The NMC announced today the release of the first NMC Summer Conference Proceedings.
Attendees at the 2007 NMC Summer Conference, held in June at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis, were asked to identify sessions of special merit that should be included in the 2007 NMC Summer Conference Proceedings, an invitation-only publication juried by the membership of the NMC.
The 2007 NMC Summer Conference was an amazing event for the NMC and its participants. In our ongoing effort to capture much of the experience for those that were not present (and those that were too), here we try to summarize a vast array of resources we have gathered for you on the "new" NMC web site.
Below we descibe more in the use of "tagging" content to aggregate it externally among many web sites, but on the new NMC web site, any content we or you create can also be tagged with keywords, so by using the nmc2007 keyword/tag on every bit of content, we have an easy way to pull it all together into one collection.
Closing keynote session at the 2007 NMC Summer Conference...
Early activities in the exploration of new media opportunities involved the invention of new media modes, forms and genres. These have included wikis, blogs, videologs, text messaging, email, hypermedia, and more. These representations have taken advantage of media-rich elements, interconnectivity, and social participation. Given the establishment of these "new media" uses, the challenge has now become the development of an expressive constituency that is competent in these new media forms, and, more importantly, that is capable of choosing which of these is important for what context.
It is not yet possible for us to duplicate the richness amd complexity of the real world in a virtual world. What instructional deisgn elements can we use to simulate real world experiences? What affordances do these virtual spaces offer that the real world does not and what are the barriers to success?
At the 2007 NMC Summer Conference, a panel of educators tackled these and other complex issues in an exploration in the use of virtual worlds in the classroom.
A featured session at the 2007 NMC Summer Conference
Cynthia Calongne, (also known as Lyr Lobo in Second Life) joined the Computer Science Department at Colorado Technical University (CTU) in 1996. She develops and teaches undergraduate and graduate software engineering courses that benefit from activities and projects in Second Life. For over thirteen years, she worked as a software engineer in support of Air Force Space Command and on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. Her doctoral research included designing and building a PC-based immersive virtual reality system and a new user interface for it.
Given a large number of participants at the 2007 NMC Summer Conference who participate in Second Life, we convened a special late night session for those present in Indianapolis (a first time real life meeting for just about everyone) to share some highlights from the conference.
Using our streaming audio equipment, we were able to share this conversation with remote participants who joined us via the NMC Campus in Second Life.
Robin Winters, one of the NMC Virtual World design team, takes the microphone. On the laptop is the scene where visitors to NMC in Second Life were able to listen to the conversation and send their questions via chat.
Joining the conversations are the real life avatars of our collleagues we've known up to now only in Second Life!
Pleasure, Play, Participation and Promise: Socio-emotional Dimensions of Digital Culture Which are Transforming the Shape of New Media Literacies a featured session at the 207 NMC Summer Conference.
About Scott Pagano
As filmmaker, motion designer, and spatial reconstructionist, Scott Pagano creates moving image content utilizing shards of architecture, disfunction, and futurism. With influences ranging from minimal painting to cinema, his work offers a re-envisioned perspective on the graphic stratas that saturate our visual perception.