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“Exploring and Designing Virtual Worlds” Now ... - PressForward

“Exploring and Designing Virtual Worlds” Now ... - PressForward | Virtual University: Education in Virtual Worlds | Scoop.it
The eighth issue of the Journal of Digital Humanities is now available online, with options to download as epub, PDF, or iBook. What can we learn from the creation and exploration of a virtual world? The impulse to create ...
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Some great articles in this special issue.

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Ethnography in Virtual Worlds: Observer or Active Participant ...

Ethnography in Virtual Worlds: Observer or Active Participant ... | Virtual University: Education in Virtual Worlds | Scoop.it
Doing ethnographic research on virtual worlds inherently requires becoming a part of that world, as the authors of the virtual worlds ethnographic research handbook point out. While they argue that the field of ethnography ...
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An interesting discussion for those doing research in virtual worlds.

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Peggy Sheehy - WoW in School: The Hero's Journey

After a twenty-five year career as a professional vocalist, Peggy Sheehy received a BS in Musical Performance and Education from Empire State University. She began teaching in 1997 at Mt. Sinai...
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A great video about taking school students into Second Life and World of Warcraft - inspirational!

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Oculus Envisions a Billion-Player Virtual Reality MMO with Facebook - Motley Fool

Oculus Envisions a Billion-Player Virtual Reality MMO with Facebook - Motley Fool | Virtual University: Education in Virtual Worlds | Scoop.it
DeveloperTech Oculus Envisions a Billion-Player Virtual Reality MMO with Facebook Motley Fool MMOs have come a long way since their early days in the 1970s and 1980s, when MMOs were still MUDs (multiplayer user dungeons) -- text-based virtual...
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Can't wait to get my hands on these!

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Worldchanging | Evaluation + Tools + Best Practices: Joichi Ito on World of Warcraft

Worldchanging | Evaluation + Tools + Best Practices: Joichi Ito on World of Warcraft | Virtual University: Education in Virtual Worlds | Scoop.it
An online magazine covering tools, models, and ideas for building a better future.
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A bit old but most of it still holds true!

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Fly like a bird with this simulator - Hypergrid Business

Fly like a bird with this simulator - Hypergrid Business | Virtual University: Education in Virtual Worlds | Scoop.it
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Looks like a lot of fun!

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RejuveNation Island: Attentional Restoration for Pre-Service Teache...

RejuveNation Island was created in Second Life to provide a place where students could relax in an Australian bush landscape and foster their movement and co...
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This is an area that is really under researched and under theorised. I would be interested in hearing your comments about the potential of virtual worlds to act as a restorative environment. Could they be as restful as a woodland?

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VWBPE: Creating Immersive Environments

VWBPE: Creating Immersive Environments | Virtual University: Education in Virtual Worlds | Scoop.it
Ideas, images, videos and SLurls, shared from my VWBPE 2014 workshop, for those who were unable to attend.
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A great resource!

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Are Online Virtual Worlds the Future for Education? - Tiny Planets

Are Online Virtual Worlds the Future for Education? - Tiny Planets | Virtual University: Education in Virtual Worlds | Scoop.it
From blackboards to iPads and chalk to stylus pens, education has undoubtedly been revolutionised by technology.
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Interesting discussion.

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World of Warcraft Inspires Language Arts Course

This Common Core-aligned ELA course for middle and high school is based on the popular role-playing video game.
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Virtual Worlds - Game Changing Philosophies | S...

Virtual Worlds - Game Changing Philosophies | S... | Virtual University: Education in Virtual Worlds | Scoop.it
Slides I gave at IMMERSION10 for the panel on our new thinking about virtual worlds as a superset of gaming/simulation, and as the 3D user interface (#VirtualWorlds | Virtual Worlds - Game Changing Philosophies http://t.co/pH9FYVRKAN...
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History of Virtual Worlds and current applicati...

History of Virtual Worlds and current applicati... | Virtual University: Education in Virtual Worlds | Scoop.it
A quick summary of the history of virtual worlds and their current most interesting applications.
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Another interesting presentation and a trip down memory lane looking at some of those crazy old technologies!

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The Australian and New Zealand Virtual Worlds Working Group: A Coll...

The Australian and New Zealand Virtual Worlds Working Group has an informal membership of nearly 200 members with an interest in education and virtual worlds...
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This describes a highly productive group of virtual world educators and researchers!

