OSCC14 – The CAMELOT Project: Language Learning with Machinima in Virtual Worlds

March 28, 2015
Dr Michael Thomas present the CAMELOT Project at the OSCC14 – OpenSimulator Community Conference 2014
Published on 5 Dec 2014

The CAMELOT Project: Language Learning with Machinima in Virtual Worlds

This paper reports on research arising from a two-year project involving nine European partners entitled, “CreAting Machinima to Empower Live Online language Teaching and learning” (or CAMELOT Project), awarded by the EU Lifelong Learning Programme (KA3 ICT Multilateral). CAMELOT deals with the use of machinima – recorded videos made in a virtual environment such as Second Life or within a digital game world, specifically related to the under-researched area of language learning. The paper presents an overview of the CAMELOT project, discussing the research context and published literature, before examining the deliverables and potential future research directions.

Michael Thomas
Michael Thomas Ph.D. FHEA FRSA (Haruki Ronaldo) is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Central Lancashire, UK. His research interests are in e-learning and language education, with specific interests in learner collaboration using computer-mediated communication; sociocultural theory; multimodal and digital research methods; and intercultural communication. He is the lead and founding editor of two book series, Advances in Digital Language Learning and Teaching (Bloomsbury Academic), and Digital Education and Learning (Palgrave Macmillan US). Among his other 14 book publications are Contemporary Computer-Assisted Language Learning (2012), Handbook of Research on Web 2.0 and Second Language Learning (2008), Task-Based Language Learning & Teaching with Technology (2010), Interactive Whiteboards for Education: Theory, Research and Practice (2010), Digital Education: Opportunities for Social Collaboration (2011), Deconstructing Digital Natives: Young People, Technology and the New Literacies (2011) and Online Learning: IV Volume Major Work (2011). He is the Coordinator of the EU-Funded CAMELOT Project which investigates the use of machinima for language learning in immersive environments (2013-2015).

About the OpenSimulator Community Conference 2014: The OpenSimulator Community Conference is an annual conference that focuses on the developer and user community creating the OpenSimulator software – http://opensimulator.org. Organized as a joint production by the Overte Foundation and AvaCon, Inc., the conference features two days of presentations, workshops, keynote sessions, and social events across diverse sectors of the OpenSimulator user base. The OpenSimulator Community Conference 2014 features four themed tracks and a Learning Lab.

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