DATE: Wed., Mar. 30
TIME: 5:30 p.m. PDT (SLT)
TOPIC: Blended Learning
LOCATION: Floria’s Retreat, Automaton (178, 80, 29) in Second Life (IM Floria Beaumont for a TP.)
We’ll follow up the Sloan-C Blended Learning Conference & Workshop with a roundtable discussion. Bring your enthusiasm, experience, ideas, and questions.
We’ll also discuss future topics and events.
I’m hoping to revive SL-NET this spring. I haven’t had time or energy to do much with it the last year because of my mother’s illness and death.
Our first activity for 2009 will be a brown bag discussion on Fri., Jan. 9, at 11:00 a.m. SLT (PST) at my castle. We’ll plan to end at noon.
I thought we could discuss Twitter and other microblogging tools: what they are, how they work, and how they can be used for classes and professional development. If you have other ideas, let me know. We can certainly pick another topic that day.
Members of SL-NET and other educators using Second Life (SL) have been invited by the Sloan Consortium to participate in planning and developing their two new islands in SL.
The intial meeting is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. SLT on Tues., Aug. 26, on Sloan Consortium 1 in SL.
For more information, go to the main page of SL-NET’s Ning social network.
SL-NET also has a mailing list and a group in SL:
- To join the SL-NET group in Second Life, use the Search function in SL to find the group, and then click on the Join button. There is no cost for joining.
Fri., Apr. 4
12:00 noon PDT
Floria’s Castle (IM Floria Beaumont for a TP.)
We can discuss different course management systems or how to adapt a traditional course to an online or blended format.
On Friday, SL-NET held its first professional development activity. Shaun and the other committee members did a great job pulling it together. CDB Barkley and Max Chatnoir talked about what educators are currently doing in Secondlife. At one point, we had about 35 “people” present.
There are more pictures available at the SL-NET website.
SL-NET had our first activity Friday night, a dance party at the Sloan-C site in Second Life. The picture gives a good idea of the set up and shows one of the avatars the chair of the Social Networking Committee wore during the evening.
To facilitate communication within SL-NET and with people outside it, I set up a mailing list hosted by FreeLists, started an SL-NET group in Second Life, and created a Google calendar for scheduling our events.
Anyone can subscribe to the mailing list by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with ‘subscribe’ in the Subject field.
Someone can join the SL-NET group in Second Life by using the Search function to find the group, and then clicking on the Join button.
The Google calendar is public. Anyone interested in our events may open it in a browser or subscribe to the feed.
We’re also looking into ways to provide forums for RL discussion.
I think both meetings of SL-NET (Second Life – Networking Education and Technology) this last week went pretty well. I took the snapshot at the brainstorming session Wednesday night. People had a chance to meet and discuss topics of interest. One thing that came out of the meetings was an enthusiastic group of members interested in effective practices using SL and other technology. I hope to see some interesting things come from them.
Nearly twice as many people as I expected showed up for the organizing committee meeting on Friday. I think we got a lot done, but it’s really hit home how different holding a meeting is in SL compared to RL. I’m waiting for reports from some of the committee chairs before I send out a report.
I wasn’t able to take any snapshots at the meeting Friday. However, Topher Zwiers did, and he’s posted about the meeting on his blog. There’s a link to more pictures near the end of his post.