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Kevin Roebuck
Director, Digital Experience
While the Immersive Education London Summit is only a few weeks away, we are already lining up the next project work and initiative and this time in the Middle East. Here are some early details of the important work which lies ahead.People2People: Using Virtual Worlds for developing Leadership and Conflict Resolution Skills Among Arab and Jewish Israeli Students - Selected and approved by the GRID Institute and Immersive Education, USA.

The main goals of the project are:

  • To build a 3D virtual space, the technological infrastructure and pedagogical concept for conducting the study using Sun Micro Systems's Wonderland.
  • To conduct a study which will examine and analyze the multidimensional interactions of Arab-Israeli high-school students and students, while they collaboratively build engaging learning objects and design games within 3D collaborative virtual space.
  • Granted with 9,000$ US from Grid Institute and Immersive Education, the  project lead by Dr. Hanan "VRider" Gazit, at the Instructional Systems technologies department at H.I.T-Holon Institute of Technology, will start this spring and run for three years. It will receive Sun's hardware, software and technical support from Immersive Education. The Sun's Wonderland platform will run on H.I.T's own server that will be connected to the Immersive Education Grid.
  • Project Chief Scientist and manager: Dr. Hanan Gazit
    Dr. Hanan "VRider" Gazit is a faculty member of the Instructional Systems technologies department at H.I.T- Holon Institute of Technology, were he teach games and virtual worlds. Hanan is the CEO of MetaverSense Ltd., an Israeli based company leading the use of virtual worlds, digital Games and social networks for instruction and business. Hanan holds a Ph.D. degree in the Learning Sciences and a Magna Cum Laude M.A. degree in Science Education, both from Tel-Aviv University. A former post doctorate fellow researcher at LIRT Lab, Caesarea Edmond Benjamin de Rothschild Foundation Institute for Interdisciplinary Applications of Computer Science, University of Haifa.  Hanan serves on the Association of Virtual Worlds' Advisory Board, on the Editorial Review Board of the International Journal of Gaming and Computer-Mediated Simulations. He founded the Digital Games Research Association [DiGRA] ISRAEL and serves as the Israeli Chair of the coming SLACTIONS 2009 Conference.

    H.I.T - Holon Institute of Technology is a modern technology-oriented academic institution. It has four faculties, eight departments, several research centers and a wide variety of state-of-the-art research laboratories. The Department of Instructional Systems Technologies provides a unique and specialized B.A program enabling its graduates to address the challenge of effective use of modern technology for promoting innovative learning and training in all sectors.

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