We gave a seminar at OU last week (as part of a seminar series for the Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology’s Computers and Learning Research Group).

I started with a short overview of the project, then we spoke about 3 bits of ongoing research. Martin talked about ‘communities of practice’ and hostility in SL, I came back on and spoke about ethics and methodology (and hostility, again) and Andrew wrapped up by speaking about drama, performance and education in relation to our first outings in SL with students.

We’ve had 2 informal sessions with our students in SL, and our taught sessions have now been set for the first week of December.

Martin has written up his recent work on SL forums, community and hostility. To read it, go to ‘Exclusion and Community in Second Life’ (listed as a page, in the menu to your right).