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Virtual Worlds and Language Learning

A presentation at the Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education conference on the VWLL TESOL EVO. Presented by Graham Stanley, Nick Noakes, Nergiz Kern and Dennis Newson

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Virtual Worlds and Language Learning

  1. 1. Virtual Worlds and Language Learning A six-week expedition from account creation to peer teaching in a virtual world Graham Stanley Nick Noakes Nergiz Kern Dennis Newson
  2. 2. Met And Got Acquainted ...
  3. 3. ... Again ...
  4. 4. ... And Again! 
  5. 5. Challenged Intelligences
  6. 6. Adjusted Perspectives!
  7. 7. Fought Techno Daemons
  8. 8. Burned Midnight & Midday Oil !
  9. 9. Got Outfitted For Travel
  10. 10. Explored Unimagined Spaces ...
  11. 11. Sometimes Alone ...
  12. 12. ... But Mostly Together
  13. 13. ... all this while blogging, commenting, discussing and posting snapshots
  14. 14. Got aMAZEd and Lost in Virtual Space
  15. 15. At Times, Even Lost Our Heads
  16. 16. But Could Always Call For Support
  17. 17. Gained Some Mastery Over The Virtual Kingdom
  18. 18. And Took Flight For Language Learning
  19. 19. Participant Feedback “I wish I had had more “Well, I never felt alone in time to learn from other this process. There were people, but I'm happy we always friendly people are able to stay in touch” willing to help” “The moderators put on “Finally, the team teaching lots of great events and practice really enabled me tried hard to include to apply what I've learned everyone - both by having and more concretely think repeats of events at about teaching in SL. The different times and by collaborative environment encouraging people to as a team also enhanced join discussions.” my learning”
  20. 20. Participant Feedback “Perhaps improved notes “I couldn't use voice so and/or more practice on this was quite frustrating managing own avatar and sometimes. I was using a the in-world around us.” mini laptop so I couldn't do much there.” “Working this course into a busy schedule is “Time difference was an issue. If I difficult, especially attended the training session during because events were my office hour and had to talk to my offered at times I could students, I was lost by the time I got not attend. I know this is back to my computer. That's why an inherent difficulty of weekend sessions were better. You quot;globalquot; courses, and I might want to give us the topics and think the facilitators did different time slots and go with the the best they could to time that got the largest number of offer multiple sessions.” votes. ”
  21. 21. Advice to Future … Participants Facilitators “Get them active early” “Get active early” “Keep on giving what they have done “Have fun and enjoy the ride. Be so far.” prepared to learn a lot.” “U Rock! Keep up the great work!” “Jump in!” “Be prepared for hard work and long hours” “Just do it” “Facilitators were excellent. You need “Go for it... don't be a chicken ... to push and wake up sleeping open your mind and be participants through amazed by creativity...” emails/personal emails instead of group. Personal emails have its “Spare TIME. Without giving 2 hrs own effect. It seems that daily, you would learn nothing someone is looking at you as in from this workshop.” physical class”
  22. 22. Plan to Continue in SL? In what way(s)? • Yes – 87% “Sharing ideas, participating in workshops, meeting • Maybe – 9% with SL mentors, visiting educational places, • No – 4% attending educational lectures.” “I would like to participate in continued discussions about resources and instructional ideas / experiences. The forums that have already begun are a great starting point.” “Will try to take my students for a few tours when I'm ready; then pursue according to my students' feedback.” “Teaching” “Collaborative way, small experiments on the use of SL for learning”
  23. 23. Activity Trends - During and After the Workshop
  24. 24. Virtual Worlds & Language Learning