19 November 2008

PREVIEW-Psych Project Website Launched

Problem-based Learning in Virtual Interactive Educational Worlds for Psychology (PREVIEW-Psych)

Simon Bignell from the University of Derby is project leading a new JISC-funded £38,000 research project called PREVIEW-Psych. The project is a collaboration between University of Derby, Aston University, Coventry University and The Higher Education Academy Psychology Network.

We are transferring problem-based learning techniques and technologies from the PREVIEW project for the Psychology subject group. The project is developing Psychology scenarios and ‘intelligent avatar’ technology within the virtual world Second Life.

More information is available at the project website http://previewpsych.org We will be running a free to attend 'Upskilling day' at University of Derby in March 09 where we will provide training in the use of problem-based learning techniques within virtual worlds for the Psychology subject group. We will also be providing a mentoring scheme to around six institutions from Psychology and related subjects for more intense tutoring, coaching and seminars to enable practitioners to develop their own Second Life teaching and learning initiatives.

If you are working in teaching and learning in the Psychology subject group and would like to attend the Upskilling day or would like to find out more about the mentoring scheme please email Simon Bignell (University of Derby) at s.bignell@derby.ac.uk or contact his avatar Milton Broome in Second Life.

Open University host Virtual World Conference - ReLIVE08

Researching Learning in Virtual Environments - ReLIVE08

With researchers and practitioners attending from around the globe, this excellent opportunity for networking promises an interesting, stimulating and exciting 2 days. The conference will begin with a reception on the evening of the 19th November, and the first full day will see the opening keynote from Edward Castronova and a varied programme of paper presentations, symposia and workshops with presenters from around the world.


The conference gala reception and dinner will be supported by a variety of entertainment including a digital caricaturist, live music and the internationally renowned Terry Waite CBE as our after dinner speaker. The second day begins with an invited panel Question Time debate including Edward Castronova, Roo Reynolds, Bill Thompson and Claudia L'Amoreaux, chaired by Ren Reynolds, founder of the Virtual Policy Network. This is followed by more presentations and workshops with a networking lunch. We end the second day on a high with a keynote plenary led by Roo Reynolds. (text taken from the ReLIVE08 website)

The conference cafe is available inworld .

There is also a ReLIVE08 Facebook group.

Check out the conference webpage ReLIVE08