Euroversity Symposium

SUNDAY, 30 September 2012 – 6pm GMT | 11am SLT | 3am TYO

Recording (47min):

YouTube Recording




Panelists: Gary Motteram, Ton Koenraad, Luisa Panichi,  Gerhilde Meissl-Egghart, Klaus Hammermüller

Moderator: David Richardson 


EUROVERSITY is a network of educational institutions in Europe.


  • 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, M.A (Utrecht) [Koen Antonioni]

Ton Koenraad 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 learning

His publications and conference contributions are available from his personal pages at:

Luisa Panichi [Jole Zhong]

Luisa Panichi is Lettore di Lingua Inglese at the Language Centre of the University of Pisa, Italy, and has been teaching foreign languages at tertiary level for 20 years. Her professional areas of interest include Language Awareness, Learner counselling and advising, Tandem language learning, materials development and the use of multimedia technology in foreign language education. She is co-ordinator of Work Package 2 of the EU multilateral project AVALON (Access to Virtual and Action Learning live ONline) funded under the EACEA Life Long Learning Programme for the development of language learning scenarios in the virtual world of Second Life®. Her most recent publications and published research address issues related to the teaching and learning of foreign languages in virtual worlds. She has recently undertaken a PhD in the Department of Modern Languages of the University of Hull, UK, where she plans to explore the dynamics and pragmatics of learner participation in language education.

Gerhilde Meissl-Egghart [Yvonne Hendrick]

Gerhilde Meissl-Egghart is a free-lancer in the field of educational technology and co-founder of, a not-for-profit organisation, that engages in using and creating virtual environments for learning purposes. services universities, companies and individuals with learning events using Second Life and is a frequent partner in European projects (Avalon, Talk-with-me, NEXT-TELL, euroversity).

Before starting, 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, is a Certified Quality Manager of TÜV Akademie Österreich and received a Montessori diploma from the Institut für aktives Lernen, Vienna.

Gerhilde lives with her family in a small village near Vienna, Austria.

Klaus Hammermüller [Claudio Whalen] has 7 years of working experience in new media projects including Web, Streaming Media and 3D world technologies with IBM corporation and an additional 10 years of working experience as university lecturer, IT Instructor and coach. He initiated the talkademy project in 2005. Since then he developed organizational, pedagogical and technical solutions applying new media in education.

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