Back from two days in Milton Keynes for ReLIVE08, the Open University’s conference on Researching and Living in Virtual Worlds.
The abstract said that
Roo Reynolds has offered to not pre-prepare any slides for his closing keynote, but instead create a short presentation on the fly during the other sessions. Drawing on the notes and photographs taken
during the conference, he’ll act as a virtual cheat-sheet for the event.
He’ll share his notes, including what he found most interesting and what he’ll take away from it, wrapping up the two days by distilling any key themes and considering what we’ve learned about learning. Perhaps he can pull the threads together into something which will make sense. It makes predicting what he’s going to say particularly tricky, but it could be fun.
The results from this afternoon are embedded below. I’ll let you decide how well I met my (scary, self-imposed) brief. I would say that I didn’t take as many photos as I planned (I either need a better camera or a portable lighting rig), and I ended up trawling my own back catalog of photos to illustrate certain points. Also, I was a smidgen more didactic than I’d intended. I was (and am) very tired. In fact, I was up at 2:30 am this morning pulling together my notes from yesterday. Four hours sleep is not enough for me and perhaps being tired made me more challenging – and less congratulatory – than I could have been.
More importantly, my apologies for only drawing on a very small selection of the papers presented at the conference. With 4 or 5 streams running at once (and especially with the rooms spread across the campus) it just wasn’t possible to see everything. Much of what I did see really impressed me and I really enjoyed the conference.
Update: a video of the presentation, with the slides nicely inter-cut, is now online.
- Videos from Day 1 (be sure to watch Ted Castranova’s opening keynote) and Day 2
- Schome is the project that made me shed a tear
- Simon Bignell aka Milton Broom has some excellent work in psychology. See especially Problem-based Learning in Virtual Interactive Educational Worlds for Psychology (PREVIEW-Psych)
- Sarah aka Intellagirl and her great presentation
- ‘Second Life is not the only fruit’ is the one-sentence summary of the latest snapshot of virtual world activity in UK Higher and Further Education by Virtual World Watch and the Eduserv Foundation. Well worth reading
- More blogs: ReLIVE08 live blog, Niall Sclater, Daniel Livingstone, …
- relive08: Flickr photos, Delicious bookmarks, Twitter search