Dr. Hanan "VRider" Gazit to present at the Learn, Teach and Play in 3D Virtual Worlds Virtual Seminar in Second Life

City University London, Oxford University and King’s College in London are organizing a virtual seminar entitled: Learn, Teach and Play in 3D Virtual Worlds, sponsored by JISC EMERGE

The virtual seminar is open for teachers, students, educational technologists, researchers, and anyone interested in 3D virtual worlds and games.

Dr. Elhanan Gazit Ph.D. (aka @VRider) presentation entitled:

Start your Engines! Real - Virtual Worlds Engaging Interactions

Massively Multiplayer On-line Games (MMOGs), social networked, and three-dimensional virtual worlds (3D), are merging to form the Web3D, known as the Metaverse. This presentation will focus on real - virtual worlds engaging learning interactions by using video games. Several Mash-up and video games concepts developed based on game engines and social networks such as facebook, at the Instructional System Technologies Department at H.I.T-Holon Institute of Technology will be presented together with H.I.T-Holon Institute of Technology second life's presence plans and coming SLACTIONS 2009 conference call.

Speaker Bio sketch

Dr. Elhanan Gazit is a faculty member of the instructional Systems Technologies department, at H.I.T-Holon Institute of Technology were he teaches on games and virtual worlds, interactive environments and knowledge representations. Hanan is the CEO of MetaverSense Ltd., an Israeli based company leading the use of virtual worlds, digital Games and social networks for instruction and business. Hanan holds a Ph.D. degree in the Learning Sciences and a Magna Cum Laude M.A. degree in Science Education, both from Tel-Aviv University. Hanan is a former post doctorate fellow researcher at LIRT Lab, Caesarea Edmond Benjamin de Rothschild Foundation Institute for Interdisciplinary Applications of Computer Science, University of Haifa. Hanan serves on the Association of Virtual Worlds' Advisory Board, on the Editorial Review Board of the International Journal of Gaming and Computer-Mediated Simulations. He founded the Digital Games Research Association [DiGRA] ISRAEL Chapter.

Time and place

The virtual seminar (7am SL time; 2pm UK time, Tuesday 17 March 2009) will take place at the Open Habitat Island http://slurl.com/secondlife/Open%20Habitat/31/162/23

In addition, a physical seminar (at City University) will take place a day before the face to face event and everyone is welcome. Further information of the physical event can be found here: http://learnteachandplay.eventbrite.com/

If you have further enquiries please do not hesitate to contact Ulrike Pfeil (U.Pfeil-1@city.ac.uk)

The organizing team:

Jim Ang, City University London

Panayiotis Zapihris, City University London

David White, Oxford University

Steven Warburton, King’s College

Palitha Edirisingha, University of Leicester

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