Mid-project workshop, mid-term progress
Eyes on the Smartboard … joint project leader Terry Neal (SL Tere Tinkel) and developer Todd
Cochrane (SL: Toddles Lightworker) follow progress on the Smartboard. In the background,
learning designer, Leigh Blackall (SL Leroy Post) and lead educator Merle Lemon
(SL: Briarmelle Quintessa).
A two-day workshop in Wellington has firmed up the SLENZ Project timeline, sorted niggling build problems and priorities, as well as signaling the end of communication problems which appeared to be hindering the early stages of the project.
With stage 1 of the midwifery pilot to begin operation under the direction of lead educator Sarah Stewart (SL: Petal Stransky) mid-June and stage 2 mid-July, on-campus tutor/student orientation is due to begin in May. The tutors from the polytechnics involved in the Foundation Learning pilot led by Merle Lemon will begin orientation with a face-to-face meeting in July in preparation for a September/October launch.
Both groups, however, plan to hold a number of “spontaneous” in-world meetings with-in their separate pilot groups in the lead-up to the formal orientation process and tutor training. These meetings will also allow them to experience, in an “avatar hands-on” fashion, the structures/animations created by (and under the supervision) of lead developer Aaron Griffiths (SL: Isa Goodman) and provide grassroots feedback where necessary.
On the communication front it was noted that joint project leader Dr Clare Atkins’ (SL: Arwenna Stardust) resolution of team’s communications into the SLENZ Project Development googledocs – as the official working and final documents – with direct access from the SLENZ Update blog had obviated much of the confusion which has surrounded the previous proliferation of semi-official communication channels. Atkins stressed again the value of each and every member using the googledocs system to update group thinking.
Cochrane also briefed team members on SLOODLE/MOODLE as a useful on-going in-world resource and tool for educators.
“Foundations” – an initial rough concept sketch of
what is needed for Foundation Learning
The team agreed that as the Project was publicly-funded every effort should be made to ensure all documents were open to the public and/or under Creative Commons License and that all items commissioned and built for project should be “full perms”. It was noted that the “basic builds” with full functionality and full perms, once completed, would be available from a “vendor” for free public usage.
Besides her meeting room build on Kowhai Lemon is investigating using holodecks for specific interviewing scenarios such as, Police recruiting interviews, hospitality industry recruiting interviews, nursing and teacher interviews. She plans to use roleplay as part of her tutor training as well.
There also was some discussion of the team’s direction once the project has been completed and evaluated by year end.
The final meeting of the SLENZ Project Team is planned for August/September with evaluation of the project planned for October/November.