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Class 11: Project presentations

May 3, 2013


Well done to both groups who presented projects. The quality of the content was excellent and impressed the panel of judges. Each presentation was coherent, interesting, well researched and referenced. In addition, the presentations were well planned, built and delivered. One aspect the particularly impressed the judges was how well the participants dealt with some of the technical problems that (inevitably) arose. Well done!



Class 10: Project progress

April 26, 2013

This class was devoted to reviewing progress on the group project.


Class 9: Discussion

April 19, 2013


We read about Paris Brown the 17-year-old girl who was forced to resign from her post as Britain’s first youth police commissioner with the emergence of embarrassing tweets she posted a few years previously. The article underpinned a discussion about the importance of managing your online profile rather than allowing it to develop in an ad hoc manner that could be problematic later. Issues that were surfaced included the use of multiple profiles or identities, the value of joining social media spaces versus the ‘cost’, terms of use, and the future of online engagement. Poker players suggest that if you cannot tell the sucker during a game then it is yourself – we have often suggest in this module that if you are not paying for a service then you are the product. The lesson is to be aware of how social media and online engagement works and try to make informed decisions about membership of any group.


Class 8: Project progress

April 11, 2013


The session was devoted to reviewing the progress on the group project.


Class 7: Making the project work

March 21, 2013


Two graduates of this module from the previous semester returned to share their wisdom and experiences with the class. Dudley Dreamscape and Inish Karu spoke about the group project: how to manage group dynamics, determine each member’s skill set, share the workload, monitor progress and deliver the killer presentation. They also discussed ways of promoting the event and ensuring there is an audience on the night.


Class 6: Content creation, part two

March 13, 2013


Guest Lecturers Sitearm Madonna and Elfay Pinkdot delivered this week’s class at the Dublin Conference Area.

The aim of this class was to get participants thinking about and using the tools needed for creating the final presentation and what the implications of making your own or using existing ones might be.

Madonna and Pinkdot covered a list of collaborative tools used for making and uploading: videos, audio tracks, images etc, with emphasis on how these funnel into a typical IOLE Formal Presentation including whether to do it inworld or via YouTube.

This list of tutorials to watch BEFORE class was circulated in advance; to save time and give you a chance to absorb the technical aspects of these tools.  *NOTE: some of these tutorials refer to SL viewers that you may not be using, you may need to look on your own viewer to find where the buttons are located – but they will be there!

There will be time for Q & A during class.


Class 5: Content creation, part one

March 8, 2013


The class discussion started by talking about Axel Bruns’ concept of the Consumer – Prosumer – Produser as outlined in his online lecture given as reading material last week. We considered what constitutes online content – from text to image – and how it is generated. Sharing content, making it widely available and generating an income from it raised the question of professional versus amateur content creators and this led to considering the nature of ‘value’. What value might our content have? and how can we determine that value?

The fair use of our content by others prompted an example from Locks about the student who discovered a photo of herself she had posted on Facebook was used by Tesco on a line of child’s shirts without her knowledge. Copyright and Intellectual Property (IP) issues were touched on as means of protecting content but the difficulty and cost of enforcement were recognised as issues.

We discussed the project work and asked that a brief progress report be given next week.


  1. Read: the journal article User-Generated Content & Virtual Worlds by Greg Lastowka. Written in 2008 it nevertheless identifies some key legal issues for those creating content in online virtual worlds.
  2. Read: this thoughtful blog post about the legal issues around protecting ‘things’ you create in SL. Read the comments also. Content and Licensing in Virtual Worlds.
  3. Write: the fifth post to your blog on content creation.

Class 4: Online communities and relationships

February 28, 2013


12:00 SLT/20:00 GMT: Class will begin at the regular DIT classroom in Virtual Dublin for about 45 minutes.

