vw2‘The Affordances of Virtual Worlds for Education and Clinical Training’ was delivered live by Prof Lizbeth Goodman and Ms Bo Zhang (PhD candidate), and live online in the virtual world Terf by Niki Herbertson and Julie LeMoine (CEO Terf, USA) on the 21st of April at the Royal College of Physicians, Dublin, as part of their New Horizons special lecture series, on ‘Apps, Technology and Social Media in Medicine’: http://www.rcpi.ie/course.php?pageID=967

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bo-award1) Bo was nominated to the Global Innovation and Entrepreneurship Competition in Pudong, Shanghai in November, 2014. Working with other team members: Professor Lizbeth Goodman, Nicola Herbertson (Virtual Worlds Manager) and the CEO of the Irish Zhida International company, Mr Yu Xuan Liu, her nomination was based on her current PhD research into virtual worlds and collaborative learning games and tools for cross-cultural exchange. Out of the long-list of 2500 nominations, she was selected for the second round, and finally named in the top 45 (out of 615 shortlisted projects) projects globally, winning a travel award to return to her native China to compete in the final round.

2) Bo has also been selected as one of 12 players to represent UCD in the International Ladies Gaelic Football Team 2015 in Shanghai, China, 19-26th October!

More info here.

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…Members of the UCD Inclusive Design Research Centre of Ireland are here collaborating on the seminar, collaborative research projects, and revving up for the Accessibility SPRINT!
Accessible webstream and recordings are available.
See Professor Jutta Treviranus‘ work cited as world-leading in supporting people with disabilities, including Stephen Hawking: http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/02/23/how-to-speak-with-facial-expressions.html

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lizbeth1 lizbeth2For SMARTlab, a social enterprise founded in the UK at the OU BBC in the early 1990s, she has worked tirelessly, leading a team of scholars and technologists working together to invent and implement innovative technology tools for ‘real social change’ for marginalised and under-represented community groups and individuals, with an Inclusive Design Model enacted through each research project and performance. SMARTlab now supports PhD researchers within the Structured PhD in Education at UCD, leads major workpackages on Virtual Worlds for Learning and Games for Learning, and also regularly collaborates with industry and NGOS alike, engaging across sectors and cultures to work towards implementation of a more inclusive and empathetic society.

It is in her capacity as a global action researcher and visionary thought leader committed to embodied, genuine and deep community interaction and research impact that is scalable as well as socially vital, that Professor Lizbeth Goodman has been nominated and selected by a global community of peers for this prestigious award.

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pic1Cheryl L’Hirondelle of the Aboriginal Education Council and the IDRC of OCADU, Toronto did a residency with SMARTlab in January to launch the community engagement project for native peoples: ‘Tighe Cree/Croí: Where the People of the Crannógs and Mikiwâhp Converge’.

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YurgosDr Yurgos Politis presented today to the DEEP Summit, outlining the achievements of the Inclusive Learning Project funded by the European Commission’s Leonardo Programme.

The presentation is here.

The live MOOC can be accessed here.

The interactive, fully accessible and adaptable Handbook of Inclusive Learning is here.

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leonardoThe purpose of this course is to provide teachers with the concepts and tools for designing and developing inclusive learning considering the preferences and needs of all students. The course introduces teachers in the Universal Design for Learning and the main concepts of web accessibility while they develop open educational resources. Teachers will be able to apply approaches and techniques for achieving an environment for inclusive learning.

For more information, click here.
To register, click here.

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phdSpeakers include Dr Camille Baker, Dr Alison Williams, Dr Taey Kim, Dr Max Schleser, Dr Jeb Weisman, Dr Deveril, Dr Joe Eyerman, Nicola Herberton, Will Pearson, Bo Zhang, Sapna Ramnani, Tanya Power, Ciara Garvin, & Paul Schechter along with Prof Lizbeth Goodman presenting on Transdisciplinary Research, Practice-led Research, Impact Analysis, Virtual Worlds for Learning, and the process of turning remarkable research into PhDs and published books!

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