You are invited to a Faculty Showcase event on November 4, 2011 at noon on the topic of Lessons Learned in Virtual Worlds, sponsored by Instructional Technologies Support (ITS). Our featured speaker is Dr. Brock Brown who will be sharing hard-won lessons learned through the “Virtual Field School: El Cerrito”, a project he co-created in the virtual world of Second Life with the Research and Development team from ITS. Brown is a Professor in the Department of Geography at Texas State University.
This is a brown bag event, so bring your lunch and come and spend an hour with Dr. Brown, an award-winning educator, who teaches about urban and economic geography. At one time, Brown would take graduate students to New Mexico to study native cultures, but the costs and time involved became prohibitive. Brown decided to experiment with using a virtual world which led to his collaboration with ITS.
ITS technologists and programmers built a virtual field school, based on the real life village of El Cerrito, New Mexico, to provide students a field school experience without the costs and time investment associated with the real life counterpart.
Brown will provide a short presentation and take questions on lessons he has learned about teaching in a virtual world. The ITS team involved in the project will join him to take questions about building, improving and maintaining the virtual field school. They are Robyn Herry (Digital Media Specialist), Emin Saglamer (Lead Programmer), and Patrick Smith (Instructional Designer).
Water, soft drinks and pastries will be provided. Please bring a brown bag lunch. Plan to arrive by 11:45am or earlier as the program will begin promptly at noon.
There is a limit of 50 attendees for this event.