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Holiday Wishes from Rockcliffe!

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Happy Holidays From Rockcliffe University!

Virtual Worlds Representing in the Edublog Awards

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Virtual Worlds Representing in the Edublog Awards

Since 2004, the Edublog awards have been offering a community driven people’s choice awards for blogs, social media and social networks centered on education. This year, social media nominations focused on education in virtual worlds was encouraged. Below are the virtual world nominations on the shortlist for the Edublog awards.

Best edTech blog – GridJumper’s Blog http://gridjumper.net/

Best twitter hashtag – #slpeeps

Best use of media/video/podcast – Knowclue’s Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education 2011 http://knowclue.wikispaces.com/Machinima+Through+Multiple+Lenses

Best educational use of a wiki – WoWinSchool http://wowinschool.pbworks.com/w/page/5268731/FrontPage

Best PD/unconference/webinar – Virtual Round Conference Table http://www.virtual-round-table.com/

Best educational use of a social network – Cognitive Dissonance http://cognitivedissonance.guildportal.com

Voting is open until December 13th at 1159 pm EST. The winners will be announced at Edublog Award Ceremony on December 14, 2011. For more information please go to http://edublogawards.com/

Dec 10, 9:30AM – 9PM SL/PST Rockcliffe Celebrates 5 Years in Second Life: Open House “Past, Present & Futures of Virtual Worlds”

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Rockcliffe would like to invite you to celebrate 5 years in Second Life. Join us as we take a look at Virtual Worlds Past, Present and Future.

9:30AM – 10:00AM SL/PST Opening Keynote: Kevin Feenan (Phelan Corrimal), CEO of Rockcliffe University
http://slurl.com/secondlife/Rockcliffe%20I/5/13/31

10:00AM – 11:00AM SL/PST Rant Ugajin : Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) and Prim Media in Second Life
http://slurl.com/secondlife/Rockcliffe%20I/5/13/31
Rant Agajin, from Ama Gi, will be presenting on the use of scalable vector graphics, prim media, and how SVG can be used to augment presentations within virtual classrooms.

11:00AM – 11:45AM SL/PST Agilebill Firehawk: Immersive Project Simulation Management Training
http://slurl.com/secondlife/Agile%203D/61/122/25

Join us as we learn how to manage projects using the popular “Scrum” stile of Agile Project Management. A simulation in the Agile 3d Factory will help you learn more.

12:00PM – 12:45PM SL/PST Agilebill Firehawk: Roundtable with Agile Scrum Lean Project Management
http://slurl.com/secondlife/Agile%203D/61/122/25

Bring your project management pains to a discussion that will offer you some cures. We will share what we learned the tour of the Agile 3d Factory, and highlight where skills can be added onto you resume.

12:00PM – 12:45PM SL/PST VWBPE Informational Session
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Rockcliffe%20Library/169/69/23

The Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education Conference – now in its fifth year. Join us to learn about new opportunities for games and simulations, machinima, action research projects, and MOOCS – all new to this year’s conference. http://www.vwbpe.org/

1:00PM – 2:00PM SL/PST Kevin Feenan (Phelan Corrimal): Virtual Achievements in Education
http://slurl.com/secondlife/Rockcliffe%20I/5/13/31

Over the past five years Rockcliffe has participated in some truly pivital moments in the history of Second Life and the metaverse in general. Join us as I share our virtual collaborative achievements over the past five years and how Rockcliffe has helped to support the community.

2:00PM – 2:45PM Virtual Worlds and 3D Media Arts
http://slurl.com/secondlife/Rockcliffe%20I/5/13/31

Host: Mal Burns – Metaverse News Aggregator & Broadcaster https://twitter.com/malburns

Pooky Amsterdam: Virtual world media rich in color, immersive in experience which offers great opportunity for original real–time engagement. http://pookymedia.com/

Draxtor Despres/Bernard Drax writes music for TV, commercials and feature films.
http://draxtor.com

Tara Yeats: Machinimatographer, ersatz writer and all around smart-ass http://www.tarayeats.com

Gracie Kendal/Kristine Schomaker : Blow-dryer-wielding, polaroid-shooting new media, performance artist and painter who just finished publishing her 2nd volume of the 1000 Avatars Fine art book in RL. www.1000avatars.wordpress.com

2:00PM-2:45PM Pamala Clift – Roadside Discussion Where do you see the trajectory of Virtual Worlds headed? What other virtual worlds have you inhabited.. the good & bad. http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Agile%203D/39/216/3

2:45PM -3:30PM Can Virtual Health lead to Real Life Wellness?
http://slurl.com/secondlife/Rockcliffe%20I/5/13/31

