We have been invited to give a seminar at the OU on the 23rd of November 2007 as part of a series organised by CALRG and Anne Jelfs (more information is at the CALRG website).
In this seminar, the project team will adopt a work-in-progress stance, to report on various aspects of learning in Second Life, and in the online multiplayer game, World of Warcraft. We will describe our experiences in each of these social, virtual worlds, and discuss how these experiences inform our research. We will focus on particular themes, including drama, role-play and pedagogy, and the performance and the perceptions of in-world expertise. We will also discuss the rhetorics that surround both Second Life and World of Warcraft, in relation to our work as teachers, and as manifest in the expectation of new users.