Wednesday, December 24, 2008

What am I supposed to do, now? (mvn08)

Well, I never thought I would say this, but I am lost. I was put into group 2 green with two other members which is a great idea since we have so much in common, but it seems that the blind are leading the blind. Maybe it would be wiser to place newbies with more experienced SL members.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Blended Learning and Instruction (Doctoral Research)

After getting negative responses from educators and researchers in institutes of higher learning in my country of residence, I contacted experts in the field of blended learning. I got negative responses from almost all of them saying that one campus would not have 20 willing instructors who use blended learning. I contacted my mentor and got the go to use multiple campuses worldwide and use virtual technologies to conduct the interviews. I am now feeling a lot better and ready to accept volunteers. If you combine e-learning with face-to-face instruction in higher education or know instructors who do and are willing to be interviewed, please let me know or fill in the following form.

Thank you for your help.

Warm wishes,

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Fashion Show and Rehearsals (mvn08)

I went into Muvenation Island to watch the fashion show. I came in on time but time in SL seems to be quite different from time in RL. I sat at one of the tables and waited and waited and waited until I started multitasking. I find that I have been wasting a lot of time waiting for things to happen in SL these past few weeks. I am now wondering whether this is a trend in SL. I am interested in using SL as a tool for instruction and learning. So far, I have been patiently waiting for things to happen. My observations have led me to conclude that SL is more of a show or display of avatars that needs lots of rehearsals. Am I missing something?

I would love to hear about others' experiences.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Storytelling in Second Life For TESOL , PD, and Wikieducator

I have participated in a few weekly Friday meetings in SL. The last 3 sessions have left me confused about my role in these Friday night meetings until I joined Nelba, to learn Spanish. Now, I understand what inspires me in SL. I am interested in learning. I am not interested in small talk unless I gain some learning from the conversation. I apologize for not being able to make up a story of my own to explain how I feel, so instead I will let Brian Sturm tell the story about "Truth and Story":

Truth, naked and cold, had been turned away from every door in the village. Her nakedness frightened the people. When Parable found her she was huddled in a corner, shivering and hungry. Taking pity on her, Parable gathered her up and took her home. There, she dressed Truth in story, warmed her and sent her out again. Clothed in story, Truth knocked again at the doors and was readily welcomed into the villagers' houses. They invited her to eat at their tables and warm herself by their fires.

-- Jewish Teaching Story

Watch the video and listen to Brian Sturm tell the story of the Naked Truth and explain the value of storytelling.

I would like to teach English to speakers of other languages, professional and personal development, and how to collaborate using Wikieducator via storytelling.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

What's the Point of Virtual Worlds?

Virtual Worlds ae Engaging

Virtual worlds are very engaging. I find it very hard to multi-task while in SL.

Freedom to Learn

We need to think, make choices, take responsibility, and the freedom to learn as we want to learn. Isn't learning about making choices? What would happen if learners had a choice on how they learn?

Let's Give Education a Second Life

Education in Second Life

Is SL for Kids Only?

Second Life in Real Life: mvn08

Is this you the next day at the office after a full night on Second Life?