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Call for Papers: JCAL Special Issue on 'Learning Analytics in Massively Multiuser Virtual Environments and Courses'

Lee, Mark
Dear colleagues,

Contributions are being solicited for a special issue of the Journal of Computer Assisted Learning (JCAL) on 'Learning Analytics in Massively Multiuser Virtual Environments and Courses'. The scope of the issue includes both massively multiplayer online games (e.g. World of Warcraft) and virtual worlds (e.g. Second Life) as well as massive open online courses (MOOCs), whether they be 'xMOOCs' delivered via one of the major MOOC platforms (Udacity, Coursera, edX) or connectivist-style 'cMOOCs' offered independently of those platforms.

The Call for Papers is available at http://goo.gl/2STf3V .

Proposals consisting of 500-word abstracts and 7-10 key references are due on 30 September 2013, and the deadline for submission of full manuscripts is 27 January 2014.

Queries regarding the special issue should be directed to [hidden email] (but please note that proposals and full manuscripts are not to be sent to this address - see the Call for Papers for submission instructions).


Kind regards,



Paul A. Kirschner (Open University of the Netherlands), JCAL Editor-in-Chief
Liesbeth Kirchner (Open University of the Netherlands), JCAL Associate Editor
Mark J. W. Lee (Charles Sturt University), JCAL Editor-in-Charge of Special Issues

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Distributed Open Collaborative Course

Sharon Collingwood
This is a cross-post, and I hope it's OK to post it here, as the venue is Second Life. But I think it's of interest to a lot of people on this list.



I'm organizing a discussion group around the upcoming DOCC on women and  new technologies  (see the press release below, website is here: http://femtechnet.newschool.edu/docc2013/)

It will be up to the group to decide, but there will be introductory videos for each section of the DOCC, so I'm thinking we could discuss the videos.  I could also provide a reading list.


Information and a teleport will also be posted in the Ada Lovelace Library, just inside the door.


We don't have a time for the discussion group yet, but it will probably be on the weekend.

If you want to keep up with us, join the group MINERVA GUESTS.



For Immediate Release

Feminist Digital Initiative Challenges Universities’ Race for MOOCs

Columbus, OH, August 21, 2013: FemTechNet, a network of feminist scholars and educators, is launching a new model for online learning at 15 higher education institutions this fall. The DOCC, or Distributed Open Collaborative Course, is a new approach to collaborative learning and an alternative to MOOCs, the massive open online course model that proponents claim will radicalize twenty-first century higher education.

The DOCC model is not based on centralized pedagogy by a single “expert” faculty, nor on the economic interests of a particular institution. Instead, the DOCC recognizes, and is built on, expertise distributed among participants in diverse institutional contexts. The organization of a DOCC emphasizes learning collaboratively in a digital age and avoids reproducing pedagogical techniques that conceive of the student as a passive listener. A DOCC allows for the active participation of all kinds of learners and for the extension of classroom experience beyond the walls, physical or virtual, of a single institution. FemTechNet’s first DOCC course, “Dialogues in Feminism and Technology,” will launch fall 2013.

The participating institutions range from small liberal arts colleges to major research institutions. They include: Bowling Green University, Brown University, California Polytechnic State University, Colby-Sawyer College, CUNY, Macaulay Honors College and Lehman College (CUNY), The New School, Ohio State University, Ontario College of Art and Design, Pennsylvania State University, Pitzer College, Rutgers University, University of California San Diego, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and Yale University.

DOCC participants, both online and in residence, are part of individualized “NODAL courses” within the network. Each institution’s faculty configures its own course within its specific educational setting. Both faculty and students will share ideas, resources, and assignments as a feminist network: the faculty as they develop curricula and deliver the course in real time; the students as they work collaboratively with faculty and each other. 

