SLENZ Update, No 131, August 24, 2009

The SLENZ PROJECT

“Students can experience the

authenticity of the moment”



Te Wāhi Whānau, The Birth Place, on the SLENZ Project’s Second Life island of Kowhai is a place where midwifery students can experience the authenticity of the moment of labour and birth even if in a virtual world.
A new machinima demonstrating  just how the normal birth scenario works in Te Wāhi Whānau has been produced  by  well-known New York machinima maker, Pooky Amsterdam (pictured right), of PookyMedia,  and directed by Scotland-based Russell (Rosco) Boyd. PookyAmsterdam

Midwifery pilot lead educator Sarah Stewart (SL: Petal Stransky) and SLENZ Project co-leader, Terry Neal (SL: Tere Tinkel) worked with Pooky and Russell to write the script which Russell, working from Scotland,  and Pooky, working from New York, turned into the machinima.

The delightful Kiwi accents were provided by Terry’s whanau or family.

Terry commented after  completion, “It was lots of fun despite the challenge of finding times we were all awake (because of the different time zones)”

The main target audience for the promtional video, according to Terry, is the Otago Polytech and CPIT (Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology) distance students who will be initially using the pilot.

“However, I also think other staff and CEs etc will benefit from watching it,” she said.  “By doing so they will begin to understand the amazing potential of these immersive learning opportunities.”

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  2. [...] For the past couple of years I’ve been aware of the work going on in New Zealand with midwifery training and Second Life, mostly thanks to the updates over at SLENZ. [...]

  3. [...] For the past couple of years I’ve been aware of the work going on in New Zealand with midwifery training and Second Life, mostly thanks to the updates over at SLENZ. [...]

  4. Fascinating article, I’ll use a bit of it as the basis for a research post on my blog, Pixels and Policy, in the morning. I’m fascinated by the potential use of this as a supplement to actual in-hospital delivery training, and what that means for the larger health community.

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