Thursday, June 22, 2017

Shailey Minocha's Professorial Lecture

I've been involved with Shailey Minocha's work for just over a year. She was kind enough to visit our school twice to demonstrate Google Expeditions, and we also helped with a research paper she was writing with colleagues.

She gave her professorial lecture on Tuesday of this week. I was invited, but was unable to attend. Here's a trailer for it...

Shailey Minocha is a Professor in the Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics at The Open University. Her research has two strands: learning technologies and social computing.
Professor Minocha will show how virtual worlds bridge time and places, interleaving the virtual with the real – allowing people to communicate and collaborate with those whom they may have never met, experience places they may never be able to visit, shop, learn, and do research.
Professor Minocha will look at how virtual worlds provide ‘real’ experiences in ‘created’ environments – ‘as if I have met them’, or ‘as if I have visited that place’. Online technologies also provide real experiences beyond the physical world.  She will show how in a virtual world, people can “become” an avatar of their liking, fly, become microscopic, travel to the moon or visit the International Space Station, or look at the rock structures underneath the ground on which they are standing.

Good to see King's Ely getting a mention in Shailey's thanks.

You can watch the lecture here.

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