The University of North Carolina Teaching and Learning with Technology Conference will be held entirely in Second Life and is free to all those who register. I will be the plenary presenter at the opening of the conference on Tuesday, April 13th, at 9:00pm Eastern Time (6:00am Second Life Time). The conference lasts for three days and has over 50 scheduled sessions in a well-rounded and well-informed schedule.
You can find general information about the conference here: http://conference.unctlt.org/
The conference sessions are listed here: http://conference.unctlt.org/program/index.php
And registration is here: http://conference.unctlt.org/registration/overview.php
Here is the description of my session:
Big wheels generally move slowly and formal education can be a fairly big wheel. For many years, how we taught did not change. More recently there has been a shift from the “sage on the stage” methodology to a “guide on the side” approach. This constructivist approach has been at the heart of Montclair State University’s (MSU) nearly 3-year adventure in Second Life. AJ Kelton (SL: AJ Brooks), Director of Emerging Instructional Technology for the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at MSU, will take session attendees through the three phases of adoption MSU has gone through since opening their first of three islands in April of 2007. Included will be detailed highlights of some of the most popular and pedagogically sound locations on MSU’s Second Life presence. The discussion will conclude with a brief look at what could be next for education and virtual environments. Following this presentation Mr. Kelton will take question from the audience.