Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Progress in my online facilitation for assigment 3

I put a call out through this blog and also on the midwifery research list from the UK. The result is that I have a few people who are interested in looking at brainstorming issues for midwifery education in second life. So I am feeling that this much more possible now than I did previously.
Most of those who have expressed interest are also quite new to virtual worlds and some I think will be coming into second life for the first time. So there will not be a lot of expertise in this regard. I am also very new to this and have solicited the help of Claire Atkins (Arwenna Stardust) to help me with the technical side of things.
Clare has taken an interest in the facilitating online learning communities course and has helped several of us novices begin to find our way in second life. She is also going to help up-skill me a little in preparation for the big day. Many thanks for all your help Clare. I copied this image from Arwenna's blog, hoping she doesn't mind.

Sarah (Petal Stransky) and I (Dacary Dumpling). That is Petal on the right and me on the left. Went into second life yesterday and had a look around a conference site at Jokaida. We have different abilities and inabilities in second life. I am better at moving around, (I think Petal's legs are just too short really) and Petal has mastered teleporting others and inviting friends. Together we might be able to work something out. One of the people who has responded is involved with a project at Coventry University, where a virtual birthing room/meeting place has been established in the virtual place they have developed. I am hoping that we might be able to visit there to see what is happening and help to gain a better understanding of the possibilities, particularly for collaboration.

I have not set a date or time yet for the meeting. I think the 23rd or 24th of February looks like the most promising dates at this time. It should be either an early morning or evening meeting. At this time I am thinking it will be an evening meeting for us and a morning meeting in the UK.


Sarah Stewart said...

I think you've put the wrong picture up-I want lovely long hair like that!

Have you decided what you're going to 'do' in SL? Are you going to guide people through some sort of orientation or facilitate an online presentation/meeting. Maybe it would be helpful to ask the people who are interested what they'd prefer to do.

Sarah Stewart said...

PS: don't be so rude about my legs!!

Carolyn said...

I will have a better idea of what i will do at the meeting after I have spent some time with Arwenna i think. It will depend on what the group want really.
If your hair was this long you would keep tripping over it with your wee short legs Petal :) LOL

Steff said...

In case you've not found us yet, we are The Big Push for Midwives Campaign (http://www.TheBigPushforMidwives.org) a nationally coordinated campaign for regulation and licensure for Certified Professional Midwives in all 50 States, D.C. and Puerto Rico. Why not Second Life too?

In any case, please do check out the Web site as you can.


Sarah Stewart said...

Just advertised in Facebook - Bein a Midwife is the best job in the world!!!!: http://tinyurl.com/2bnsvc
Don't know how useful that will be.

Carolyn said...

Steff, yes join us in second life! Send me your second life name and we can link up.
I have been keeping abreast of the news about “the big push for midwives”. News filters in to me through my RSS feed. I even got caught up in a blog discussion with a group of young physicists. I wish you success in your goals.

Carolyn said...

Thanks for the ad Sarah.

bronwyn said...

this is a great way to meet midwives - better than a dating agency - I can see a wonderful community forming here. Great work you C & S. :)

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