CDB Barkley (aka Alan Levine) : Feb 4, 2009 12:37am
Can you believe it has been so long since we ran ain in world interview? Would you believe my dog at my microphone? Hmmm, I did not think so.
Speaking of a while ago, many of you probably recall fondly the May 2007 Best Practices in Second Life Conference. Completely organized by volunteers, SLBPE was a 24 hour marathon of learning, and logged well over 1400 avatars participating.
Today we spoke to Phelan Corrimal (aka Kevin Feenan) of Rockcliffe University, who has taken on the fearless task of organizing the follow-up to that event- the Virtual Worlds – Best Practices in Education Conference, which will take place March 27-29. 2009.
Interview with Phelan Corrimal (14.9 Mb MP3, 16:16).
Pheland shared that plans are moving along nicely, with about 35 people from around the world already volunteering to help run the conference, and many SL organizations have stepped up to support the event. The Call for Proposals is open now through the end of February.
Like the previous conference, this will be a free event for attendees. Since the running of the 24 hour conference took a heavy toll on ther organizers (with pre-conference tasks and post-conference wrap up, many people went sleepless for 48+ hours), this conference will be spread over 3 days, but with hours that should be friendly to a round the world audience– According to Phelan, there is someone from Brazil organizing a Portuguese track
The conference plans to be spread across up to 16 sims, with audio/video streamed hopefully across the conference areas as well as outside Second Life.
If you are involved or interested in teaching and learning in Second Life, definitely make plans to attend this conference! It looks to be as big and exciting as the first one.