Category: Virtual Worlds

Using Virtual Worlds to Enhance Online Social Presence

Reflection on: Using SmallWorlds to enhance social presence, group cohesion, and group identity in an online postgraduate course by Angelos Konstantinidis (2017) Overview This paper about virtual worlds reminds us that the current digitised and connected world is forcing educators to re-think the way in which they teach. On second thought, ‘force’ is a strong Read More …

My Digital Self – Karina The ThingLink Avatar

Here I am testing the capabilities of ThingLink – a digital tool that adds an interactive layer to any photo or video. Hover your mouse over one of the embedded icons/white circles and you will gain access to additional information in the form of text, image, audio and/or video. ThingLink tool has great appeal for Read More …

Interview with an Online Gamer (Part 4 of 4)

Adam House, the host of TEFLCast, breaks down the fundamentals of online gaming within virtual worlds, and we uncover some striking parallels with the basic tenets of teaching and learning. Part Four In the final part of my interview with Adam, we discuss how online games such as Destiny facilitate interaction between players. For example, Read More …

Interview with an Online Gamer (Part 2 of 4)

  Adam House, host of TEFLCast, breaks down the fundamentals of online gaming within virtual worlds, and we uncover some striking parallels with the basic tenets of teaching and learning. Part Two According to the ‘End of the Year’ update from Bungie, the producer of online game Destiny, 13 million had people played Destiny, creating Read More …

Interview with an Online Gamer (Part 1 of 4)

 Adam House, host of TEFLCast, breaks down the fundamentals of online gaming within virtual worlds, and we uncover some striking parallels with the basic tenets of teaching and learning. Part One Exploring Adam’s Xbox 1 system, the discussion revolves around the broad appeal of online games such as Destiny and Dragon Age Inquisition. Apart from Read More …

Interview with Noel Thomas, Co-Principal at YCIS, Beijing (Part 3)

Background Having thoroughly enjoyed the Education Revolution talk at the American Chamber of Commerce last month, I invited the speaker, Noel Thomas, co-principal at Yew Chung International School in Beijing, for an informal video interview. From Apple 2E’s to BBC micro-computers to 1-2-1 laptop computing and the internet, Noel has been at the heart of Read More …