Then a brief presentation from Elfay Pinkdot from 12:45 to 13:00. You can find her website with links to her other projects and networks here. You can find a recent bio here. The second part of class will move to another SIM in Second Life until 13:30

Today’s guest artist is award-winning  machinima film maker, Iono Allen. See his latest collaboration is here. Please watch it before class begins today if you have time. His work can also be found on the guild page. Yes! there’s a guild for that! The goal is to interact with us and our guests – that means you’ll need to be able to teleport, use basic animations, talk in chat and voice, and most importantly; have your audio working to enable you to hear live streaming. There will be time for Q&A in chat before class ends. It’s social. loose. interactive and (supposed) to be fun! Prepare ahead of time so you can enjoy it and participate fully!


The class commenced with a discussion, continuing from last week, about the regulations and conventions governing the use of online social media tools and how etiquette developed from them. We talked about the differences between places such as Facebook and Linked In and how we deciphered relevant social codes and learned the appropriate behaviour. Participants spoke about their experiences meeting new people in SL over the previous week and how they learned about communities. The importance of having a coherent identity was raised in connection with joining groups.

Guest lecturer Elfay Pinkdot presented the rest of the class. She spoke about the development of her online life – from an early interest in how things around her worked, to a specific interest in technology.

As an early adopter of email, internet access, online communication and residency in virtual worlds, she has a unique perspective on their development. Describing the process of developing her online presence Elfay remarked on how it simply became an extension of her own personality. She also noted that it can often be easier to establish online relationships but that they require the same attention as any other relationship might.

She was able to indulge her passion for jazz by hosting a weekly show in SL for over five years and this formed the basis of an online network that evolved into a community and led to her connecting with other communities. There was some discussion on the organisation and regulation of communities, the rules governing access to SL and their enforcement and the development of behavioural conventions and etiquette.


  1. Post an entry to your blog: discussing the importance of regulation, convention and etiquette in online communities in your context.
  2. Listen to the lecture: ‘From Prosumer to Produser: Understanding User-Led Content Creation’ by Prof Axel Bruns (Creative Industries Faculty at Queensland Institute of Technology) who explains his theory of user-led collaborative content creation.

Class 3: Personal branding

February 22, 2013


The class discussed ideas around personal branding and referred back to the reading given in the first class. We started by looking at the About Me pages of your blogs and Elevator Pitches made last week. Issues around what your avatar looks like, how you behave online, how others might interpret your behaviour and privacy were raised. We talked about using your real identity and/or a nom en ligne (term for online name coined by Sitearm Madonna and related to nome de plume and nom de guerre) in the context of Second Life, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and blogging.

The appropriate use of LinkedIn versus Facebook raised the distinction between a personal and professional presence online and the difference between commercial branding and personal branding. The importance of being in control of your identity emerged as did the consequences of being available on free spaces such as Facebook where you are the product.

We touched on using these tools for engaging socially and networking.


  1. Go: outside your established community/group (eg, this class group) in SL and make contact with at least two people relevant to your interests (artist, gallery owner, shop selling art, etc).
  2. Decide: among your group what tools you will use for planning your project.
  3. Write the third: post on your blog explaining your choice of communication tools and reflect on how the group arrived at the decision.

Class 2: Working in Groups, assessment.

February 15, 2013


Class started with a quick review of last week and activities. And then students did their elevator pitches. The guests: Inish and Dudley from last year’s group gave feedback to the students.

Panel discussion on group working. Panel members: Site, Inish and Dudley. Site has kindly put up notes used here.

Details of the assessment are outlined here.

The theme is “changing tides.”

You have now been assigned to your groups.


  1. Explore: SL with your group. You are to visit at least 3 locations that are new to you. Find them in search, or ask other residents for recommendations or select them at random.
  2. Discuss: with your group how you are going to develop the project.  You might start by trying to determine how to interpret the theme “changing tides”
  3. Write the second post: on your blog reviewing the locations you visited. Explain how and why you chose them and what relevance they might have for your group.
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