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On Wednesday, June 9 at the Metanomics Main Stage in Second Life, Metanomics held a follow up from the Federal Consortium for Virtual Worlds conference leader Dr. Paulette Robinson. You can watch the archive of the show at the top of this page.
The FCVW conference took place over two days starting May 13, 2010 and included speakers such as Dr. Robert D. Childs, Senior Director, iCollege, National Defense University, keynote speaker Dr. Edward Castronova, Eric Hackathorn and many others. The majority of the conference took place in panels discussing virtual world studies, military applications visualization applications and more.
Host Robert Bloomfield interviewed Dr. Paulette Robinson about her role with the FCVW, her role as co-leader for a vGov project to provide secure access to virtual worlds for government and numerous other topics.
“The Federal Consortium for Virtual Worlds (FCVW) consists of members from government (federal, state & local, & international), academia, and corporate sectors. The Consortium supports individuals and organizations to improve government collaboration through the use of virtual worlds to enrich collaborative online experiences. It provides a venue to share best practices and lessons learned for the collaborative use of virtual worlds, address common challenges, and create structures to share resources.”
Dr. Paulette Robinson is the Assistant Dean for Teaching and Learning for the iCollege at the National Defense University. She is also manages technology for the College. In this position, she manages a distributed learning instructional design group, oversees technology purchases, reviews emerging technologies for inclusion in the iCollege labs, and implements technology and facilitates instructional use of technology for the College. As part of her position, she is also responsible to review all student assessment plans and create evaluation capabilities for College courses and programs.
In addition, she is the leader for the Federal Consortium for Virtual Worlds. A group of over 1,500 from government (federal, state, local and international), industry, and academia who are interested in the use of virtual worlds in government, confronting and solving common issues, as well as sharing best practices. She is co-leading a vGov project to provide secure access to virtual worlds for government.
Before joining the Federal Government, Dr. Robinson was the Assistant Director for Academic Support in the Office of Information Technology at the University of Maryland where she managed an instructional design team specializing in e-learning, mentored faculty in the appropriate use of instructional technologies in their courses, investigated as well as recommended emerging instructional technologies, and consulted with the Center for Teaching Excellence on student assessment through faculty workshops and campus-wide presentations.
Dr. Robinson has over 20 years experience working in higher education as an administrator and faculty member. She focused her doctoral studies within higher educational policy, planning and administration in the areas of curriculum, instructional technology and e-learning. She has given over 50 presentations at national conferences and is the author of several book chapters and journal articles.