Thursday, October 3, 2013

Towards Transdisciplinarity: A Research Quest

The quest is on to identify the most collaborative groups in virtual environments to collect data for my dissertation study. No doubt I will miss many. By December, the results will be compiled and ready to share. I am relishing the ability to be a full-time doctoral researcher after experiencing a reduction in force on my new job. Fortunately while I was in Texas I was able to meet with Dr. Larry Johnson, CEO of the New Media Consortium, and attend the national conference of the International Society of Technology in Education (ISTE) in San Antonio where I got to hear Dr. Jane McGonigal and meet friends from SIGVE and the Gamesmooc.

Here is a little video I made to introduce myself to those who do not know me. I will begin sharing more findings from research into collaboration using virtual environments as I progress. These environments will connect to physical environments, simulators, and big data. Pioneering virtual community learning environments is a passion of mine. I cannot wait to apply what I have learned in my newest doctoral program. It's been 12 years since being unable to finish the first doctoral program. Slides used for my dissertation defense are also linked below. Stay tuned for results and thank you for your interest.

Btruman prosp defense-slideshare from Barbara Truman

If you are a user of virtual environments and you collaborate using an avatar or character, please feel free to participate in my dissertation study. More information can be found on my web site that includes definitions and a link to the survey and informed consent. The survey will be closed on November 5, 2013. 

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