3rd Global Conference: Experiential Learning in Virtual Worlds

Hi All

A call for papers has just been announced for the 3rd Global Conference on Experiential Learning in Virtual Worlds to be held in Lisbon from 7th-9th March next year. Despite its global epithet, this is a small, colloquium-style conference that is founded on interdisciplinary dialogue and cross-boundary research. The atmosphere is friendly and collegial, and attendance is by invitation upon acceptance of a 300 word abstract. There is more detail on the conference website, but if you have any questions, please contact me at jim dot gritton at gre dot ac dot uk.

We look forward to receiving an abstract from you.

Best wishes


Virtual World Research Network – Conference (16-18 May 2012)

The Virtual Worlds Research Network announces its inaugural conference to take place in Edinburgh, UK, May 16-18 2012

Abstract submission: 250 words, no later than 7 April 2012

Submit to:  vwresearchnetwork@gmail.com

Notification of Acceptance:   15 April 2012

Further details can be found: http://www.vwrn.org/

Two Upcoming Free Events: RepoFringe11 and #GECOhealth

This is a bit of slightly shameless promotion! I’m involved in organising two events in Edinburgh in August that may well be of interest to many here as both relate to collaboration, technology and learning in different ways:

The first is an event on open source, geo and health and the ways in which these areas overlap. Anyone working in health or health education will realise how important geography can be in health education and promotion work, epidemiology, etc. Myself and colleagues on the #jiscGECO project are keen to see how open source and open geo data in particular connects to health and are therefore holding a free workshop in Edinburgh on 9th August to explore these issues. More information on our blog and booking form here: http://open-geo-and-health.eventbrite.com/.

We’ll also be holding some further geo related events for the GECO project across the UK – if you’d like more info on these as they are announced do drop me an email: nicola.osborne@ed.ac.uk.

The second event is the Repository Fringe 2011 unconference (#rfringe11) and takes place in Edinburgh from 3rd-5th August 2011 at the Informatics Forum of the University of Edinburgh. This is always a really fun look at all ideas and issues around repositories and how repositories are in use in the academic sector – for teaching and learning materials, for research materials, for publications, etc. It is free to attend (booking form here) and there are always opportunities to contribute to the programme so if you’d like to take part (in person or virtually) then please get in touch. You can email myself or the official email address for the event: repofringe@gmail.com.

Both events will include a lively amount of blogging, tweeting and repofringe should also be videoed for viewing online afterwards so I’d be excited to see any fellow MSc-ers along in person or online to join in the discussions.

Huge thanks for reading this far and have a super summer all! 😉

– Nicola.