Tuesday, February 7, 2012

FREE Webinar: Feb 14th, 2PM- Improving Female Participation in STEM with Virtual Worlds

Who : OCCDLA Emergent Technology Work Group in partnership with the Emergent Learning Commons present Jim Bailey, CS Faculty, Lane CC and Dr. Jonathon Richter, U of O Center for Advanced Technology in Education.

What: Presenting their findings of a 3 year $450k NSF grant funded study which explores the use of Second Life in community college computer science curriculum. Initial data shows an improvement in female enrollment in CS introductory courses, as well as gains in female participation in programming courses beyond the initial CS sequence.

Where: Online Webinar in Elluminate (https://sas.elluminate.com/m.jnlp?sid=2010305&password=M.98E610CA647B17234D41DB779345A1 ) Room will be available 30 minutes before and after the presentation

When: Tuesday, February 14th, 2:00 PM PST for 1 hour.

Why: This phase of the NSF grant requires exploration of partnerships to expand the use of curriculum that has been implemented and improves STEM female participation. Jim and Jonathon are looking for educators (K-20) who are interested in collaborating on using their grant developed curriculum to improve female participation in STEM curriculum.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Avatar Help Sessions

If you are an instructor in the Oregon Community College system and are considering exploring the integration of virtual worlds into your curriculum, you are welcome to stop by our open instructor avatar skills building sessions on Oregon Community Colleges Isle.

We post our schedule a week in advance on the island calendar :

Note: We don't schedule assistance times during the first week, finals week or during breaks (spring break, for example).

So if you're looking for advice, assistance, practice, content help, ideas? Bring your questions by the sandbox! One of us is available during posted times.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Arts & Education Film Festival- On Now!

Happening now in the Sky Box Theater!
Bring a colleague or invite new virtual friends to join you for a shared viewing of a playbill that selects presentations that will get you thinking about the possibilities of Second Life. In the Sky Box Theater above Oregon Community Colleges Isle, we’re screening a collection of videos that focus on Second Life - it’s current state and future pedagogical possibilities.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Island Update

It's finals week for most of our Oregon Community Colleges, and as we get ready to break away for a breather, I've produced a brief Island update for the OCCDLA. Though we haven't been blogging much, a lot has been happening with the project. (As a side note, we at PCC are also migrating our learning management system from Blackboard to Desire2Learn... busy times!)

Remember- if you are a faculty, staff or student in the Oregon Community Colleges system and would like to use virtual worlds in your curriculum, for an event, or maybe even for student group meetings, let us know- we're happy to help you! Our Monday 2PM meeting at the OR CC Isle camp fire is a great place to drop in and share your ideas.

Where we were:
  • Summer 2007- OCCDLA Emergent Tech Workgroup Formed, Team ID’d.
  • April 2008 - Purchase of Island in Second Life
  • 2008-2009 - Development of Island & Basic Resources (Blog, main Website, Calendar, Island Council meetings, etc.)
  • 2009-2010 - Pilots, Ongoing Development of Island resources (Library, Public Events)

Where we are:
  • 2010-2011- In third year of three year exploration pilot
  • Establishing Student Services
  • Exploring HS Completion & Student Success & Retention
    • Supporting HS students using Second Life in their current curriculum migrating from the Teen Grid as it is being shut down in early January 2011.
  • Training Instructors to use Virtual Worlds and how to integrate Second Life into their course events, and how to assess the outcomes of those events.
  • Developing instruction for students- Virtual Worlds Skills (Spring 11)
  • Exploring Clinical Simulations and Virtual Worlds for OCNE
  • Ongoing course events throughout the year
    • BI 202- Botany- Indigenous Flora- Students of BI 202 help populate Oregon Community Colleges Isle with greenery by collecting images of native plants in the field
    • ED 206- Students in the Library Assistant program are introduced to Second Life and how this technology fits into the greater Ed. Tech. toolkit
    • PHL 201- The Philosophy Garden- Our most advanced/immersive use of Second Life. From a launch point on Oregon Community Colleges Isle, students are teleported to Plato’s cave, where they begin their journey from the darkness of ignorance to the light of the Philosophy Garden. Once there, a walk through the garden introduces them to seven historical western philosophers
  • Arts Events available to an international audience
    • ArtBeat 2010
    • 2010 Student Kickoff Party featuring Chervona, a Portland folk band

