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North Coast TAFE & Virtual Enterprise Australia Project


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We made the news team!

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Our North Coast TAFE Virtually Hyperconnected project made the Manning Times! Woot! Great job Taree business students & teachers and special thanks to our business mentor Meredith Collins – @videosocialcode

Manning River Times - Virtual business with international potential

Manning River Times – Virtual business with international potential

You can read the online article here – http://www.manningrivertimes.com.au/story/1618656/virtual-business-with-international-potential/

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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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What happens when billions of things are connected to the Internet?

The scenario below sounds like a disaster waiting to happen, doesn’t it? Maybe not! What happens when billions of things are connected to the Internet? You get an extra five minutes sleep, your coffee is made and your car is warmed up that’s what will happen!

“While social networks (network of connected people) is reaching saturation, the ‘internet of things‘ (network of connected things, as well as things and people) is gaining tractionBy 2020, there will be 50 billion things connected to the internet! Every person, animal, and thing could be connected.” Digital Deja Vu. 

Here’s a realistic scenario from Cisco’s blog:

A realistic scenario from Cisco's blog showing what may happen in the future when everything was connected.


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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.

Click to Like our Virtually Hyperconnected Facebook page

Like our Virtually Hyperconnected Facebook page


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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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Hyperconnectivity in teaching and learning

Sonya’s research has left her wondering what happens when students connect and collaborate online, what are they missing in real life, what does the time spent online replace? Her projects and research have led her to change the way she thinks about hyperconnectivity and has raised more questions than answers.

Watch the video below to see what you think. I would love to hear from some students about their thoughts on connecting and collaborating online.

“I chose hyperconnectivity because I wanted to investigate how teachers collaborate and connect online, and children, how they collaborate and connect online.”

Sonya Van Schaijik: Hyperconnectivity from EDtalks on Vimeo.