A NEW START FOR 2010
NZ virtual world group off
the ground and running …
and Briarmelle Quintessa.
Fourteen leaders in virtual world education in New Zealand attended the inaugural meeting earlier this week of the New Zealand Virtual World Group (working name) on the NMIT island of Koru in Second Life.
The meeting, chaired by Dr Clare Atkins (SL: Arwenna Stardust), one of the joint leaders of the recently-completed SLENZ Project, was attended by university, polytechnic and others with interested in New Zealand virtual world education.
Besides SLENZ Project joint leader Terry Neal (SL: Tere Tinkel) the University of Auckland’s Scott Diener (SL: Professor Noarlunga), and multi-media improv dance exponent, Mike Baker (SL: Rollo Kohime) the attendance also included educators from the United Kingdom and Tasmania.
The inaugural meeting, which was mainly an introductory session, set four items for discussion at the first working meeting which will be held at the KiwiEds’ meeting place on Koru at 10am New Zealand time next Monday.
The agenda items include:
- Confirmation of the initial agreement that the group should be non-institutional i.e. a consortium of individuals committed to formal and informal educational initiatives in Virtual Worlds.
- Group Structure: Determination of how the group should be structured and whether it should be informal or formal,not-for-profit, charitable or commercial of something else and the roles which individuals could play in the group (positions) as well as tasks.
- Steering Group: Discussion of the possibility/necessity of establishing a “Steering Group” and who should be on it.
- Group Name: Discussion and determination of a Group name.
Besides those already listed among the SL names at the first meeting were: Toddles Lightworker (Weltec), CiderJack Applemore, Kattan Hurnung, Petal Stransky (Otago Polytec), Briarmelle Quintessa, (Manukau Institute of Technology) Work Quandry, VonFaraway Meridoc, Rusty Kemble, Anjil Kyoteri and Johnnie Wendt.
At the conclusion of the meeting Atkins confirmed that the formal evaluation of the New Zealand Government-funded SLENZ Project would be made available shortly.
Filed under: Education, Education in Second Life, Education in virtual worlds, Second Life, SLENZ Project | Tagged: Clare Atkins, Manukau Insitute of Technology, Mike Baker, Nelson-Marlborough Institute of Technology, NMIT, No, NZVWG, Otago Polytechnic, Scott Diener, Second Life, SLENZ Project, Terry Neal, The University of Auckland, Weltec |