Mistakes We Have Made 09 03 29

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Presentation for JISC RSC event in Cambridge on 31st March 09. Re learning from our mistakes on the Schome Park Programme (see http://www.schome.ac.uk/). Event tag is #rscevw09

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  • 1. Peter Twining JISC RSC Conference Cambridge, March 2009 Acknowledgements:The Schome Park Community NAGTY, Innovation Unit, Becta, OU www.sc h ome.ac.uk

2.

  • Why use virtual worlds?
  • An overview of the SPP
    • Phase 1
    • Phase 2
    • Phase 3
  • Complexity
  • Recruitment & Retention
  • Conclusions
  • Discussion

www.sc h ome.ac.uk you seem to be very good at managing the forum Ach, I should have had enough practise by now, and made enough mistakes...(Schomer AMay 08) 3. www.schome.ac.uk What should sc h ome be like? Like now only better 4. Meaning of space? 5. Difficult or impossible in the physical world 6. Playfullness & boundary testing 7. 8. March to April 07 149 13 to 17 year olds (39>5hrs) 10+ staff SP (+ wiki, forum and micro blogs) Physics, Archaeology, Ethics & Philosophy, +

  • Playful
  • Learning (subjective)
  • but
  • Scale & retention
  • ? G&T

9. June to December 07 85 students (34 > 5hrs, 21 from P1)20+ staff SP, forum, wiki (and micro-blogs) Governance and Student led activity+ Machinima

  • Informal activity
  • Governance
  • Ethos
  • but
  • Recruitment & retention
  • Support
  • Complexity

10. January to May 08 + Schome Park beta 108 students (54 > 5hrs, 24 from P2)30+ staff Student/Staff led activity

  • Informal activity
  • Student projects
  • Testing cultural boundaries
  • but
  • Recruitment & retention
  • Complexity

11. www.sc h ome.ac.uk Another thing I didnt like was how everything was based around the forum and the wiki. Its like having to read a manual the whole time when you are playing a video game.(Schomer B May 08) the bureaucracy, which I'm to a large extent responsible for, started tocause quite a lot of friction. With hindsight, I was too keen to keep the status quo rather than try new things, we lost the focus somewhat that, in the end, thegovernment was meant to be a means rather than an end.(Schomer A May 08) Phase 1 Phases 2 & 3a Focus on SP (forum optional) Forum essential (buddies, planning) Build anywhere above 200m Need planning permission 12. www.schome.ac.uk Experimentation vs control Focus on Product Focus on Process Product-Process dimension Bureaucratic Simple Regulation dimension Serious Playful 13. www.sc h ome.ac.uk People were very interested, it seemed that it just wasnt the right time. (SParkerB email Dec 07) I then discovered that the local authority block second life and were not keen to give me access at school. This is under dispute at county level but at this in time not resolved.(SParker C email Dec 07) In the end I felt it was impossible to go to the school and say, in effect, 'this is a project for just the richer ones among you' and so I didn't pursue.(SParker A email Dec 07) Wehad on going connection issues with the students computers and the network at school.Student's computers would freeze, not connect, start flying and freeze in fly mode over the ocean, and blue screen.(SParker D email June 08) Students Phase 1 Phase 2 Phase 3 Consent forms sent 250 Hundreds Hundreds Consent returned 149 117 125 Avatars set up 149 85 108 > 300 mins 39 34 (21) 54 (24) 14. www.sc h ome.ac.uk Adapted from http://tallblog.conted.ox.ac.uk/index.php/2009/01/22/eventedness/ Dave White (2009)Communal Individual Isolated Belonging Co-presence Eventedness Eventedness : the sense you are part of a shared endeavour Co-presence : the sense you are present with other people MUVE (e.g. Second Life) a : whats the point? There wasnt really an aim to it. It was just wander round, do whatever, build. At least in other virtual worlds there are challenges like building up levels, gaining skills and other things which give a sense of accomplishment.(Schomer B March 09) 15. www.sc h ome.ac.uk a : whats the point? b : socialising Adapted from http://tallblog.conted.ox.ac.uk/index.php/2009/01/22/eventedness/ Dave White (2009)Communal Individual Isolated Belonging Co-presence Eventedness Eventedness : the sense you are part of a shared endeavour Co-presence : the sense you are present with other people Well, I think some people felt a bit intimidated by the already existing friendship groups, but people have fitted in really well. (Schomer C May 08) MUVE (e.g. Second Life) 16. www.sc h ome.ac.uk a : whats the point? b : socialising c : shared endeavour Adapted from http://tallblog.conted.ox.ac.uk/index.php/2009/01/22/eventedness/ Dave White (2009)Communal Individual Isolated Belonging Co-presence Eventedness Eventedness : the sense you are part of a shared endeavour Co-presence : the sense you are present with other people How do you think that [self-governance] worked? I think it worked very well for people who were involved in the first phase. I don't think it worked so well for new people.(Schomer D March 09) MUVE (e.g. Second Life) 17. www.sc h ome.ac.uk Virtual worlds = new frontiers (Castronova 2007)Design grammar (Gee 2003) Epistemic frames (Shaffer 2006) Castronova, E. (2007)Exodus to the Virtual World . New York: Palgrave Macmillan. Gee, J.P. (2003)What video games have to teach us about learning and literacy .New York: Palgrave Macmillan. Shaffer, D. (2006)How Computer Games Help Children Learn . New York: PalgraveMacmillan 18. www.sc h ome.ac.uk 19. www.sc h ome.ac.uk 20. www.sc h ome.ac.uk 21. www.sc h ome.ac.uk i found that it is very intresting coming into a new world and trying to become aapart of a new community. i know when i first came in that i was a bit unsure but when i met some of the other schomers and how helpful there were i became part of the community very quickly(Schomer E May 08) It seems as though in too many cases it's been through making a bad misjudgement about what the ethos is and being strongly reprimanded by the alrwady existing members, or through seeing this happen to someone else. Being more tolerant of the mistakes would be much preferable, but I can't claim to do it myself, so I think I have to do some eye-plank extraction already. :-)(Schomer A May 08) 22. www.schome.ac.uk Its arisk You will makemistakes If you dont what will youlearn ? Lots of other mistakes! 23. www.sc h ome.ac.uk 24. www.sc h ome.ac.uk Forum activity New topics posts Phase 3b 2008 May 831486April 1212300Phase 3a March 1141602February 1002394January 1665274Phase 2 2007 December 1372768November 1422627October 1233017September 1112186August 1152356July 1653592June 2696884SP closed May 2039310Phase 1 April 1521381March 1621265 25. www.schome.ac.uk Learn about Learn by becoming Learn by doing Learn through role play 26. www.schome.ac.uk Individual constructivist Sociocultural Acquisition Participation Commodity Creative process (knowing) Knowledge 27. www.schome.ac.uk Curriculum Traditional school Group As prep work Externally defined Externally constrained Freely negotiated Self- determined Curriculum definition Imposed Free choice Imposed choice Self-imposed commitment Curriculum choice Discrete Integrated Dissociated Authentic No control In control De-motivating Motivating