At Ohio State, the course will be taught in the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies by Dr. Christine (Cricket) Keating. The course, “Gender, Media, and New Technologies,” will be offered on the undergraduate level. Keating is a recipient of the 2011 Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching.  This course takes as its starting point the following questions: How are gender identities constituted in technologically mediated environments? How have cyberfeminists used technology to build coalitions and unite people across diverse contexts? How are the “do it yourself” and “do it with others” ethics in technology cultures central to feminist politics? Juxtaposing theoretical considerations and case studies, course topics include: identity and subjectivity; technological activism; gender, race and sexualities; place; labor; ethics; and the transformative potentials of new technologies. The course itself is a part of a cutting-edge experiment in education, culture, and technology. It is “nodal” course within a Distributed Online Collaborative Course (DOCC). In this course, we will collaborate with students and professors across the U.S. and Canada to investigate issues of gender, race, and techno-culture.

These dialogues are also anchored by video curriculum produced by FemTechNet. “Dialogues on Feminism and Technology” are currently twelve recorded video dialogues featuring pairs of scholars and artists from around the world who think and reimagine technology through a feminist lens. Participants in the DOCC — indeed, anyone with a connection to the web — can access the video dialogues, and are invited to discuss them by means of blogs, voicethreads and other electronic media. Even as the course takes place, students and teachers can plug in and join the conversation.  Through the exchanges and participants’ input, course content for the DOCC will continue to grow. From this process emerges a dynamic and self-reflective educational model.



Dr. Sharon Collingwood
Department of Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies
The Ohio State University
286 University Hall, 230 North Oval Mall
Columbus, Ohio 43210-1311

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Bryan Carter's new project (cross posted)

Sharon Collingwood
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I think this is fantastic, and I'm really happy that Bryan has done this, but I do wish the Chronicle wouldn't write these stories about the latest and greatest thing.  Bryan is using the Unity engine, which is perfect for his purposes.  Other platforms have other affordances.  You wouldn't think that would be so hard to understand. 

 The Chronicle. Go figure.


A Virtual Cotton Club Rises, With an Open-Source Engine




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Re: Bryan Carter's new project (cross posted)

James Stallings II
If it uses the Unity Engine (which is *not* opensource, BTW), how is it relevant to us?

Cheers



On Thu, Aug 29, 2013 at 8:56 AM, Sharon Collingwood <[hidden email]> wrote:
I think this is fantastic, and I'm really happy that Bryan has done this, but I do wish the Chronicle wouldn't write these stories about the latest and greatest thing.  Bryan is using the Unity engine, which is perfect for his purposes.  Other platforms have other affordances.  You wouldn't think that would be so hard to understand. 

 The Chronicle. Go figure.


A Virtual Cotton Club Rises, With an Open-Source Engine




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Department of Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies
The Ohio State University
286 University Hall, 230 North Oval Mall
Columbus, Ohio 43210-1311

Blog: Exploring the Virtual Classroom

Second Life, Open Sim: Ellie Brewster
Twitter: @EllieBrewster

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Re: Bryan Carter's new project (cross posted)

Sharon Collingwood
I think it's relevant because many on this list are creating environments for education.  I'm hoping we can see ourselves as a community, regardless of platform.


On Aug 29, 2013, at 12:05 PM, James Stallings II wrote:

 how is it relevant to us?

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Re: Bryan Carter's new project (cross posted)

James Stallings II
/me double checks: Yep, this is still 'opensim-users'.

Far be it from me to discourage nascent community formation, but this is a pretty clearly defined venue, and it should probably be respected and utilized as such.


Thanks in advance :)



On Thu, Aug 29, 2013 at 3:54 PM, Sharon Collingwood <[hidden email]> wrote:
I think it's relevant because many on this list are creating environments for education.  I'm hoping we can see ourselves as a community, regardless of platform.


On Aug 29, 2013, at 12:05 PM, James Stallings II wrote:

 how is it relevant to us?

Dr. Sharon Collingwood
Department of Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies
The Ohio State University
286 University Hall, 230 North Oval Mall
Columbus, Ohio 43210-1311

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Re: Bryan Carter's new project (cross posted)

Fleep Tuque
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Hi Sharon,

The opensim-users list tends to stick to the topics of installing/supporting/using opensim with little side discussion permitted so that developers and those doing user support can focus on those who need help.  

