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SIMiLLE Project - JISC Grant Win

Kevin Roebuck
Director, Digital Experience
I just got the news from Michael the his new SIMiLLE project has been awarded a JISC Learning and Teaching Innovation Grant with the project running from 1st May 2009 until April 2010 at the Digital Lifestyles Centre at the University of Essex. Here is the project abstract:

System for an Immersive and Mixed reality Language Learning Environment (SIMiLLE) - The proposed project will investigate using virtual world technologies to create meaningful contexts for learning a foreign language. It addresses the problem for distance learning students unable to experience the cultural and social immersion when learning a language, and to enrich and control the cultural content for students already
located in the host environment. A virtual world will be built using Sun’s Darkstar Platform and Project Wonderland tools. It will be evaluated for both its technological and pedagogical utility.

We are going to build Wonderland worlds (hopefully with 0.5) for language learning in collaboration with the International Academy and the Language and Linguistics departments at Essex.

Comment on the project in the Immersion Forum Discussion on Using Wonderland for Online Lectures.

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