(Coventry University Research into Learning in Immersive Educational Worlds) Learning Innovation Applied Research Group Leverhulme-funded project (£513,000) To examine staff and students’ conceptions of and decisions about the way in which they teach and learn at the socio- political boundaries of reality. 1.Students’ experiences of learning in immersive worlds. 2.Pedagogical design. 3.Learner identity.
1.Child nursing 2.Issues in the workplace 3.Ethnicity and diversity 4.Health and social care management
What is going on here today? 1)PIVOTE strand 2)Theatre and Performance 3)Language learning in SL 4)Preparing students 5)Technology tips: Sloodle, VPs, 6)Exemplars: engineering, sims, crisis management 7)Stuckness 8)Design issues: innovations
Virtual spaces, embodiment and presence Multimodality, practices and identity work Pedagogic potential/affordances Institutional semiotics of SL Emotion, immersion and proxemics Need for criticality and qualitative inquiry
Some thoughts... Right now are we just inside a computer programme? Your appearance now is what we call residual self image. It is the mental projection of your digital self This isn’t real? What is real? How do you define real? If you were talking about what you can feel, what you can small, and taste and see, then real is simply electrical signals interpreted by your brain
The Matrix suggests the possibility that the deletion of our digital identities could turn us into ‘non-persons’... but perhaps a more accurate idea would be one of becoming changelings, rather than deletions
One of the most well known examples is the changeling boy in Midsummer Night’s Dream over whom Oberon and Titania fight (Shakespeare, 1590) He exists at the borderlands of human and fairy kind. The play itself explores issues at the margins - where power and rules change and often breakdown
Perhaps SL identities, like the changeling boy in the play, are seen as insubstantial components of learning in higher education, but are at the same time sources of conflict and locations of indeterminacy for those who teach in the borderlands. Perhaps... Perhaps not –perhaps we might find out today!