Second Life(R) Learning and Research Workshop, Internet Research 9.0 Call for Papers and Participation

Jeremy Hunsinger, Information Ethics Fellow Center for Information Policy Research, announces:

Please join us in a workshop on learning and research in Second Life(R) on October 16, 2008 in Copenhagen at Internet Research 9.0 (http://conferences.aoir.org/)

Deadline June 15th (Individual extensions may be given).

Second Life is a 3d virtual environment created by Linden Lab (R) which has captured the attention of researchers and teachers from around the world from a variety of disciplines.

This workshop aims to improve the understanding of Second Life as a Learning and Research environment. It will bring 35 researchers together to collaborate, discuss and workshop diverse topics related to research and learning in Second Life. We will pursue a full-day schedule in which participants will discuss their work and interests on four different topics: learning in Second Life, integrated learning, the contributions of research to the community and ethical research methods. How can we better enable learning in this sphere? How can we better enable research?

Our honored keynote will be Pathfinder Linden

Researchers are requested to submit papers and short biography to slworkshop08@gmail.com , which will be selected and distributed amongst participants before the workshop. First invitations will be offered to those who provide full papers for consideration.

These papers have two purposes: first is to provide a common platform for understanding our research and teaching and second submitted papers may be considered for publication in an edited volume being produced in relation to the workshop, or possibly in peer reviewed publication derived from the workshop (these are currently under discussion).

Subsequent invitations will be made based upon research/teaching statement and biography with priority given to people submitting full papers.  If you are interested in participating, please send an email containing your information to slworkshop08@gmail.com.

Decisions will be made by August 1st, barring incident.  There is a limit of 35 participants at the physical meeting; the event will be simulcast into Second Life which will be organized by Jason Nolan.

We welcome professionals, faculty and graduate students to participate.

This workshop is sponsored by Linden Lab, creators of Second Life, and is organized by Jeremy Hunsinger, Rochelle Mazar, Aleks Krotoski and Jason Nolan. Lunch, coffee breaks and the room is included in participation.  (And you’ll probably get a t-shirt!)

*We are also seeking additional sponsors, please contact jhuns@vt.edu if you would like to sponsor this workshop.