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North Coast TAFE & Virtual Enterprise Australia Project

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Virtual World Workshop sessions – ICTU Annual Conference 2013

Here’s your chance to experience the educational environment in our North Coast TAFE Virtual World with your very own avatar.

“To understand the man, you must first walk a mile in his moccasin.”
North American Indian Proverb

Join Alex Miller for one of three available workshops (see Agenda) on Wednesday November 27th.

Session 1 – 10:30 – 11:15am
Session 2 – 1:00 – 1:45pm
Session 3 – 2:30 – 3:15pm

The session will cover:

  • Quick intro – any questions on the basics (covered in Getting Started)
  • A tour of our North Coast TAFE learning environments and their purpose
  • Basic building of objects in-world (uploading learning resources) using Working in world instructions – virtual world 2013

In order to cover the above, here is a list of things you need to do before the session:

  1. Receive your avatar log-in details from Alex
  2. Using your own laptop (which you will need to bring along to the workshop), work through the Getting Started instructions (already provided), which includes; downloading the software, accessing the grid, moving around, communicating
  3. Download and print the Working in world instructions – virtual world 2013

This is going to be fun! Can’t wait to see you all there.

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Project Update 2 – The Virtual Trade Fair

Are you ready for our Virtual Trade Fair?

Right now we are very busy preparing for our Virtual Trade Fair on Monday May 27th.  The Trade Fair will operate between 11:00 and 13:30 pm.

What will happen?

Students will meet and greet guests at the booths they have been busy designing and conduct trading using virtual currency (‘tokens’) with virtual world guests. Clients and guests include other staff looking at the potential use of virtual worlds in education, business contacts and even some international attendess (think of the money they are saving on flights!!)

How are we preparing for the event?

Students and project members have participated in virtual world training sessions alongside Trade Fair guests, business mentors, Virtual Enterprise Australia staff and interested North Coast TAFE staff.  Currently, students are busy creating booths for virtual trading.  Our business faculty teachers, Deb Kelly & Marie Power are guiding the students with creation of marketing collateral for the booths, brochures for trading, developing presentations and much more.

We’re also busy promoting the event to ensure that we have plenty of virtual visitors to keep our student busy! Here are some images of our spaces and training.

Like our Virtually Hyperconnected Facebook page for Trade Fair information and updates.

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Getting down to business!

Creating lanyards for our avatars in preparation for our Virtual Trade Fair on Monday . What do you think?

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And they’re off!

Training has now commenced in-world with the support of Jo Kay from jokaydiaGRID. Our lovely business students are madly preparing for their Virtual Trade Fair.

Student avatars now need to decide on things like; business attire, booth design, signage, roles and responsibilities for the Trade Fair day, and build their booths.

If you have liked our Virtually Hyperconnected Facebook page, you can see the pics and posts, feedback and comments from the training sessions to date.

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Introducing Hyperconnectivity

Hello out there! Are we hyperconnecting yet? Have you liked our Facebook page?

Some ideas for you for Feb/ March.

  • You could be introducing the idea of hyperconnective learning to students.
  • Get them to like our Facebook page
  • Get them discussing what hyperconnectivity means to them, how do they cope with so much information and media and so many communication channels?
  • Get them discussing the implications (negative & positive) of mixing business with pleasure online? How do they feel about doing that?

Note: These discussions need to take place on our Facebook page, or by using Twitter (if they use it). Perhaps by posing questions to the outside world (VEA & teachers get the business mentors following, commenting, sharing real life business experiences = building relationships)

Please get them to tag everything they discuss online using #virtualhype so I can track it and collate it