Monday, February 11, 2008

Midwives meeting in second life.

Having had a meeting in second life with my friends, supporters and mentors, Petal and Arwenna my plans for the midwives meeting in second life is moving along. We discussed where we might hold the meeting and decided on Koru Island, the New Zealand educators island. Arwenna is an owner of this place and Petal and I are members and are able to hold meetings here without cost. Arwenna has a screen onto which we can load power point presentations, she thinks we might also be able to organise a screen to stream a video into second life. This is starting to feel much more 'do-able' now. So the plan for the session now is;

Participants log onto second life and I will send an invitation and teleport them to the Koru Island meeting place. (to do this participants need to have registered in Second Life, negotiated Orientation Island and moved to Help Island on the mainland. See my previous blog post.



Meet at the Koru Island meeting place. This has an area where we can sit around in a lovely New Zealand setting with New Zealand trees and bird song in the background. We can sit here and watch the power point.

After this I would like to stream a video if this is possible.

We will then have an opportunity to talk about possibilities the participants envisage for using second life for midwifery education, continuing professional development, conferencing or networking. Might be able to brainstorm, find some uses and answer some questions people have.

If we have the opportunity we might finish off by visiting another virtual place where there is already a midwifery education space. I still need to be able to arrange and confirm this.

Things I need to do now.

Prepare a power point which illustrates aspects of second life.

Try out some options for recording the session

Prepare more information to guide the participants into second life and to Koru Island.

Keep those who have expressed interest in the loop and encourage them to register with second life and go through the Orientation island process.

Finalise the exact date and time. The meeting will be on the weekend of the 1st or second of March. In the New Zealand evening, UK morning.

2 comments:

bronwyn said...

great planning carolyn. make sure you look at the assessment criteria as well and make sure you are meeting as many as possible.

it would probably pay to keep the introductory information brief - are you planning to do some sort of demo at the start?

bronwyn said...

Great list of stuff but make sure you allow for plenty of time to get people organised. You may find the first half hour is spent with people trying out the tools so do not be surprised and disappointed if they appear to be mucking around.

We can sit here and watch the power point. [suggest you leave 15 min for people to introduce themselves, playing with tools.]

After this I would like to stream a video if this is possible. [good luck and have a back up plan.]

We will then have an opportunity to talk about possibilities the participants envisage for using second life for midwifery education, continuing professional development, conferencing or networking. Might be able to brainstorm, find some uses and answer some questions people have. [I suggest you let the questions and discussion flow from the slide presentation and keep this stuff in mind to prompt people. Allocate a certain amount of time for discussion.]

If we have the opportunity we might finish off by visiting another virtual place where there is already a midwifery education space. [make sure you leave plenty of time for people to enjoy themselves - people get lost - hope you can do this as it will be great!]
Bron

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