Host: Zinnia Zauber/Renne Emiko Brock-Richmond is an artist, instructor, and superhero♥ who promotes the importance of creative education and community participation in the arts that are active and inclusive. http://uniqueasyou.com/

Gentle Heron/Alice Krueger : President, Virtual Ability, Inc. www.virtualability.org

Brena Benoir: Preferred Family Healthcare, non-profit mental health consultant http://www.pfh.org/

Thinkerer Melville/Selby Evans: Blogger on arts, communications, social tech, and other things in virtual worlds. (obvious case of ADHD) http://virtualoutworlding.blogspot.com/

3.00pm – 3.45pm Hawc Decosta, Criminal Professor Police Budgets and the Recession: Is Your Public Safety at Risk?
http://slurl.com/secondlife/CJ%20EdTech/54/159/24

3:30PM – 4:30PM A Virtual Future
Casual conversation concerning the future of virtual worlds:
http://slurl.com/secondlife/Rockcliffe%20I/5/13/31

Tab Scott/Terry Beaubois World-wandering amazing architect of Virtual Existences.

Ham Rambler/John Mahon bon-vivant, Barman and purveyor of the Best of Ireland in Second Life. http://www.dublinvl.com

Will Burns/Aeonix Aeon : A true master of prims and pixels, from academic to application for over fifteen years. Author, researcher and IEEE Object Interoperability Lead. (Darian Knight in other worlds ..). http://blog.andromeda3d.com , http://www.metaversestandards.org

4:30PM – 5:00PM Rockcliffe and the Future (Kevin Closing Keynote)
http://slurl.com/secondlife/Rockcliffe%20I/5/13/31

Music at the George C. Dove Theatre: http://slurl.com/secondlife/Rockcliffe%20I/178/28/23
5:00-6:00PM Max Sabertooth: R&B, Soul, Country, Pop, Lite Rock, Jazz, Motown as well as Contemporary Country
6:00-7:00PM DJ Steve Rumsford: Covers 1950s-2000s rock, pop, urban, hip-hop, dance and classic jazz

Wed Nov 23, 4:30pm SL/PST Inside the Avatar’a Studio with John Mahon/Ham Rambler

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In Conversation with John Mahon: Beagán agus a rá go maith
Wednesday November 23, 2011 at 4:30pm PST

John Mahon (aka Ham Rambler), an Irish commercial pilot now currently based in Reykjavik, Iceland.
In Second Life, Ham is the owner of Dublin Live, 3 sims devoted to a detailed recreation of Ireland’s capital.
Dublin Virtually Live is his vision and ongoing creation. These sims provide value as a convivial meeting place as well as a venue for business conferences and John has created a recruitment center.

The concept came from his first development in Second Life, the Blarney Stone bar, which opened in 2005 on the mainland, and hosted the first Music festival the same year.

On opening the Dublin sims, they were featured by Fox News, Irish TV News and print media, resulting in a major sponsorship contract with Tourism ireland.

John presented Dublin Virtually Live at the opening of the IBM Innovation centre in Dublin in 2009.
Among the innovative ideas featured in Dublin was the Live Simulcast of a Television program called ‘Let’s Talk Music’ from Malta, featuring major international singers, song writers, producers and composers.
He has spoken at a number of SLCC conferences and was a Track leader during SLCC 2010 . He has also been involved with the Metameets conference in Amsterdam and Dublin. Thanks to his involvment, Metameets was hosted by the Dublin Institue of Technology.

Wed July 27, 5PM SL/PST Inside the Avatar’s Studio with Dick Dillon/Coughran Mayo: NGOs

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In Conversation with Dick Dillon/Coughran Mayo: NG(ut-Ohs)

July 27 – 5:00 PM SL/PST (8:00 PM EST)

Simultaneous live broadcast at http://metaversetv.com/live/

Host: Kevin Feenan (SL: Phelan Corrimal), President of Rockcliffe University Consortium

Rockcliffe Rotunda (Second Life), Rockcliffe University Consortium
SLURL: http://slurl.com/secondlife/Rockcliffe%20Library/243/12/29

If there is to be a brave new virtual world, non-governmental organizationals (NGOs) and non-profits are going to have the hardest time living in it. NGOs and non-profits typically focus on individual services which are very selective and individualistic. While virtual environments provide the opportunity to expand social networking, they also profit a potentially difficult environment to engage in services which are focused in the physical world.

This week Kevin and Dick Dillon discuss the challenges and benefits on leveraging virtual environments for social outreach within a non-profit environment.

