Academic endeavours

I’ll be adding published works and projects to which I have contributed/played pivotal roles.

    Added Value of Teaching in a Virtual World. / Christensen, Inger-Marie F.; Marunchak, Andrew; Stefanelli, Cristina.
    The Immersive Internet: Reflections on the Entangling of the Virtual with Society, Politics and the Economy. ed. / Dominic Power; Robin Teigland. Hampshire : Palgrave Macmillan, 2013. p. 125-137.
    Publication: Research – peer-review › Book chapter

    This chapter discusses the educational potential of virtual worlds and the challenges faced when using them to facilitate communication and learning. Virtual worlds can be a valid means of engaging with and motivating younger audiences in today’s digital culture. They provide an authentic context in which students can participate in meaningful learning activities. The conclusion states that innovation is needed to successfully implement virtual world learning and technology into the classroom. Variables to be considered when embarking on educational design using virtual worlds involve the use of avatars and associated implications, the need for policies to govern the virtual locale, the competences required to design virtual content and activities, and not least attention to hardware and network requirements.

    AVATAR International Workshop on the Added value ofTeaching in virtual worldsBurgas, Tuesday, 13 September 2011
    EU Programme: LLP 2007-2013, Comenius
    Project Number: 502882-LLP-1-2009-1-IT-COMENIUS-CMP

    AVATAR was an action-research project aimed at teaching secondary school teachers how to use virtual worlds in education and to pilot pedagogically-rich learning scenarios with pupils. The project took place over three years and lay the foundation for a second running based on the findings of the founding principles. Multiple partners from across Europe contributed to the project.

    Click here for the executive summary

    REDNET EU The First International Conference on Novel Psychoactive Substances (NPS) – Book of Abstracts p. 70, 12-13 March 2012 Hotel Benzcur Budpaest, Hungary

    During the last decade there has been a sharp change in the social, cultural and political context of drug addiction, which has led to unprecedented new challenges. It has been documented that increasing numbers of unregulated websites are dedicated to the dissemination of novel recreational drugs, which may well have long-term effects on users’ health. Unfortunately, young and problematic individuals are amongst the most at risk of taking advantage of online available information. My role in the project involved disseminating information through various virtual worlds, including Second Life.

    Enhancing the student learning experience through interactive virtual reality simulation. / Power, Paul.In: Journal of Paramedic Practice, Vol. 3, No. 8, 2011, p. 447-449.

    I was approached by the author of the article with the task of creating an interactive multi-user 3D environment with a view to using it as a means of formative assessment. I authored the environment and trained staff in its use whilst ensuring that data was able to be recorded reliably and supervised the assessment. Credit is given at the end of the article.