Greetings, NMCers - it's been a while since I've posted anything here, but I have news of potential interest that I hope is appropriate to share here. I am researching the way Nature is represented in virtual worlds, and thought it might be worth blogging about my explorations & observations. At the moment, Virtually Natural just has a couple of inaugural posts to set the tone, which is a sort of David-Attenborough-wakes-up-in-Second-Life sort of thing. I hope you'll ... more » »
About JS Saltwater (aka Joe Clark):
Instructional designer/technologist, environmental communication PhD student, classroom and online teacher, writer, photoblogger, husband of librarian SL addict, father of WoW addicts, Florida boy.
I'm very interested in the affordances of virtual worlds as communication media: paths of instruction, conduits of culture, immersive social milieus, and identity performance-stages.
My contributions to this blog will follow those interests as they play out in SL, especially regarding higher education, representing "nature", and self-presentation.
web site: http://www.jsclark.net
One of the more memorable moments from the conference was during the session put on by Sarah "Intellagirl" Robbins & company. They had a roomful of newbs traipsing around Middletown (where Sarah teaches) in short order, and it was really something to see -- in both worlds. Lots of energy and laughter. For fun, I switched to an Ent avatar and was promptly asked by Ourania Fizgig if she could snap my photo. Turns out I'd met her ... more » »
Raleigh is just coming alive with azaleas and dogwoods surrounding the Friday Institute (whose airy structure would be right at home in SL) where the ELI spring focus session is being held. I managed to meet up with CDB/Alan early on and briefly discuss logistics, and he helped me locate a tech support guy when we discovered that the guest wireless at UNC wasn't open to SL. There was a nice mix of people at my table: from ... more » »
CDB was kind enough to invite me to blog my experiences in the EDUCAUSE ELI session on Immersive Learning Environments that begins tomorrow in Raleigh, so I thought I'd introduce myself. I work at a large state university in Florida, in a center devoted to instructional design and instructional technology for f2f and online learning. It's diverse work, everything from individualized consulting to workshop development & delivery. I've been doing it for the past seven years; before that I ... more » »