Went down to Bournemouth on Tuesday 10th May – Wednesday 11th May (First experience on Flybe… wasn’t too bad…) and delivered a paper on the use of Online Blogging as an learning, teaching and assessment tool. Overall BMAF was a great little conference, and as someone going for the very first time I generally found everyone who went as extremely positive, and I certainly gained some very useful feedback about my research when I presented it. Currently turning this into a paper which hopefully should be out soon.
Of the greatest interest to me at the conference itself though was a great little presentation on the use of Second Life from Suzanne Kane (“In-world team management activities: Team Avatar”) from London Metropolitan University which hopefully should be up on the BMAF past conference page soon. I’ve worked on a little project with students before using Second Life, were we were involved with the Tyneside Cyrenians and some of our Corporate Management students built an in-world “soup kitchen” (or something like that). Certainly, as I said to Suzanne Kane on the day, I think “live projects” of that kind (particularly charitable ones) are great learning vehicles for students. That said, I still hold out hope, one day, that we’ll be able to teach the basics of management though an online MMO game like SW:TOR or WoW (Hey, a guy can wish can’t he?).