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Re: [gamedev-175] New Meetup: Games Gateway: Virtual Education From The Inside Out ? An example in THERE.com

From: Carl S.
Sent on: Monday, January 12, 2009 10:19 PM
We are excited to present this meet-up to the group.  The topic overlaps with several areas that I know some of you have expressed interest at past meetings.  This will be an opportunity to listen and ask questions to several educators who are trying to utilize existing online game services to create a learning environment.  The University of THERE is a shared resource being used by San Francisco State University, Georgia Tech, and others.

Also one of the instructors of the UOT (June Shaputis) specifically focuses on education issues for the disabled.  This is another topic that has been raised during side conversations at our meetings.  June should be on hand as well during the tour/presentation.

I want to specifically heap praise and thanks to Ellen Warren and Doug Sackin for their tireless efforts to secure the venue for our meeting.  They managed to cut through the red tape at SAIC and we have a very comfortable space for this meet-up.  Thank you Ellen and Doug!

Hope to see many of you at the meeting this Thursday, January 15th.

Carl


From: limor schafman <[address removed]>
To: [address removed]
Sent: Friday, January 9,[masked]:29:48 AM
Subject: [gamedev-175] New Meetup: Games Gateway: Virtual Education From The Inside Out ��� An example in THERE.com

Announcing a new Meetup for Games Gateway - U.S. Mid Atlantic Region!

Hello everyone,

We're on for our first meeting of this year on January 15th. I hope you were able to still hold the date as this program promises to be fascinating.

See you next week,
Limor

What: Games Gateway: Virtual Education From The Inside Out ��� An example in THERE.com

When: January 15,[masked]:30 PM

Where: 4001 North Fairfax Drive Arlington VA.
This is on the corner of North Fairfax and Quincy streets. There are two metro stops very close by. Ballston Metro is about a 2 minute walk, and the Virginia Square Metro station is about a 4 minute walk. There is free street parking starting at 6pm. The building doors will be locked so we will have someone at the ground floor entrance our guests into the building. We will be meeting on the 8th floor.

Here is a google map link of the area:
http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&geocode=&q=4001+N+fairfax+Drive,+arlington,+virginia&sll=37.0625,-95.677068&sspn=38.365962,72.597656&ie=UTF8&ll=38.883517,-77.108188&spn=0.00922,0.017724&z=16&g=4001+N+fairfax+Drive,+arlington,+virginia&iwloc=addr



Virtual Education From The Inside Out ��� An example in THERE.com
Co-presenters: Frank Whiting (Stungthumbz) and Dr. Celia Pearce (Artemesia)

The University of There (UOT) was established June 21, 2004, as a participative teaching and learning venue for the subscribers of the THERE.com service, and as a facility available to outside academic institutions for experimental instruction in a virtual world. The current Dean, Stungthumbz (Frank) has managed the facility since its establishment.

Courses of instruction range from the There-Unique such as Dog Handling, through ���real world��� skills such as Paint Shop Pro and Lore of the Plains Indians. These courses are not for credit, and no fee is charged to There members. In addition, are courses being presented by outside institutions such as San Francisco State University in Communications and Environmental Studies which are for credit, but allow THERE subscribers to audit the online activities.

While it is possible to operate in Windows mode and split the screen, most instructors prefer to use a combination of lecture, printed There books, specialized club forums and links to their own web sites. The real contribution by UOT is actually the managed instruction facility and the in-world advertising.

The presentation on 15 January will consist of a guided tour of the extensive UOT facilities, including a visit to a virtual classroom and a chance to meet some of the students and faculty.

About the speakers:
Frank Whiting is currently an Academic Instructor in Computer Science for Shasta College. He is a retired US Air Force officer and a retired Staff Senior Engineer for McDonnell Douglas Aerospace, where he worked on both the Space Shuttle and Space Station programs. The first computer he worked on had 750 vacuum tubes.

Dr. Celia Pearce, is the director Director of the Emergent Game Group at Georgia Tech, has been studying THERE.com for the past 5 years, and is currently doing research with the UOT.

I look forward to seeing you all there at There and at SAIC.

This event is organized byt Carl Symborski. Thank you, Carl!

I welcome others organizing gatherings, coming up with ideas we can organized together and etc. So please do note hesitate to vocalize and do.

See you all next Thursday,
Limor

Learn more here:
http://gamedev.meetup.com/175/calendar/9485025/

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