Archive for February, 2008

Published by Joe Sanchez on 23 Feb 2008

Presidential Primary Debate at UT

Last night the presidential primary debate was held on campus at the University of Texas. This is the first time in my life that the Texas Primary actually matters and I have been very excited about having my vote 1 vote say in the matter. I had to be on campus from 4-5pm for a meeting with Jeremiah Spence who i will be co-presenting with at the  Virtual Web Symposium in De Balie Ansterdam. Since I was a few blocks away from the debate i thought i would walk over and take a look. I took a few snapshots with my 2 day old iPhone to try and capture the environment. It was a high energy crowd with the majority of people for Obama.

Front view of Debate
The Front of the Rec Center where the debate was held

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Hillary Supporter

Obama people
Obama signs

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Ron Paul people Ron Paul people. They had a funny sign that said “DON’T TAX ME BRO”

George Lopez at Democratic Debate Look its George Lopez!

Published by Joe Sanchez on 21 Feb 2008

Metaverse U and me

Metaverse U was a fantastic conference/workshop  that i attended last week at Stanford. I planned on adding my notes here but I don’t think can add anything that hasn’t already been said and aggregated at technorati + metaverse U 

My course syllabus was quoted in an article titled A Disruptive Technologyin University World News in January. I stumbled upon the link while looking for this article from Government Technology that features the work of Texas universities using Second Life and a few pictures from my flickr page. I figured now is a good time to make a blog post where i could keep all these links together. Maybe now i won’t have to search for these articles when I try to explain what I’ve been working on. 

Young Librarians Talk about The Future of Their Professions is a piece from the Chronicle of Higher Education that I really like because the article isn’t about virtual worlds. It is about 8 librarians that are changing the field, I’m honored to be included with the other librarians. 

Teachers, College Students Lead a Second Life is short article printed in USA Today that aslo features my Flickr page…It is a shame that the pictures show me leading one of my classes to the Virginia Tech Memorial in SL and that less than a year later we have had another fatal shooting spree at a university campus… 

Educators Explore Virtual Worlds   is a nice write up from the Office of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin featuring the Educators Coop. 

 Second Life Worth a Second Look   is an article promoting a talk i gave at the Texas Advanced Computer Center back in May. 

Professors in Pajamas is an article written by the Second Life News Network SLNN about the Grand Opening of the Educators Coop.

Published by Joe Sanchez on 02 Feb 2008

MyBase: The US Airforce Virtual World

On Learning: The future of Airforce Education

The US Airforce released this white paper On Learning: The Future of Air Force Education and Training that includes the incorporation of a virtual world called MyBase. This is a very forward thinking document and I applaud the courage the authors have taken to put these plans in a formal document.

Two quotes from the paper

Jay remembered being awed immediately after entering MyBase, seeing the avatar guard wave him on after
a quick check of his IP address credentials. After passing through the visitor’s entrance, he found the options
endless as he flew his visitor issued avatar around the base.
– Vignette 1

At any time of night or day, Airmen could enter MyBase and choose from an extensive list of speeches being given by
America’s leaders, take part in academics at any Air Force or civilian college, or meet and speak with participating
senior mentors. The learning opportunities seemed endless yet continued to expand.
– Vignette 2

MyBase is a virtual learning environment designed to enhance Air Force recruiting, training, education, and operations. It provides the means for Airmen to rapidly access the knowledge they need to make effective decisions and perform assigned tasks. Designed as a virtual Air Force Base, MyBase can be tailored to recruit the Millennial generation, inform the public, deliver precision learning, provide pre-deployment training or even conduct operational rehearsals.

Some of the frequent words in the paper include: Knowledge Management, Distributed Learning, Knowledge Transparency, Open Courseware,

One recommendation I like is the creation of a CLO (Chief Learning Officer) to transform the current training and learning practices.