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Hub2 engages Allston residents in designing Honan Library Park

Something remarkable happened last night at the Hub2 Honan Library Park design session. People were laughing — laughing because they were having fun and enjoying an open design process. Nine residents of North Allston sat down with our staff, experienced the space virtually on both the big screen and their own laptops, and brainstormed how […]

Immersive Education Day presentation

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation for the talk I gave this afternoon at Immersive Education Day at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. [ EDIT: Link fixed. Sorry about that! ] [ UPDATE: The Chronicle of Higher Education reported on this event, and I’m mentioned near the end. ]

Hub2 at Immersive Education Day

I’m one of the slated panelists this Saturday at Media Grid‘s Immersive Education Day at Harvard University. Event Details December 8, 2007 from 2-5pm EST Askwith Lecture Hall in Longfellow Hall 13 Appian Way Cambridge, MA 02138 Directions Speakers Enabling the Age of Immersive Education [2-2:30pm EST] Aaron E. Walsh, Director, Immersive Education Initiative | […]

Eric Gordon & I present tonight on “Placeworlds”

Prof. Eric Gordon (Emerson College) and I are presenting a draft of our forthcoming paper, “Placeworlds: Using Virtual Worlds to Foster Civic Engagement,” at tonight’s CyberScholars forum hosted at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society. The paper provides the theoretical underpinnings of our Hub2 project with Emerson College and the City of Boston, and […]

Hub2 week 6; also: situated, synchronous spaces and their value in community-led design

My Hub2 class is chugging along, and I thought the halfway point would be an opportune time to “publish” the class agendas for the program so far on the off-chance that they might prove useful to someone contemplating a similar effort. I’m afraid it lacks the level of detail most people would need to run […]

Images from State of Play education workshop

Workshop panelist Grace Lim-Tan Keh Buoy has posted photos from our workshop at State of Play V in Singapore. Thanks Grace! I’m still hoping to acquire some video from the event, which I’ll compress and post as soon as possible.

State of Play Workshop postmortem : building a learning environment

Our workshop on creating learning environments in virtual worlds — trying to learn tricks from game developers — ended up providing, in itself, a spot lesson about user-centered design. Rather than tread the usual path of presentation / questions, we went for a participatory workshop. With that framework in place, we put ourselves at the […]

Workshop: Educational applications of virtual worlds @ State of Play V

I will be one of the facilitators of the workshop, Educational applications of virtual worlds at this year’s State of Play conference in Singapore: Some theorists argue that games are great environments for learning, but terrible tools for teaching. Is it true that we are still struggling to incorporate games and virtual worlds in the […]

Teaching property law in Second Life

Last semester, Seattle U. Professor of Law Elizabeth Townsend-Gard taught a 1L property class that included a Second Life component, in which students explored virtual property as a way to gain insight into real property. I find this pedagogical tool of using virtual worlds as a cognitive foil for the real one a fascinating way […]

Echoing Green to sponsor a virtual city

Echoing Green is awarding one of its coveted Fellowships to teacher and charter school founder Felix Brandon Lloyd for what could become a financial Game For Change to teach children financial literacy: CentsCity applies the engaging technology of online role-playing and social networking sites like the Sims and SecondLife to develop high school students’ financial […]