The Birthing Unit – Te Wahi Whanau
Video is a great introduction
The SLENZ Project’s Birthing Unit – Te Wahi Whanau – has been given a great introduction with the release on April 30 of a a video which explains simply and cogently why and how the pilot midwifery project has evolved.
“I think it is brilliant and I am just so excited,” Dr Deborah Davis, principal lecturer, School of Midwifery, Otago Polytechnic, Dunedin, said in announcing the release of the pilot project video on the SLENZ List. “In just seven minutes a lot of information gets imparted; both about the importance of birth environment and about the project. It is going to be a great little resource and “taster” and I am sure it will make interested people want to find out more.”
The first public showing of the video was scheduled to take place at the Open University in Delhi, where it was to be presented by joint SLENZ Project leader, Terry Neal (SL: Tere Tinkel). The lead educator for the pilot is Sarah Stewart (SL: Petal Stransky).
The video, originally conceived and pushed by SLENZ learning designer Leigh Blackall (pictured below right, SL: Leroy Post), was produced by Blackall (audio recording and editing) and SLENZ lead developer, Aaron Griffiths (pictured above right, SL: Isa Goodman) (video images and editing). Blackall is currently working on a comic to go with the video as part of the introduction to the Otago Polytechnic project.
The project has been designed to determine how multi-user virtual environments (MUVEs) might benefit New Zealand education and how this can best be done. Using the multi-user virtual environment Second Life, it aims to delineate and demonstrate to New Zealand educators and students the educational strengths or otherwise of learning in a virtual world.