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North Coast TAFE & Virtual Enterprise Australia Project


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Virtual Trade Fair event

Congratulations to our wonderful North Coast TAFE business administration students from Taree campus. What a fabulous event!

Led by teachers Deborah Kelly and Marie Power, and supported by their business mentor, Meredith Collins, NCTAFE business administration students students held a Virtual Trade Fair. The Virtual Trade Fair was to replace the physical Trade fair that students are required to develop and host for their course assessment event.

To find media from the event, you can view any off the links below.

Here are some snaps from the day.

You can view more project details and project case study on the National Vet eLearning Strategy Wiki.


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Students up working and collaborating at 1:30am!

Well it’s finally here, tomorrow is our Virtual Trade Fair. North Coast TAFE business students have been busy preparing their booths for some virtual trading and visits from international visitors between 11:00 am and 13:30pm AEST, tomorrow (Monday May 27th). This event forms a major part of their assessment for their business studies and North Coast TAFE. If you haven’t contacted me for a guest avatar and pre-event training, then you’ll miss this amazing event. Luckily though, I shall be recording it, so stay tuned for the video.

What makes this event really special is not just the work that the teachers have put in, but the many, many hours that the students have spent collaborating and working with each other, the teachers, industry contacts and their business mentor, you only have to look at the classes private Facebook group (to which I am lucky to be privy), to see the high level of engagement with this project and its subject matter. It is also evident on our project Facebook page, and tweets (#virtualhype), many of which have been collated on storify (part 3 details the preparation for the Trade Fair).

I have seen this group of students in-world on several occasions late at night, weekends and more recently into the early hours of the morning. So, I am left with some questions that I hope you will add to in the comments below and that the students will respond to honestly (perhaps sometime after the main event).

Questions for the students

  • Why are you working in-world at such unusual hours?
  • Have you engaged in the social media side of your learning? If so, has it affected/ changed the way you learn?
  • Has the industry collaboration added value to your studies?
  • What have you learnt from this experience?
  • What aspect has been the most challenging?
  • How as the reduced number of students/ project participants affected your journey?

Looking forward to reading your questions and responses.


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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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Project Update 1 – Hyper-connected Learning

Things we need to focus on now

#virtualhype our project hashtag

#virtualhype our project hashtag

Social media for connecting, sharing learning, getting support

There are Twitter and Facebook boxes on the reception desks. We can use these to connect with others in social media spaces (as we all are on a daily basis these days) from the in-world environment. We can reach out to:

  • let others in the project, business connections, and mentors know that we are in-world if they want to join us
  • get help and support from other project members
  • share our learning and innovative ideas
  • promote the Virtual Trade Fair
  • ask our networks for ideas

What else can you think  of?

Do you think we could all make an effort to click those boxes every time we go in-world and post to the project Facebook page to say we are in-world? This will let project members know who is in-world and what they are up to and if they need any support. We really need to make use of these tools to promote the Trade Fair.

chillOUTlounge poster

chillOUTlounge poster


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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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Virtually ready!

Image of Alex's avatar sitting in the virtual trade fair

Well we are ‘virtually ready’ to go!

The virtual environment is ready for us to launch with our business students and business mentors. We’ll be curating media, tweets and posts using the tag #virtualhype.

So far we’ve set up:

  • Facebook page (please head over and ‘like’ us) that we can post to from inside the virtual world. We will also be using it as a networking tool for students, business mentors and the VEA team.
  • A project blog  on which we will post project information and stories
  • A curation tool called storify – which will be our tool to share our story, curate posts, tweets and media from other spaces.

* the #virtualhype tag may change as the project has a User Based Design focus (UBD) and the users