SLENZ Project progress
Gearing up for RL
Gearing up for a face-to-face meeting in Wellington, New Zealand, in two weeks time ( March 23-24) the SLENZ Project team is now moving steadily forward with its three pilot programmes – Foundation learning, Midwifery and Orientation – according to joint project leader, Terry Neal (SL: Terre Tinkel) in her latest project update.
With co-leader Dr Clare Atkins (SL: Arwenna Stardust) she expects to be able to post the agenda for the face-to-face meeting early next week.
Speaking about the individual pilot programmes Neal reported that Foundation learning lead educator Merle Lemon (Pictured at right, SL: Briarmelle Quinetessa) , of Manakau Institute of Technology, had written a context and learning design for Foundation Stage 1 (blog, best in Firefox, describes the foundations students and the issues simply and extremely well: http://briarmelle.edublogs.org/2009/02/26/foundation-education-context/ )with work to begin on the build (http://slurl.com/secondlife/Kowhai/138/177/26 ) shortly. The Foundation pilot group plans to hold an in-world meeting at 9am on March 17 with the aim of understanding potential access issues for fellow educators in the programme and to give them an opportunity to provide feedback on the learning design and as much of the build as is completed.
Briarmelle Quintessa & Toddles Lightworker
Neal said that work on the in-world build for Midwifery Stage 1 had been delayed by challenges in deciding which items to include in the birthing unit for Stages 1 and 2 and by finding suitable images. As a result team members Deborah Davis and Leigh Blackall, project learning designer (SL: Leroy Post) had even visited a local hospital to take pictures.
“Then,” Neal said, “we have had challenges in where to put the images and how Aaron [Aaron Griffths (SL: Isa Goodman), project lead developer], can access them – all part of our process development. Hopefully, these are resolved now and Aaron, Clare and Todd ( Cochrane, SL: Toddles Lightworker and project developer), can make good progress on the build in the next week.”
The midwifery team, Neal said, had organised an interview session for the video that was being made “to engage” tutors and learners before they entered Second Life, while Sarah Stewart (Pictured lower right, SL: Petal Stransky and midwifery pilot lead educator) and Blackall had begun developing lesson plans. At the same time Davis and Stewart had devised labels for the various objects which would be in the birthing unit. A feedback session for the pilot’s educators has been organised for March 2o.
Birthing unit … decisions on wall colours/covering and furniture
Commenting on the Orientation pilot, Neal, noting that Blackall had put up a wiki with a list of agreed skills for orientation, asked SLENZ team members again for links to other good orientation packages. The
place to do this is the Googledoc for orientation linked from the one stop shop SLENZ blog as the Context Summary Document-Orientation ( http://slenz.wordpress.com/slenz-project/project-processes).
Neal said the protocols for the evaluation of the project were still being determined.
Concluding, Neal hoped the introduction of the “one-stop shop page (for “understanding our process and accessing the various documents we are creating to communicate with one another”) in the SLENZ blog would help team members all feel they could navigate “through our many files more easily and help us differentiate between ‘thinking out loud’ and ‘decisions’.
“I want to echo Clare’s ‘thank you for your patience’ message,” Neal said. ” We have some minor tweaking still to do, such as linking to images effectively, but we have made a lot of progress beyond where we were
two months ago. Clare and I both believe our discussions to date have helped us create something that will work well for the rest of our project, and beyond.