiative that I found interesting:
“The Media Zoo provides a supportive, exclusive to staff, experimental environment to facilitate transfer of understanding of the design of learning activities using learning technologies.” Media Zoo is building a Second life presence due to be officially launched as of the 18th of December:
Twofour Learning and The University of Leicester welcome you to the Media Zoo Island. This immersive Second Life environment is a new exciting digital platform where students and academics can share and experience learning in a completely new way. Designed as a place for research to gather data on social interaction, behaviour and the importance of learning in a virtual 3D environment. We would like to invite you to the launch of the Media Zoo Second Life Island on the 18th Dec 2007 at 4pm GMT til 6pm GMT.
SLurl yourself to the Madia Zoo in Second life and check it our for yourself!
VENUS offers seminars for interested citizens and students all over Europe, in a virtual way. The seminars are broadcast through videoconferencing to 8 different locations in Europe and through the online streaming to the whole world
During one of the session of the Sputnic Forum a book called “Creating new opportunities for learning: How to Organize International Seminars Open to Citizens Using Advances in ICT” was handed out. I”m sure that it can be useful as a resource of documentation for all of us planning to do something in the field of video-conferencing and e-learning.