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Instructors use role play, virtual worlds to 'flip the classroom ...

Instructors use role play, virtual worlds to 'flip the classroom ... | Virtual University: Education in Virtual Worlds | Scoop.it
Laura Brown, vice provost for undergraduate education, and Carol Grumbach, who uses a virtual world to teach GOVT 3102: Topics in Law & Legal Ethics, also share their insights on student learning and engagement.
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Some great examples for education using role play  in virtual worlds.

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WoWinSchool / FrontPage

WoWinSchool / FrontPage | Virtual University: Education in Virtual Worlds | Scoop.it
Welcome to the World of Warcraft in School/MMO-School Wiki
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The wiki about World of Warcraft in Schools project,

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Analysing the Impact of Web-based, 'Discussion-Support' in the Aust...

'Discussion support’ systems in agriculture are processes which foster discussion between stakeholders about shared issues of concern and may lead to awarene...
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This describes an interesting project to teach sugarcane farmers how to use climate information to make better farming decisions with Second Life machinima.

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Introduction to Second Life for Educators - a Cour... - Second Life

Introduction to Second Life for Educators - a Cour... - Second Life | Virtual University: Education in Virtual Worlds | Scoop.it
The University of San Martin de Porres from Perú is offering a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) called "Introduction to Second Life for Educators". This course is designed to help spanish-speaking educators in the use of ...
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A MOOC about teaching and learning in Second Life for Spanish speakers.

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BbWorld 2014: Opening Keynote - Blackboard Blog

BbWorld 2014: Opening Keynote - Blackboard Blog | Virtual University: Education in Virtual Worlds | Scoop.it
In July at Bbworld 2014 we’re going to reimagine education together – 2,500+ education leaders and practitioners. Who better to kick off our annual conference than one of the world’s foremost visionaries on technology: Joi Ito.
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Joi Ito - a fan of World of Warcraft in education! A man after my own heart!

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Yanis Varoufakis: Virtual Worlds and the Future of Economics - naked capitalism

Yanis Varoufakis: Virtual Worlds and the Future of Economics - naked capitalism | Virtual University: Education in Virtual Worlds | Scoop.it
How video games and virtual worlds will revolutionize the practice of macroeconomics. (Yanis Varoufakis: Virtual Worlds and the Future of Economics: Varoufakis spoke with Senior Editor Peter Suderm...
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An intriguing possibility!

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Evernote Training - Atomic Learning

Evernote Training - Atomic Learning | Virtual University: Education in Virtual Worlds | Scoop.it
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Some great videos to help you learn how to use Evernote effectively.

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Second Life’s Creator Says Virtual Reality Will Go Beyond Games | MIT Technology Review

Second Life’s Creator Says Virtual Reality Will Go Beyond Games | MIT Technology Review | Virtual University: Education in Virtual Worlds | Scoop.it
Hardware like the headset made by Oculus VR will allow virtual worlds to offer person-to-person interactions that compete with real life.
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Open Virtual Worlds: St Kilda

Open Virtual Worlds: St Kilda | Virtual University: Education in Virtual Worlds | Scoop.it
I've recently been working with the University of St Andrews as a research assistant on their Open Virtual Worlds project. Their research team have been developing an interactive virtual model of t...
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'Minecraft' finds a home in schools - Chicago Tribune

'Minecraft' finds a home in schools - Chicago Tribune | Virtual University: Education in Virtual Worlds | Scoop.it
'Minecraft' finds a home in schools Chicago Tribune A game like "Minecraft" might seem better suited for the rec room than the classroom, but more and more teachers are tapping its creative power to educate students in everything from history to...
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Source code for MUD1, the first virtual world, to be released by Stanford ... - PC Gamer Magazine

Source code for MUD1, the first virtual world, to be released by Stanford ... - PC Gamer Magazine | Virtual University: Education in Virtual Worlds | Scoop.it
Source code for MUD1, the first virtual world, to be released by Stanford ...
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Time to relive the MUD! Long live the MUD!

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Activities and Assessments for Virtual Worlds |...

Activities and Assessments for Virtual Worlds |... | Virtual University: Education in Virtual Worlds | Scoop.it
Slides for our poster sessions on activities and assessments for Virtual Worlds for EDUCAUSE and ISTE (#VirtualWorlds | Activities and Assessments for Virtual Worlds http://t.co/TgxUwnrKNT | (@elearninghoje))...
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An interesting and informative presentation!

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