Speakers: Heike Philp / Gwen Gwasi; Jennifer Hamilton / Jaz Beverly; Annalisa di Pierro / Innesfree; and Helena Galani /erlinaazure
To learn a language live online is the best and sometimes cheapest way of practicing it in real-time with other people. Virtual worlds and video games offer opportunities to meet speakers of other languages and native speakers alike but there are many 3D spaces out there and sometimes it is difficult to decide which one to join. Which virtual world is suitable for language education? What kind of equipment or software does one need? How long does it take to get to know this world before it can be introduced to language learners? Is this virtual space safe? With these questions in mind, a group of language educators spent 5 weeks exploring 13 different 3D environments, created an evaluation rubric and listened to some of the long-time users of these environments for the pros and cons.
- To present the findings of a 5-week online workshop exploring various virtual worlds.
- To consider some of the lessons learned by the providers of these environments. For example, how one can combine Artificial Intelligence with NPC in OpenSim to create chatbots.
Accessibility: Speak easy HUD