Where we’re going:
  • Oregon Immersive Education Initiative
    • Multi-Institutional partnership within Oregon Ed. System (K-20 proposed), including Oregon Center for Advanced Technology in Education (U of O) Teaching Across the Curriculum (OSU), OCCDLA
    • Coordinated program development statewide
    • Programs designed to support students throughout their academic careers in an effort to encourage college enrollment
  • Next 3 years- Second Life/OpenSim Duality
    • OpenSim not yet mature enough to directly migrate, but rapidly developing
    • EDU groups mass migrating to the OpenSim Hypergrid, which allows for an interconnection between independent virtual worlds, making communication and inventory sharing possible.
    • Second Life ending EDU discounts in 2 years. (prompted mass migration)
    • Offering uninterrupted service for courses currently using or developing course events/public programs/high school completion etc. events that use virtual worlds
  • Exporting Content out of Second Life to Open Standards
  • Eventual Migration to all open content/open standards/open tools by default.
    • Blender and SketchUp for Content Development
    • OpenSim Platform
    • All Content registered .CC Creative Commons- Non-Commercial (Attribution) and cataloged/shared via clive.merlot.org

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Oregon Immersive Ed Days

Just returning to campus from Oregon Immersive Ed Days, the inaugural meetup of statewide educators and affiliated groups working in virtual spaces. We're all working toward greater collaboration, and this meetup was a great kick off to those efforts.

Though Oregon focused in name, truly we're an open group and had participants from out of state in attendance enriching our tribe. We're working in tandem with many other groups at the moment all the way to the international level looking at the future of immersive education. If you are interested in joining our group, we would love to add your input and energy to the collective- just email jonathonrichter at gmail dot com, and he will add you to our listserv. Also, check out the wiki- I've just posted notes from Saturday's planning session at http://immersiveoregon2010.wikispaces.com/.

My notes from the individual presentation sessions if you'd like to check them out can be found at http://bit.ly/oied2010_Notes .

Getting a chance to link up with others around the region who understand these technologies for teaching and learning and dreaming about how together we can take greater leaps forward than alone was truly a treat. Though avatars are a great for when you can't get together, there's nothing like bantering possibilities over a pint and slice of pizza to get to the heart of a groups challenges.

To the future: here it is, now! :)

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Chervona Party- Happening NOW!

Come join us on OR CC Isle til 8PM Tonight- Russian folk rock band Chervona is rockin' it streaming NOW!

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Kick off the school year with Chervona!

Come join us Sunday, October 10th from 5:30-8:00 for a bit of FREE social R&R as we welcome PDX's very own Balkan party band 'Chervona' for their first performance in the Metaverse! We'll be streaming a live show recording that Chervona has made available to us specially for this event.

"Mixing together taste and passion of the best Gypsy, Russian, Ukrainian, klezmer and Balkan musical traditions, Chervona brings the fire of Eastern European carnivals to the land of America. With their authenticity and genuine fire Chervona has stolen many hearts."

We're honored and delighted to have the band playing for us at our kick off party for students, faculty and friends of Oregon Community Colleges Isle. If you've never enjoyed the sounds of Chervona, head on over to http://www.reverbnation.com/tunepak/2457609 to get excited about hearing them get their Gypsy jam on! Also see http://www.starbugs.com/chervona/ if you want to know more about this fabulous band.

We'll be partying in the Sandbox Cafe: http://bit.ly/ORCCIsle_Cafe

Want to join us and don't yet have a Second Life account? Get a free one at http://secondlife.com, and then check the island calendar for drop-in help times available throughout the week- you can find it here: http://bit.ly/ORCCIsle_calendar

See your pixels on the 10th!