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SLENZ Project may be over but
lecturers still use the builds
Foundation Learning in use, free builds popular, viewing by Indian Minister
The Wellington-based Natraj School of Dance welcomes
the Hon. Minster Sibal and Indian delegates to WelTec.
The Second Life Education New Zealand Project may have been concluded but things are still happening on the Second Life island of Kowhai where the Foundation (Bridging) Learning and Birth Centre builds are sited.
SLENZ lead educator Merle Lemon, (SL: Briarmelle Quintessa), of the Manukau Institute of Technology, and other lecturers are continuing to use the Foundation Learning build for normal real life classes in interview preparation, practise and assessment as part of that school’s Foundation Learning programme.
And the lead educator for the Midwifery Studies pilot programme run by Otago Polytechnic, Sarah Stewart (SL: Petal Stransky) has fielded a number of enquiries from British and US academic institutions interested in making use of the Birth Unit build as well as the knowledge gained from teaching in it.
At the same time more than 50 free-to-the-public, full permission Foundation Learning builds and more than 15 Midwifery Studies’ Birth Unit builds, created by SLENZ Project Lead Developer Aaron Griffiths (SL: Isa Goodman), have been picked up from the Kowhai Island welcome area. Goodman has also begun a series of tutorials and advice on the builds here and the first of series of articles looking at scripting of the builds here.
India’s HR Minister views SL
and India who attended the Indian Minister’s WelTec SL “viewing”.
Meanwhile on the neighbouring island of Koru, also run by Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology, SLENZ developer and Wellington Institute of Technology (WelTec) lecturer Todd Cochrane (SL: Toddles Lightworker) hosted a Second Life ‘viewing’ by India’s Hon. Shri Kapil Sibal, Minister of Human Resources Development (India’s equivalent of the NZ Minister of Education) during a visit to the Wellington Institution.
The Minister’s viewing – he asked a question about accessing Second Life from India as there were India-based researchers present in Second Life – came as part of discussions on collaboration with New Zealand in the area of vocational training and technology. Cochrane has a special interest in the use of virtual worlds for vocational training and technology. The meeting was also attended by Arwenna Stardust (RL: SLENZ Project joint leader, Dr Clare Atkins).
During his visit to WelTec the minister spoke about India’s immense demand for education and training with a population of more than 546 million under the age of 25.
WelTec CEO Dr Linda Sissons said, “India and New Zealand share a special relationship in the fields of vocational education, applied research and innovation … both face unprecedented social and economic challenges and also have tremendous opportunities in co-operation, especially in the technical and vocational education and training sector.
The New Zealand government has also recently reaffirmed its commitment to an international relationship with India. and both nations confirmed their commitment to deepening education cooperation with the resigning of an Education Cooperation Arrangement, which was first signed in 2005.
In SL for the “viewing”, Mumbai’s Zeus Zetkin, (RL: Siddharth Banerjee, of Indusgeeks.com), as Ghandi and
JudyArx Scribe (RL: Judy Cockeram, of the University of Auckland’s School of Architecture).
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