Panelists: Ton Koenrad, Gary Motteram, Gerhilde Meissl-Egghart, David Richardson, Christel Schneider und Stella Hadjistassou
EUROVERSITY wants to:
- provide an European and global perspective for universities by offering a shared space for shared learning and research activities,
- promote the conducting of joint courses among network partners and sharing of ressources,
- It wants to become a truly European university rooted not in one location but in many
We are doing this by using virtual world as a place to meet and collaborate. A virtual world is an online community that often takes the form of a computer-based simulated environment through which users can interact with one another and use and create objects. The term has become largely synonymous with interactive 3D virtual environments, where the users take the form of avatars visible to others. These avatars usually appear as textual, two-dimensional, or three-dimensional representations, although other forms are possible (auditory and touch sensations for example).
Dr Gary Motteram [Gwared Morgwain] is a senior lecturer in Education at the University of Manchester.He has an MEd in Teaching English Overseas and an EdD in e-learning. He set up and still runs the innovative Master’s in Educational Technology and TESOL, which is taught both on-site in Manchester and by e-learning. He has presented at conferences and published regularly in the fields of technology in language learning and technology supported distance teacher education…….. (Complete bio listed below in comment box)
A.L.M. (Ton) Koenraad, MA, Utrecht) [Koen Antonioni] worked as teacher educator and senior ICT-E consultant at Hogeschool Utrecht University of Applied Sciences. Since 2011, as owner of TELLConsult, his activities involve the acquisition, coordination and evaluation of national and EU-projects in the fields of modern languages, teacher education and e-learning. Special interests include methodology development for Interactive Whiteboards, mobile applications and 3D VLEs for language learningHis publications and conference contributions are available from his personal pages at: http://www.koenraad.info
Gerhilde Meissl-Egghart [Yvonne Hendrick] is a free-lancer in the field of educational technology and co-founder of http://talkademy.org, a not-for-profit organisation, that engages in using and creating virtual environments for learning purposes. Before starting talkademy.org, Gerhilde gathered about 10 years of professional experience in software engineering, project management, quality management and training. She holds a degree in computer science from the Technical University of Vienna and is a Certified Quality Manager of TÜV Akademie Österreich.Christel Schneider is founder and managing director of CSiTrain, a company founded in January 2013. From 2006 until 2012 EU project manager and director of the international language association ICC. Prior to this head of the language department for the German adult education association in Schleswig Holstein and lecturer at the University of Hamburg (Dept. of Education) teaching didactics and methodology. Presently doing an MA in Virtual Education at the University of Western England.
David Richardson teaches English at Linnaeus University in south-east Sweden. He has been teaching the Business Talking course on Kamimo Island in Second Life each semester since Spring 2008 and is currently preparing the second round of the Teaching in English course (in Autumn 2014). This is a CLIL course for university teachers across Europe who need to improve their English in order to teach their specialist subjects in English, and the practical sessions on the course all take place within Second Life.
Stella K. Hadjistassou is a postdoctoral fellow at the KIOS Research Center for Intelligent Systems and Networks. She has been awarded a Ph.D. in Rhetoric/Composition and Linguistics and a MTESOL degree from Arizona State University. Stella has participated in multiple U.S, EU and locally funded projects on Virtually afforded learning environments, ESL, transatlantic telecollaborations, and Web 1.0 and Web 2.0 technologies. More recently, she has developed an interest in the implementation of mobile-based devices for language learning and teacher training. Her research areas include CALL, ESL, Applied Linguistics, Cultural-Historical Activity Theory and Ecological Perspectives in Linguistics. Stella has also taught multiple traditional, hybrid and online undergraduate and graduate courses at Arizona State University and at European University Cyprus, such as Second Language Learning and Technology, English Language Teaching Methodology, Sociolinguistics, English Composition, Composition for ESL students, Technical and Professional Communication.