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Class 4: Project briefing

October 18, 2018

John started class by reminding everyone who hasn’t already done so to send in a link to their blogs. To date there are ten blogs outstanding. You are reminded to read the module website page about assessment and note that your blogs will be assessed after this week, again after week 8 and, finally, at the end of the module. It is important also that you read and understand the criteria for assessment.

There was some discussion about the elevator pitch and questions about how to go about it. Some of you were unclear about just what was expected so John explained that this was simply an exercise to give you the opportunity to have your avatar stand up and make a presentation – just to give the experience. He suggested you could talk about your choice of avatar costume, your interests and skills or anything that you feel like. LouHug, bennagle, Whimseyy and PeterKeane all got the task over with – others will be called on at random over the next few classes!

Most of you had read the Group Project brief so John started the discussion by reviewing the assessment criteria. The importance of ensuring you know exactly what you are being assessed on can’t be overstated. There is no point in working really hard on something that yields no benefit so, read (and regularly re-read) the assessment criteria for the Group Project given on the Module Assessment page. John recommends reviewing the criteria at least once a week and after each group meeting.

We considered precisely what was expected under each criterion noting that the actual content of the project is only one of the six criteria. John also emphasised that the main learning from this project is about team dynamics and group work. You should expect to run into difficulties when working together: some individuals will work hard and contribute while others may not; some will never turn up to meetings; others will go off on tangents and produce work that is not relevant. DON’T WORRY. That is a very common experience in group and team work. It is exacerbated when you are working online. The point of this project is to allow you experience it in a safe environment. Your task is to observe this behaviour, reflect on it and offer a critical response informed by your understanding of how group dynamics and the roles to be played by team members. Your mark will be based on your own work and is not dependent on your team mates’ contributions.

The content of the project was selected to give you an opportunity to consider your role in contributing to society as you emerge as educated professionals. Despite the pressure to earn a living and compete you need to consider your wider responsibility to the global community of this planet as a citizen. We have been warned that we are exhausting our resources and will be faced with the consequences in the coming decades. It is your generation that must start the search for a new way of engaging with one another and our home planet. The references given in the brief offer some starting points for your consideration.

Bernard Stiegler

French philosopher Bernard Stiegler, whose writing is referenced in the project brief, is currently in Dublin for the DIT GradCam hosted Inter-Nation – European Art Research Network conference in the Wood Quay Venue.

Most of you have met, or at least attempted to meet, in your groups since last week and some teams have set up Facebook groups for communicating. For the next class you are to meet in your teams to talk about the project and how you might approach it. Remember, you are still at the ‘Forming’ stage of your team – getting to know each other and learning how to work together. You should begin the ‘Storming’ stage by starting to brainstorm ideas for the project. Don’t worry about deciding on any one idea this week – just talk about a range of interesting approaches you could take.

You should continue to meet regularly to work on the project and your blog-writing should reflect on these meetings and your progress on the project.

Remember to join the class Facebook page so that you can keep in touch with developments between classes, such as the poll about the day for next weeks class. The following week is Review Week so there is no class. Use this time to get started on your project – the presentation date will be will be around the corner before you know it!

THINGS TO DO BEFORE THE NEXT CLASS:

  1. Read: the texts given in the Group Project.
  2. Meet: in your teams to discuss the project and brainstorm ideas for development.
  3. Write the fourth post: to your blog reviewing this meeting (or, reflecting on why the meeting didn’t happen).
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Class 2: Project teams

February 21, 2014

CLASS SUMMARY:

The class started with each student presenting an ‘elevator pitch’ that essentially consisted of a brief introduction to themselves, their area of study, and particular interest in this module.

This was followed by a presentation on team working skills by guest tutor and module graduate Sitearm Madonna.  The slides for this presentation can be viewed here: http://www.slideshare.net/sitearm/virtual-collaboration-tips-and-tools

The participants were then divided into three groups and the module project was introduced and discussed. Full details and the project specifications are given on page 6 Module Assessment. The theme for the project is: ‘Reality’. There is a growing tension between what is considered reality by different generations and groups in society. We know it is possible to live predominantly in a virtual medium and this trend is likely to continue and be more easily afforded with ongoing technological advances. Each participant is asked to explore what makes up reality to themselves and, in particular, how any virtual lives and online engagements are integrated into their daily reality.

The three groups decamped across Akron Island to allow the members to get to know each other, discuss how they might proceed as a group, arrange communication channels and meeting times.

The teams are:

  1. ania, Daniel, Sam, Michael, Knitsy, and Mitch Madness
  2. Seranox1, Irale, Leela, Mandana, and Twinkle Toes
  3. Q, Benisgreat, Knightt, Lewis, Andrew, and Garrett

Please note: There are at least two other Akron students who cannot make it to our Thursday meetings. They are not on a team yet, but if you can coordinate other times to meet with them and other ways to communicate, please recruit them to your team.  They are: Lindsay and SteveSykes (you can search for them and find them in SL).

ACTIVITIES FOR NEXT CLASS:

  1. Explore: Get to know your group members and 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: ideas for your project with your group how you are going to develop the project.
  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.
  4. Read: Personal Branding Basics for 2011 (accessed on 02/21/14) by Chris Brogan, expert in online community, social media, and related technologies.

There is plenty of interesting writing about Second Life and virtual worlds across the web in online publications such as Virtual Worlds Magazine. Seek them out and try to discover others for yourself.

Virtual Anthropology and the Prometheus Myth (accessed on 02/21/14) by Salahzar Stenvaag in Virtual Worlds Magazine

Forget Playing Games. Meet the Man who wants to Empower you to Make Games (accessed on 02/21/14) by Stephen Totilo in kotaku.com

Your Second Life is Ready (accessed on 02/21/14) is an interesting, and still relevant, introduction to Second Life from Popular Science in 2005.

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