Author Archives: Rebecca

About Rebecca

I am a research fellow at The Open University. My research interests focus on how people learn together online and in blended environments, and I have studied blogs, online conference and interaction in both Second Life and Teen Second Life.

Virtual memorials

One of my research interests is heritage sites in Second Life. I’m currently looking at memorials – for real-world events, for virtual events, and for cross-overs – when the loss of the avatar appears more real than the death of … Continue reading

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Time runs fast in virtual worlds

While researching heritage in Second Life, I noted that time speeds up in virtual worlds. Events that took place only months ago are referred to as part of the world’s history. When your world is only five years old, anything … Continue reading

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Joyful, visionary research

My research group spent a successful day this week brainstorming and developing projects together. We began by considering what we enjoy about research, and found that social and affective factors are hugely important to us. We wanted to carry out … Continue reading

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The best school in the world?

My local junior school is currently rethinking its vision. This isn’t an empty exercise – the school vision underpins everything that happens at the school, and is referred to on a daily basis. We’re asking everyone in the school community … Continue reading

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Handheld Links

Welcome to our presentation at Handheld Learning 2007. These are links which you should be able to follow during or after the presentation. Second Life AjaxLife Schome Introduction to the project See the post: ‘Teen Second Life … Continue reading

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Interactivity at ALT-C

Here we are in a lecture theatre, hearing how the lecture has remained essentially unchanged over700 or so years. Up on the screen at the front are remote participants putting up their comments. The speaker’s words have sent them off … Continue reading

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Keynote: Google’s director of research

Live blogged. Peter Norvig: learning in an open world. Shows us a picture of a lecture from 1350AD – when the lecture was a fantastic innovation. Lots of people sitting in rows, having someone reading from the one book. Even … Continue reading

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Looking ahead

ALT-C next year will be chaired by Jill Jameson and John… Hmm, they’re going through their slides incredibly quickly. Missed the important bits. Next year it’s going to be about Digital Divides. OK, I’ve just googled Jill and she’s at … Continue reading

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Geocaching and mobile devices

Unfortunately the Law and Social Sciences building won’t allow me on to its wireless network. This means live blogging has to be produced in a file and pasted into the blog later. So it’s a delayed live blog. As I … Continue reading

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