If you aren't already subscribed, however, we created an education-focused opensim listserv specifically to house these kinds of broader conversations:  http://list.opensim-edu.org/listinfo.cgi/education-opensim-edu.org

And I'd remind moderators and community members of this list that, with the conference approaching, we're likely to see many new sign-ups in the coming weeks, so please remember that there are good, welcoming, polite ways to inform new users of the norms and expectations without being brusque.   If we're going to try to grow the community and encourage people to try Opensim, we have to be prepared to welcome them and help them learn the ropes.
 
Sincerely,

- Chris/Fleep


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Though I'd remind moderators and community members that there are polite ways to tell people that and redirect 


On Thu, Aug 29, 2013 at 4:54 PM, Sharon Collingwood <[hidden email]> wrote:
I think it's relevant because many on this list are creating environments for education.  I'm hoping we can see ourselves as a community, regardless of platform.


On Aug 29, 2013, at 12:05 PM, James Stallings II wrote:

 how is it relevant to us?

Dr. Sharon Collingwood
Department of Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies
The Ohio State University
286 University Hall, 230 North Oval Mall
Columbus, Ohio 43210-1311

Blog: Exploring the Virtual Classroom

Second Life, Open Sim: Ellie Brewster
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Re: Bryan Carter's new project (cross posted)

Sharon Collingwood
Thanks Fleep

On Aug 29, 2013, at 6:04 PM, Fleep Tuque wrote:

  http://list.opensim-edu.org/listinfo.cgi/education-opensim-edu.org

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Re: Bryan Carter's new project (cross posted)

justincc
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Us bursque?  Never ;)

But yes, this list is for OpenSimulator user topics and not for unrelated general virtual worlds conversation.
opensim-edu is a good alternative list for that kind of more general education-focussed conversation (though I would say
still with a high opensim focus from the name of the list).

On 29/08/13 23:04, Fleep Tuque wrote:

> Hi Sharon,
>
> The opensim-users list tends to stick to the topics of installing/supporting/using opensim with little side discussion
> permitted so that developers and those doing user support can focus on those who need help.
>
> If you aren't already subscribed, however, we created an education-focused opensim listserv specifically to house these
> kinds of broader conversations: http://list.opensim-edu.org/listinfo.cgi/education-opensim-edu.org
>
> And I'd remind moderators and community members of this list that, with the conference approaching, we're likely to see
> many new sign-ups in the coming weeks, so please remember that there are good, welcoming, polite ways to inform new
> users of the norms and expectations without being brusque.   If we're going to try to grow the community and encourage
> people to try Opensim, we have to be prepared to welcome them and help them learn the ropes.
> Sincerely,
>
> - Chris/Fleep
>
>
> Chris M. Collins (Avatar: Fleep Tuque)
> Vice President, AvaCon, Inc.
> 275 Winthrop Street
> PO Box 618
> Rehoboth, MA 02769-1819
> (774) 654-0010
> [hidden email] <mailto:[hidden email]>
> http://avacon.org
>
>
>
> Though I'd remind moderators and community members that there are polite ways to tell people that and redirect
>
>
> On Thu, Aug 29, 2013 at 4:54 PM, Sharon Collingwood <[hidden email] <mailto:[hidden email]>> wrote:
>
>     I think it's relevant because many on this list are creating environments for education.  I'm hoping we can see
>     ourselves as a community, regardless of platform.
>
>
>     On Aug 29, 2013, at 12:05 PM, James Stallings II wrote:
>
>>     how is it relevant to us?
>
>     Dr. Sharon Collingwood
>     Department of Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies
>     The Ohio State University
>     286 University Hall, 230 North Oval Mall
>     Columbus, Ohio 43210-1311
>
>     Blog: Exploring the Virtual Classroom
>     http://www.elliebrewster.com
>
>     Second Life, Open Sim: Ellie Brewster
>     Twitter: @EllieBrewster
>
>     Minerva's Cafe
>     http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Chilbo/241/40/93
>
>     Feminist Cyberspaces: Pedagogies in Transition
>     http://academia.edu/1394625/Feminist_Cyberspaces_Pedagogies_in_Transition
>
>
>     _______________________________________________
>     Opensim-users mailing list
>     [hidden email] <mailto:[hidden email]>
>     https://lists.berlios.de/mailman/listinfo/opensim-users
>
>
>
>
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Re: Bryan Carter's new project (cross posted)

James Stallings II
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Yes, thanks! I didn't mean to be brusque, but brevity was in my interest at the time. Additionally, I didn't actually know where to direct the person, but knew others would (Fleep ;)

I think moreso than the somewhat off-topic posting, I was concerned with the quality of the link, as it had erroneous information right up in the title (unity engine is opensource).

