So what is going on at GCU islands. Well, we are continuing to work with Indiana University in the use of virtual worlds for healthcare simulations (more on this soon). The University of Richmond will be back in a few months with Dr Joe Essid (Sl:Ignatius Onomatopoeia) and we continue to use VWs for healthcare simulation and cyberpsychology. We hope to be able to tell you more about a Social Work simulation soon.
As for my PhD I have now finished my first phase analysis (thank you so much to those who gave up their time to take part, you know who you are!). I am in the writing up stage of the findings and hope to be able to share these early next year. Thanks also to all the people who allowed me to leave a notecard giver on their island to aid recruitment.
Mayo Clinic health info day
I am currently recruiting participants for my PhD. If you or someone you know has accessed health information in a 3D virtual world I would love to interview you or them for my study. This could be access to a sim with health information in the form of a game, quiz, slide show, interactive objects or a talk given by a healthcare practitioner/provider. The first phase pilot study is now complete. However, I am now recruting for the full full phase 1 study (if you have already agreed to take part and have not been interviewed I will be contacting you soon). This Phase 1 study will include being interviewed in Second Life in a private area of Glasgow Caledonian University Second Life Sim. I am particularly looking for people from UK or Europe as well as the rest of the world. If you want more information please IM me in Second Life (Kali Pizzaro) or pick up the information from
or email me at Evelyn.McElhinney@gcu.ac.uk