virtually hyperconnected

North Coast TAFE & Virtual Enterprise Australia Project

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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.

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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

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hello world

Hello world” is normally a phrase used to verify that programming code is working correctly or to illustrate to beginners the most basic syntax of a programming language.

For us it seems that “hello world” is a rather appropriate way to introduce our virtually hyperconnected project blog publicly. This blog is primarily a space for project team members to connect and share project details, experiences, ‘good stuff stories’, issues and media. A space for us to connect, to share and to engage others in our project.

To find out more about this project, check out the About page, or contact one of the project team.