In any case, yes, opensim only here please!

And don't mind the ogres, the trolls are waaaay worse!

Cheers,
James



On Thu, Aug 29, 2013 at 5:11 PM, Sharon Collingwood <[hidden email]> wrote:
Thanks Fleep

On Aug 29, 2013, at 6:04 PM, Fleep Tuque wrote:

  http://list.opensim-edu.org/listinfo.cgi/education-opensim-edu.org

Dr. Sharon Collingwood
Department of Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies
The Ohio State University
286 University Hall, 230 North Oval Mall
Columbus, Ohio 43210-1311

Blog: Exploring the Virtual Classroom

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Re: Bryan Carter's new project (cross posted)

Miller, Peter
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Don't forget the opensim-edu list either. I vaguely recall that there is an opensim version of virtual Harlem BTW. Peter
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Thanks Fleep

On Aug 29, 2013, at 6:04 PM, Fleep Tuque wrote:

  http://list.opensim-edu.org/listinfo.cgi/education-opensim-edu.org

Dr. Sharon Collingwood
Department of Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies
The Ohio State University
286 University Hall, 230 North Oval Mall
Columbus, Ohio 43210-1311

Blog: Exploring the Virtual Classroom
http://www.elliebrewster.com

Second Life, Open Sim: Ellie Brewster
Twitter: @EllieBrewster

Minerva's Cafe
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Chilbo/241/40/93

Feminist Cyberspaces: Pedagogies in Transition
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Re: Bryan Carter's new project (cross posted)

Kay McLennan
On Thu, Aug 29, 2013 at 5:04 PM, Fleep Tuque <[hidden email]> wrote:

...And I'd remind moderators and community members of this list that, with the conference approaching, we're likely to see many new sign-ups in the coming weeks, so please remember that there are good, welcoming, polite ways to inform new users of the norms and expectations without being brusque.   If we're going to try to grow the community and encourage people to try Opensim, we have to be prepared to welcome them and help them learn the ropes.

AND

On Fri, Aug 30, 2013 at 3:18 AM, Miller, Peter <[hidden email]> wrote:
Don't forget the opensim-edu list either. I vaguely recall that there is an opensim version of virtual Harlem BTW. Peter

With EVERYTHING (including the venue builds, program, sponsor exhibitions, web site, instructions for attendees and speakers, etc.) related to the upcoming OSCC13 POSITIVELY BRILLIANT, my guess is that the OpenSim community will double or triple in the coming weeks and months!  In other words, I second Fleep's statement above.

Also, here is the hypergrid jump address for the OpenSim Virtual Harlem build (re:  Peter's statement above):  apollo.cs.st-andrews.ac.uk:8002:Virtual Harlem

Finally, as an aside, the "take away" I gleaned from the Virtual Harlem machinima (created in the Unity platform) is that my machinima doesn't even come close to looking that good.  In turn, I wonder...  ...about exporting some of my OpenSim builds in a dae file format to be uploaded into the free version of Unity (for the purpose of making better machinima clips)...  Again, just a thought... (smile)

Best,
Kay

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Re: Bryan Carter's new project (cross posted)

James Stallings II
Fleep, Kay,

Y'all could REALLY help us out on this list by collecting some resource links (like the opensim-edu list, for instance, or any IRC channels you may have in operation), and posting them to this list, so we'll know how to direct people as needed.

I for one am pretty much in the dark as to the various details of the convention; it's a bit off my radar as it doesn't touch much upon osgrid.org.

Thanks!

