On 19th June in Second Life, the virtual world, is the second half of the final meeting in a seminar series funded by the Economic and Social Science Research Council (ESRC): Children's and young people's digital literacies in virtual online spaces. The first half of the conference takes place in Sheffield, UK, and the conference continues with a free event in Second Life. Delegates will need a Second Life avatar and the SL browser installed on their computer to participate.
The aim of this seminar series is to consider the digital literacy practices which take place in virtual online spaces and to explore potentialities for literacy educators. In this final conference, speakers will consider the nature of literacy in virtual worlds and Massively Multiplayer Online Games (MMOGs)
The start time is 2pm UK time, 6am Second Life time (for start times in other countries see http://tinyurl.com/39vvq6q ). The location is http://slurl.com/secondlife/Infolit%20iSchool/169/173/22 The Second Life schedule is as follows.
- 2pm (UK time) Sheila Webber (Sheila Yoshikawa in SL), University of Sheffield, host in SL - introduction
- 2.10-2.50 Peggy Sheehy (Maggie Marat in SL), I'm not good at Math but my avatar is
- 3pm – 3.40 Rebecca Black, University of California (Irvine)
- 3.50 – 4.20 Constance Steinkuehler, University of Wisconsin-Madison. Virtual worlds at the nexus of a constellation of literacy practice.
- 4.30 Wrap up from Julia Gillen, Lancaster University
Information on the whole day's event is at http://www.lancs.ac.uk/fass/events/digital-literacies/events/conference.htm and on the complete seminar series at http://www.lancs.ac.uk/fass/events/digital-literacies/index.htm