Track: Explorations of Virtual Worlds

Title Conne River Project Exploration
Author(s): Marlene Brooks; Cathy Wicks
Date Friday, March 18 14:00
Location: West Departure 2
Abstract Explore Conne River's Muinjij Island in Second Life and associated website and machinima. The project is based on the book 'Muinji'j Becomes a Man' written by Chief Misel Joe. The following is a brief description.¬†MUINJI’J BECOMES A MAN Muinji’j has been waiting all his life to make this trip with his grandfather-a trip to the city to sell rich otter, beaver and muskrat pelts and bring back supplies to the village. It’s a long expedition that tests Muinji’j’s reserves of strength, patience and maturity. Just as he thinks he and his niskamij have faced all of their challenges, the worst happens-his naskamij falls ill. Although Muinji’j gathers the medicine his grandfather asks for, it doesn’t help fast enough. Both of them realize that there is only one solution: Muinji’j must continue the journey alone. He must face the challenges and mysteries of a city he has never seen, and return to help his grandfather as well as his village that relies on him. ¬†
Bio(s): Marlene Brooks: Marlene Brooks is an Adult Educator, Senior Instructional Designer, and Second Life Project/Course Lead responsible for the implementation of Second Life virtual world technology at Distance Education and Learning Technologies (DELT), Memorial University.
Cathy Wicks: Cathy Wicks graduated with a Bachelor of Computer Science from the University of New Brunswick. She is an Assistant Instructional Designer for Distance Education and Learning and Technologies (DELT) at Memorial University of Newfoundland. Prior to joining DELT, Cathy has worked in the field of e-learning as a senior developer/programmer and production manager.

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