Panelists: Marisa Constantinides [Marisolde Orellana], Shelwyn Corrigan [Wynshel Heir/English Easily], Jens Kjaer Olsen [Jens Nerido], Barbara McQueen [Barbara Novelli], Dr. Doris Molero [Pionia Destiny] Helen Myers [Karelia Kondor] Dennis Newson [Osnacantab Nesterov], Edith Paillat [Cyber Placebo], Heike Philp [Gwen Gwasi], Carol Rainbow [Carol Rbroux], Dr. Randall Sadler [Randall Renoir], Christel Schneider [Letty Pienaar]
Can you imagine learning a language using machinima (a real-time video in virtual worls)? Are you a language educator and can you see yourself learning how to create machinima for your students? If you do, there was – and still is – your chance to learn it for free, namely at MachinEVO. MachinEVO is a 5-week workshop for language educators to learn how to create videos (machinima) in virtual worlds. It took place from 12th of January 2014 to 16th of February 2014. With 15 moderators at hand, 190 signed up participants were instructed on how to use screen capturing software in Second Life, how to edit and upload their production and the ins and outs of ‘video production’, from story boarding to adding credits.
All of the sessions were recorded and available at http://machinevo.pbworks.com
During MachinEVO language educators from around the world collaborated in film crews and the result of many hours of labour of love were honored at the MachinEVO film festival on 28th of February 2014. The panelists consist of MachinEVO moderators, altogether seasoned and passionate machinimatographers. Let’s hear from them about the challenges and joys of running a MOOC in Second Life and above all, let’s watch the fabulous machinima together.
The Moderator Team (in alphabetical order)
Marisa Constantinides [Marisolde Orellana] is a teacher educator/trainer from Athens, Greece. She runs CELT Athens, a centre offering a variety of TEFL training programmes, from TEFL and CELTA certificates to Cambridge DELTA courses. Marisa has a DipTEFLA and an M.A. in Applied Linguisitcs from the University of Reading (UK).
She is a frequent conference speaker at conferences – IATEFL, TESOL France, as well as online conferences, such as the Virtual Round Table, Slanguages and RSCON. She joined Second Life in 2009 and has been a resident in Edunation since 2012. Marisa is a moderator/co-founder of the ELTon nominated weekly #ELTChat on Twitter which organises free professional development chats and maintains a blog full of resources. She helped in the moderation of MachinEVO 2012 and was moderator for Digikids EVO in 2013.
Shelwyn Corrigan (aka Wynshel Heir/English Easily) has a Master’s in Linguistics, a Master’s in Digital Media & Learning, and certification in Multimedia Studies. She has worked in digital design since 1994. In addition, she has taught ESL and EFL in Europe and South America and at universities in California and New York. Her interests are in teaching pronunciation, academic oral skills, and the integration of new media in the classroom. She is working on machinima development for language learners and teachers. She is a media consultant and web designer and has taught ESL at the University of San Francisco (USF) since 2001. She also works in Second Life as a teacher in English City. Shelwyn teaches graduate courses in the Digital Media and Learning Program and is currently devoting most of her time to course development for the new online MA TESOL Program at USF. (For informal sandbox/working file samples:
Barbara McQueen (aka Barbara Novelli in SL) has decades of experience mentoring fellow teachers one-on-one, through in-services, as an ESL teacher trainer for Oxford Seminars, and as a conference presenter for TESOL and the VWBPE. She is currently developing and delivering online ESL courses that make use of situational role-playing, games, mysteries, and machinimas, and has won multiple machinima awards, several MachinEVO awards and the ISTE Awards for Best Film by College Students and Best Acting. For examples of her work, go to: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL02C042E023737F19&feature=mh_lolz .
Dr. Doris Molero, aka Pionia Destiny, is an EFL Professor from Rafael Belloso Chacin University (URBE) in Maracaibo, Venezuela. She is a doctor of Sciences in Education, specializing in curriculum and instruction. Her doctoral research was based on the use of Web 2.0 tools as multiliterate agents in EFL classes at the university level. She holds a masters degree in Educational Informatics.
Helen Myers [Karelia Kondor] is a teacher of French and a manager in at The Ashcombe School, a large UK secondary school and chair of the London branch of ALL(Association of Language Learning) and its former president. She is an active member of the MachinEVO group, SLexperiments and Virtual Worlds Roundtable and she is helping to set up a private SL island for teenagers with SEGfL and the British Computer Society. Her blog contains information about her SL activities, which include weekly English pronunciation classes open to all. For examples of her video work, go to her YouTube channel Arcachon playlist, read her short guide here and see her short video where she enthuses about language learning in Second Life.
Dennis Newson [Osnacantab Nesterov], M.A. (Cantab), P.D.E.S.L (Leeds), taught EFL in Africa, Arabia, Norway, and Germany in middle schools, secondary schools, teacher training colleges, a technical university, and an arts university. He was consultant for short periods in Bosnia and Kosovo, and conferences have taken him to Poland, Hungary, Las Palmas, Russia, and England. He has developed his interest in SL since his alleged retirement.
