Track: Best Practices Showcase

Title Tech Stewarding in Second Life
Author(s): Amber Judge
Moderator(s):Edith Halderman
Date Friday, March 16 07:00
Location: CAVE/EdTech Auditorium
Abstract Tech stewarding is the process through which a community of practice is guided from their current state towards a more ideal state via the tailoring and implementation of a technological tool that addresses the specific and personal needs of the community. In this session, an overview of what tech stewarding is and how it pertains to virtual worlds will be explicated. The steps in the process of tech stewarding will be reviewed in order: approaching a community of practice, emergence of issues, choosing an issue and viable technological solutions, consulting the community, collaboration and leadership for implementation of the solution, observing interactions, outeractions, reactions and results, and obtaining feedback. The benefits and limitations of technological tools that can be implemented as solutions in virtual worlds, specifically Second Life, will be discussed. 
Bio(s): Amber Judge: Amber Judge is a Masters student in Educational Technology at Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Her areas of interest include education in virtual worlds, gaming and simulations, virtual identity, ethics in virtual spaces, lifelong learning, social media, and the upliftment of humankind via the conscious design and application of technologies. 

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