Tuesday, 21 September 2010

Monday, 20 September 2010

Avalon - Second Life

With a general aim of exploring and experimenting with Second Life as a environment for interacting and learning languages, Avalon (http://avalonlearning.eu/ ) involves ten full partners as well as associates in a multilateral and transversal European project lasting for two years. The partners have created and tested activities, developed scenarios, designed and run language courses, and provided models and best practices. All activities take place in Second Life. Luisa Panichi and Mats Deutschmann focus on one course as an example during the presentation: a debating course (English B1-2). Second life is applied for collaborating with other cultures and for communicating effectively. In this virtual world the learners can engage in small group work. Given the ability to move physically allows for e.g. for prepositions to become embedded in action. The course is designed as a debating competition, with mixed cross-cultural groups, and topics related to Internet culture and online education. Would you like to participate in learning Spanish – do you have students who are learning French? Get in touch with Luisa Panichi! Would you like to take part in a course for teachers – learning about and through Second Life? Again, contact Luisa Panichi!

See also http://slurl.com/secondlife/AVALON%20Learning/81/226/41 for more. Get in touch with Luisa: panichi@cli.unipi.it, who is the local project leader - to join the teacher space. All are welcome to join!

Wednesday, 15 September 2010

Tuesday, 14 September 2010

Flickr slideshow

If you would like to include your own photographs and films of Eurocall 2010 in this slideshow, simply add them to our Flickr group pool.

Monday, 13 September 2010

EUROCALL 2010: After the Event

I just got back home safely, having collected our greyhound from the boarding kennels - he was SO pleased to see us!

Thanks to Dominique Macaire and all her team for making this a truly remarkable and memorable conference. The Virtual Strand team (Peppi Taalas, Mirjam Hauck and I) are especially grateful to Lesley Graham for maintaining the flow of @Eurocall2010 tweets - and thanks to all the other twitterati who commented on the keynotes, parallel sessions and social events. All the Twitter tweets marked with the hashtag #eurocall2010 have been fed into the CoveritLive windows in this blog and can be replayed at infinitum (well, for as long as Blogger and CoveritLive allow us to). I am leaving the last CoveritLive window (Day 4) open for the time being so that it will continue to pick up tweets and comments. It's located in this blog at:


Here are all the other Virtual Strand links:


All the best, and I hope to see you at EUROCALL 2011 in Nottingham.

Graham Davies

Sunday, 12 September 2010

How tutors deliver instruction in the desktop videoconferencing environment

A presentation by Tatiana Codreanu & Christine Develotte

Bye for now!

Yes, Eurocall2010 is now officially over. We'll be posting links to the archived presentations and other conference recordings on the blog.

Thank you all for a great conference experience both F2F and virtually! See you in Nottingham in 2011 (31 Aug - 3 Sept).

The VS team