I’m starting this blog as part of my participation in Connectivity and Connective Knowledge, an open course at the University of Manitoba taught by George Siemens and Stephen Downes. As someone who has been teaching in Second Life for the past four years, I’m very interested to see how this approach coincides with what I have learned about virtual worlds teaching, and I will be critiquing what I learn in this course from an avatar’s point of view.

I’m also coordinating the discussion group in the virtual world Second Life. If you are in the course and want to join the discussion group, I’ve set up Sunday, September 20 as a tentative time for a get-together. We can discuss meeting times then, or you can leave a comment on this page.

We’ll meet at 4pm EST (which is 1 pm Second LIfe time, as read at the top right-hand corner of your Second Life screen). If you’d like to join us:

  • Check your system requirements
  • Join Second Life
  • Log on and click the “search” button at the bottom of your screen. Click the “groups” tab at the top of the search window, enter “Connectivism & Connective Knowledge” in the search menu, and follow the link.
  • A profile appears. Click “join,” and you’re a member of the group. Messages for the group appear on your screen, or if you’re not in-world they will be forwarded to the e-mail address you used to sign up for Second Life.

If you need help, send me an instant message in Second Life. My avatar’s name is Ellie Brewster. Or e-mail me at elliebrewster@gmail.com