Sunday, 29 March 2009

Higher emotional bandwith

Attended the Virtual World Best Practices in Education (VWBPE) conference in Second Life last weekend and went to some excellent sessions. I have decided that I really like virtual conferences as you can participate from the comfort of your sofa/ laptop and the backchat facilities are great. This is especially the case as a presenter - I really liked seeing what other people had to say about what I was talking about, as other audience members had a great deal of expertise in the topic, which added richly to what was discussed. Not that I was particularly adept at dealing with all the threads at once in the backchannel at my talk...I was a bit distracted as my notecard box disappeared and it took me 20 minutes to find it in my inventory as I continued with the talk! I am still a relative newbie when it comes to presenting in SL so thank goodness that the cool and collected (and impeccably dressed) Sheila Yoshikawa was the chair for my session. In the meantime, back to the online MA New Literacies - more virtual learning, but with a lower 'emotional bandwith' than you get with the use of avatars (something I learned at VWBPE!).

1 comment:

Mattiz said...

Hi Jackie,
Do you mind me sharing your Blogs about Second Life in my forum on the eComms course? We had a fantastic seminar day yesterday and it made me wonder whether we could recreate what we achieved in a virtual world such as Second Life.

So far I have not been a big fan of Second Life partly because I do not trust those I might meet and neither do I have the ability to flee from undesirable situation. However a eComms seminar on a safe land could be very interesting.