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SEMINAR: Teaching in a virtual world, Building a virtual school on the UWA campus in Second Life

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Today's date is Tuesday, March 09, 2021
Teaching in a virtual world, Building a virtual school on the UWA campus in Second Life : School of Anatomy, Physiology & Human Biology Seminar Series Other events...
The Seminar: The Vice Chancellor has called for “a full review of pedagogic purpose and practice in 2013, with the aim of introducing new pedagogies from the beginning of 2015” this aim was subsequently approved by the Academic Board. Unfortunately the primary driver for such change is often how we can do more with less. To plan for the future we need to investigate as many possible new ways of teaching as we can, in an attempt to maintain “pedagogical excellence” in a time of shrinking budgets. In some cases it is to explore new and exciting teaching methods, in others to “know the enemy” and understand the real costs and deficits of alternative teaching methods.

I will be describing the advantages and disadvantages of the strange 3D world that is “Second Life”; its transition from a den of iniquity where fortunes were made and lost on gambling, prostitution and dodgy banking deals (just like real life really) to a mature Web 2.0 environment used for educational and social purposes. I will cover the pros and cons of the environment for teaching, the implications of “virtual IP” and a “virtual economy” our plans for the “Virtual School of Anatomy, Physiology and Human Biology” being built by Jay Jay Jegathesan and his team, and our links with the online medical school run by the University of Kentucky.

Participants are encouraged to attend in real life or, if they cannot attend through geographical or time constraints, to attend as their avatars in Second Life at Slurl.com/secondlife/UWA/13/9/28

The Speaker: Stuart Bunt is one of the last Professorial Fellows, Teaching and Learning left on campus. With Neville Bruce he introduced digitisation to histology, (taken so much further by Geoff Meyer) founded (with Miranda Grounds and Sarah Dunlop) the Image Analysis lab in APHB and (with Oron Catts and Miranda Grounds), SymbioticA, where he was scientific director for nearly a decade, he is CEO of the spin-off company Paradigm Diagnostics. A believer in universities as a catalyst for social justice and independent thought, Stuart is WA Division President of the NTEU, Vice president of UWAASA and was a senate member for 12 years. His research revolves around medical imaging, bioengineering and neuroscience with occasional forays into the theory and practice of bioart, pioneering, with the SymbioticA research group, the integration of “wetware” (fish neurons) with “hardware” (circuitry) to produce a prototype drawing cyborg known as “Fish and Chips”.
Speaker(s) Professorial Fellow Stuart Bunt, School of Anatomy, Physiology & Human Biology, UWA
Location Room 1.81, Anatomy, Physiology & Human Biology Building North
Contact Debbie Hull <[email protected]> : 6488 3313
Start Tue, 21 May 2013 13:00
End Tue, 21 May 2013 14:00
Submitted by Debbie Hull <[email protected]>
Last Updated Wed, 02 Oct 2013 15:19
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