Dick Dillon (SL: Coughran Mayo)
Senior VP, Planning and Development (non profit mental health)
http://www.pfh.org

PFH is a comprehensive behavioral health non-profit organization established in 1979 providing substance abuse treatment/prevention and mental health services throughout Missouri.

Wed April 20 – 4:30 PM SL/PST: Inside The Avatar Studio with Pooky Amsterdam: All the World’s a Stage

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Wednesday, April 20 – 4:30 PM SL/PST (7:30 PM EST)
Simultaneous live broadcast at http://metaversetv.com/live/

Host: Kevin Feenan (Phelan Corrimal), CEO of Rockcliffe University

Rockcliffe Rotunda (Second Life), Rockcliffe University Consortium
SLURL: http://slurl.com/secondlife/Rockcliffe%20Library/243/12/32

Filmed Live by Metaverse Television: www.metaversetv.com/live

Kevin and Pooky will be discussing the implications for new media on the social construction of reality and their influence on virtual worlds.

Amongst other topics, they will examine how creative outlets for “media focused development” can influence the nature of how we perceive the world around us.

Pooky Amsterdam believes this is the Golden Age of the Internet, and its goal is live TV and entertainment original production of the. Realtime animation, also known as Machinima, is filmed in 3D virtual Worlds with avatars representing the great genre of the future.

Pooky is the co-host, producer and writer for “The 1st Question”, “Treet.Tv‘s weekly Quiz Show To The Stars and also hosts “The Dating Casino”, a weekly show that explores romantic relationships. Between both these shows she had over 140 shows on the Internet, since May of 2008.

Web Site: http://www.pookymedia.com/ & http://www.pookymediafilms.com/

Facebook Group: Rockcliffe University http://bit.ly/facebookRUC
Twitter: URockcliffe http://twitter.com/urockcliffe

Monday March 7, 12PM SL/PST Metanomics: Veteran-Civilian Dialogues

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Who’s Listening? Spirituality in the Age of the Machine

Please join us to watch the show at Rockcliffe University, a Metanomics Event Partner where it will be streamed live from the Studio.

http://slurl.com/secondlife/Rockcliffe%20I/150/220/69 or watch it in direct on the Metanomics’ website http://www.metanomics.net/show/

Doug Thompson (Dusan Writer) guest hosts the Metanomics program at 12pm PST. His guests will be Larry Winters, Scott Thompson and Rev. Robert Chase of Intersections International.

This program, which shares news of Dialogue sessions which took place in Second Life has been planned for weeks, but it may be best represented by the New York Times reporter who sat in on a recent NYC session and described it in the February 8th New York Edition:

“Dozens of strangers formed a circle around Scott Schumacher, a veteran of the war in Afghanistan, who sat in the center of the room and began to speak matter-of-factly about the most painful experiences of his life. He mentioned a memorial that he had just seen outside, listing the names of friends who were killed in Afghanistan. “Hell, my name should be up there,” he said brusquely to the group, “because I didn’t come home.”

“The setting was a workshop exploring war and its psychological aftermath, held on Friday evening at the headquarters of Intersections International, a social justice nonprofit group, on Fifth Avenue in Midtown. The three-hour session was intended to strengthen relationships between members of the armed services who have returned home and civilians.

“The project was developed by two men, both psychotherapists: Lawrence J. Winters, a Vietnam veteran and an author; and Scott Thompson, a staff member at Intersections International and a former Army chaplain. The dialogue on Friday was the 20th in a series that began two and a half years ago: there have been similar events in Seattle, Indianapolis and on the Internet, via the virtual world Second Life. They are free and open to the public, but reservations are required. In the coming months, Mr. Winters and Mr. Thompson said, they hope to find partners who can use the model in other communities.

“The goal,” Mr. Winters said, “is to create a space for a story to be told, to try to counter isolation.””

The Intersection of Civilian’s Pain and Veteran’s Silence | Intersections International http://www.intersectionsinternational.org/blog/2011/02/01/intersection-civilian-s-pain-and-veteran-s-silence

http://www.intersectionsinternational.org/about-us

Facebook Group: Rockcliffe University http://bit.ly/facebookRUC
Twitter: URockcliffe http://twitter.com/urockcliffe

Inside The Avatar’s Studio: In Conversation with Wiz Nordberg – Behind the Camera Feb 16 3PM SL/SLT

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In Conversation with Wiz Nordberg: Behind the Camera
Wednesday, February 16 at 3 PM SL/PST – 6:00 PM EST – 12:00 PM CET

This month’s guest is Wiz Nordberg. Kevin and Wiz will be discussing the growing relationship between broadcasting and virtual environments and what this means in the light of increasingly mobile communications where the market is as much a producer of video content as it is a consumer.

