But I don’t think we’re allowed to tease Finland anymore.
Not since Newsweek recently ranked them #1 on their list of Best Countries in the World.
I’ll be giving a keynote at a very interesting conference in Finland in October. Here are some details.
You can find the details on the conference website. More information will be added over time, so please keep an eye on it if you are interested. Here’s a summary:
The conference gathers a representative group of experts with great experience about learning and teaching in virtual worlds and specifically in the virtual world of Second Life. The conference offers a great opportunity for teachers, trainers and others working with learning and teaching to dive into virtual worlds as learning spaces and to increase their own expertise in the matter. The program of the conference includes keynote presentations by invited guests and workshop/roundtable discussions with experts.
The organizers behind this conference are Kim Holmberg (SL: Kim Zwiers) and Isto Huvila (SL: Ab Marvin). Both of them were the the first university teachers to use Second Life in education in Finland, and it’s been a real pleasure to follow both Kim’s and Isto’s pioneering education work over the past few years.
Kim invited me to give a keynote presentation at the conference, and he’s put together a great lineup of speakers who are all fantastic innovators in education in virtual worlds.
I haven’t finalized all the details of my own presentation, but one thing I’m planning to do is highlight some of the most recent pioneering educational work in Second Life.
I know of many such projects, but I am sure I am unaware of many more. So if you have any suggestions for me to check out, please leave a comment with details. I will do my best to highlight as many as possible in my presentation and discussions.
And if you’re around Turku, Finland and would like to meet with me to chat, I’ll be attending the entire conference and staying in town an extra day (the 16th). Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to arrange a meetup.
Meanwhile, I’ll be prepping for my trip to Finland. There’s a great deal of innovation in virtual worlds happening there, as well as throughout all of Scandinavia. I can’t wait to dive in.
-John “Pathfinder” Lester
ADDENDUM: I posted my slides and followup thoughts on the conference here.