Jens Kjaer Olsen aka Jens Nerido (SL) -
I am a Danish Teacher (Bachelor’s of Education and B.Ed./ICT-adviser).
I have been in the teaching profession for more than 20 years.
Currently I work as an ICT Consultant, WEB-Portal Editor, ESL Teacher, and Filmmaking Teacher.
In 2011 I took part in the EU-Avatar project and experienced virtual teaching in SL for the first time – wow!
Here is a link to the handouts from my presentation in Burgas in Bulgaria in 2011 – Case study: “Learning English as a Foreign Language in SL”.
After the Avatar project I stayed on in SL networking at EduNation. I transferred my love for filmmaking in RL to machinima making in SL!
Edith Paillat [Cyber Placebo]
Cyber is a Language Technology Specialist at Victoria University of Wellington. She provides CALL solutions and computer training sessions for in-service language lecturers and teaches a short introductory CALL course to pre-service teachers at secondary level.
Heike Philp [Gwen Gwasi] is CEO of let’s talk online sprl, a technology support provider for language learning and events in real-time. She is co-initiator of EU funded LANCELOT (virtual classroom) and AVALON (virtual world) and the newly granted CAMELOT project (machinima for language teachers). She is founder of the Virtual Round Table Conference and co-owns EduNation in Second Life.
Carol Rainbow [Carolrb Roux] holds a B phil Ed (hons) and has taught in the UK for many years but is now an ICT Consultant for Oxfordshire LA working with teachers to make sure ICT plays a key role in enhancing pupil education in Oxfordshire schools. Her main interests currently are using Second Life as a teaching platform and e-safety.
Dr. Randall Sadler [Randall Renoir] is associate professor at Illinois University, head of the Virtual Worlds SIG of CALICO, and a book author on language learning in virtual worlds and telecollaboration. He is a TESOL member and co-owner of EduNation islands in Second Life. ‘Virtual Worlds for Language Learning: From Theory to Practice (Telecollaboration in Education)’, Randall Sadler, published by Peter Lang AG, Switzerland
Christel Schneider [Letty Pienaar] is founder and managing director of CSiTrain, a company founded in January 2013. From 2006 until 2012 she was EU project manager and director of the International Language Association ICC. Prior to this she worked as head of the language department for the German adult education association in Schleswig Holstein. She also taught didactics and methodology, as a visiting lecturer at Hamburg University (Dept. of Education), for over ten years and has run numerous teacher trainer seminars both on a national and international level. Her experience in online training stretches over a period of more than fifteen years. She designed, set up and delivered an online teacher training course for Cornelsen Publishing and has been involved in several EU projects. As part of her project work she has been involved in teaching and learning in virtual worlds and has recently developed her skills in machinimatography. She has recently started with an MA in Virtual Education at the University of Bristol.
Dr. Andreas Linhardt [Almut Brunswick] Since 2009, Almut is a creator, learner and teacher of (not only) SL-related skills and techniques. She has participated on the first MachinEVO workshop in 2012 with Jens Nerido’s group and has been a moderator for an international machinima learning group in 2014. Almut is maintaining a tutorial website for Blender and other tools: www.almut-brunswick.de. Almut’s RL-Avatar studied fine arts, history, pedagogics and political science and holds a Ph.D. (Dr. phil.) in history. He is working as a technical writer and illustrator in the field of railway signaling technology in Germany.
James Lloyd [Lloud Laffer] has been in Second Life since his agent, James Lloyd began an investigation about learning in virtual worlds. The journey has been on, off and on again as dictated by changes in the real world. Lloud’s first solid connection in-world was with Jenn Forager’s Tools Jam group which led to participation as a volunteer with the Metanomics broadcasts. After that Lloud connected with the Non-Profit Commons and continues to attend the weekly meetings whenever schedules allow. From NPC Lloud connected with Language Lab and signed on as an activity host for the students there, also creating some of his first SL machinima. Lloud has recently connected with a community focusing on the experience of being beyond 50 years old in real life and continues to seek the right combination of work and learning in life — both real and Second.
María Sol Cordovez Noboa [Losairam], is a volunteer and member of FATLA – Member of SLATES. BA Education; MA in Clicnic Psychopedagogy; Teaches Academic Writing at USFQ virtual campus, LMS D2L . Elearning Processes Expert and Digital Media email@example.com
Alfonso Garavito Olivar [Alfonso Perfferle] is a SLATES facilitator University Network in innovation DocenTIC program. Certified Machinimatographer by University of Valencia. Virtual TV Magazine, VTM and Virtual TV Media Director. English teacher for hispanic people.alfonsoperfferle@gmail.
Inés Rodríguez Gómez [Ines Diglione], is full professor at University, Head of the French and Italian Philology Department at the University of Valencia, Spain, Coordinator for SLATES, Project of Educational Innovation and University Network. Ines.Diglione@gmail.com
Juana Ruiz Moreno [Tuanjana] is educator and E-learning expert. Member of SLATES. Pedagoga experta en e-learning y miembro de SLATES firstname.lastname@example.org