James


On Fri, Aug 30, 2013 at 6:44 AM, Kay McLennan <[hidden email]> wrote:
On Thu, Aug 29, 2013 at 5:04 PM, Fleep Tuque <[hidden email]> wrote:

...And I'd remind moderators and community members of this list that, with the conference approaching, we're likely to see many new sign-ups in the coming weeks, so please remember that there are good, welcoming, polite ways to inform new users of the norms and expectations without being brusque.   If we're going to try to grow the community and encourage people to try Opensim, we have to be prepared to welcome them and help them learn the ropes.

AND

On Fri, Aug 30, 2013 at 3:18 AM, Miller, Peter <[hidden email]> wrote:
Don't forget the opensim-edu list either. I vaguely recall that there is an opensim version of virtual Harlem BTW. Peter

With EVERYTHING (including the venue builds, program, sponsor exhibitions, web site, instructions for attendees and speakers, etc.) related to the upcoming OSCC13 POSITIVELY BRILLIANT, my guess is that the OpenSim community will double or triple in the coming weeks and months!  In other words, I second Fleep's statement above.

Also, here is the hypergrid jump address for the OpenSim Virtual Harlem build (re:  Peter's statement above):  apollo.cs.st-andrews.ac.uk:8002:Virtual Harlem

Finally, as an aside, the "take away" I gleaned from the Virtual Harlem machinima (created in the Unity platform) is that my machinima doesn't even come close to looking that good.  In turn, I wonder...  ...about exporting some of my OpenSim builds in a dae file format to be uploaded into the free version of Unity (for the purpose of making better machinima clips)...  Again, just a thought... (smile)

Best,
Kay

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Re: Bryan Carter's new project (cross posted)

Fleep Tuque
That's a really good idea actually, we could include a list of resources on the conference website as well, to maybe help point folks a good direction right from the start.


And the schedule is being updated pretty constantly at this point:  http://conference.opensimulator.org/2013/schedule/

- Chris/Fleep


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On Fri, Aug 30, 2013 at 8:03 AM, James Stallings II <[hidden email]> wrote:
Fleep, Kay,

Y'all could REALLY help us out on this list by collecting some resource links (like the opensim-edu list, for instance, or any IRC channels you may have in operation), and posting them to this list, so we'll know how to direct people as needed.

I for one am pretty much in the dark as to the various details of the convention; it's a bit off my radar as it doesn't touch much upon osgrid.org.

Thanks!

James


On Fri, Aug 30, 2013 at 6:44 AM, Kay McLennan <[hidden email]> wrote:
On Thu, Aug 29, 2013 at 5:04 PM, Fleep Tuque <[hidden email]> wrote:

...And I'd remind moderators and community members of this list that, with the conference approaching, we're likely to see many new sign-ups in the coming weeks, so please remember that there are good, welcoming, polite ways to inform new users of the norms and expectations without being brusque.   If we're going to try to grow the community and encourage people to try Opensim, we have to be prepared to welcome them and help them learn the ropes.

AND

On Fri, Aug 30, 2013 at 3:18 AM, Miller, Peter <[hidden email]> wrote:
Don't forget the opensim-edu list either. I vaguely recall that there is an opensim version of virtual Harlem BTW. Peter

With EVERYTHING (including the venue builds, program, sponsor exhibitions, web site, instructions for attendees and speakers, etc.) related to the upcoming OSCC13 POSITIVELY BRILLIANT, my guess is that the OpenSim community will double or triple in the coming weeks and months!  In other words, I second Fleep's statement above.

Also, here is the hypergrid jump address for the OpenSim Virtual Harlem build (re:  Peter's statement above):  apollo.cs.st-andrews.ac.uk:8002:Virtual Harlem

Finally, as an aside, the "take away" I gleaned from the Virtual Harlem machinima (created in the Unity platform) is that my machinima doesn't even come close to looking that good.  In turn, I wonder...  ...about exporting some of my OpenSim builds in a dae file format to be uploaded into the free version of Unity (for the purpose of making better machinima clips)...  Again, just a thought... (smile)

Best,
Kay

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