Wiz Nordberg is the founder and CEO of Treet TV, http://treet.tv (formerly known as SLCN), the world’s first virtual television network of entertainment and lifestyle programs. SLCN started streaming live events from Second Life in March of 2007 and now as Treet TV continues to cover live high-profile events for Linden Lab and others.

In the physical world, Wiz is a software engineer and serial entrepreneur who has years of experience in the tech sector and venture funded start-ups. He was the system architect in several commercial software products and in 1996 Wiz established a respected web development agency in Melbourne Australia. Projects focused on entertainment properties for major record companies like BMG, Universal Music, Warner Music, and others. 1999 led to a new division that pioneered broadband webcasting in Australia with The Mushroom 25th Anniversary ‘Concert of the Century’.

Recently Wiz has provided expertise to tech start-ups as a consultant with Australian government commercialization programs.

Wiz currently lives in a small bayside village on the Mornington Peninsula near Melbourne.

Facebook Group: Rockcliffe University http://bit.ly/facebookRUC
Twitter: URockcliffe http://twitter.com/urockcliffe

Host: Kevin Feenan (Phelan Corrimal), CEO of Rockcliffe University

Rockcliffe Rotunda (Second Life), Rockcliffe University Consortium
SLURL: http://slurl.com/secondlife/Rockcliffe%20Library/243/12/29

Filmed Live by Metaverse Television: www.metaversetv.com/live

Monday, Feb 7 12:00PM SL/PST Metanomics Daryl J. Bem Social Psychologist Emeritis

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Join us at Rockcliffe University, a Metanomics Event Partner, to watch this week’s show streaming live at
SLURL: http://slurl.com/secondlife/Rockcliffe%20I/150/220/69

Metanomics host Robert Bloomfield welcomes fellow Cornell professor Daryl J. Bem, Social Psychologist Emeritus

Professor Bem has written extensively on subjects that could be deemed official topics of virtual worlds conversations. He obtained a degree in Physics from Reed College in 1960 and continued with graduate studies at MIT. But the shift in attitudes towards desegregation in the American South brought on by the Civil Rights movement proved so intriguing that he completed a PhD in Social Psychology from the University of Michigan (1964) and embarked upon a teaching career at several top American universities.

He retired from Cornell in 2007 with an impressive list of publications and has continued his research resulting in the pending publication of Feeling the Future: Experimental evidence for anomalous retroactive influences on cognition and affect in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. The article has been making headlines for weeks from the New York Times, You Might Already Know This.. http://nyti.ms/h6edfe to Precognition and Porn | Science | Fortean Times http://bit.ly/frFxE2

Professor Bem has published on several diverse topics in psychology, including group decision making, self-perception, personality theory, ESP, and sexual orientation. He is coauthor of an introductory textbook in psychology and the author of Beliefs, Attitudes, and Human Affairs (1970). His home page contains detailed information: http://dbem.ws/index.html

Feel free to contact me with any issues you may experience. And remember, you can also view the show on the web at http://www.metanomics.net/show/

Virtual Ability provides the V2T transcription so that the audio from the show can be accessed in text format in real-time. If you would like to view the V2T transcript during the show, which is meaning-for-meaning not word-for-word, please join the SL group:
Metanomics V2T Voice to Text

Facebook Group: Rockcliffe University http://bit.ly/facebookRUC
Twitter: URockcliffe http://twitter.com/urockcliffe

Inside The Avatar’s Studio: In Conversation with Robert Bloomfield

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In Conversation with Robert Bloomfield: The first 2500 days – Insights & Implications
Wednesday, January 19, 3:00 PM SL/PST – 6:00 PM EST – 12:00 PM CET

This month, Inside Avatar’s Studio opens its 2011 season with guest Robert Bloomfield (Beyers Sellers). Kevin and Robert will be discussing the past, present, and future implications of what the first 2500 days of Second Life has meant in terms of social change, market-dynamics and impetus for innovation as we proceed into the next 2500 days.

Robert Bloomfield is a professor at the Cornell University Johnson Graduate School of Management.

Over the past four years, Robert has been an advocate for serious uses of virtual worlds for education and distance collaboration. His extensive experience includes the use of simulation software to study effects of regulatory policy, investor welfare and financial market behaviors. Robert’s virtual world activities have been covered extensively in the media, from Business Week and The New York Times to CFO Magazine, Technology Review.

Currently, Robert is the host and editor-in-chief of the weekly Metanomics event series in Second Life, in addition to serving on the editorial boards of peer-reviewed journals including The Accounting Review, Journal of Accounting and Economics, and Journal of Accounting Research.

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