So now we’re proposing sessions. One interesting thing was someone suggested a discussion on the ethics of using IRC backchannels during a conferencing session. I do have to say that it’s slightly weird to be hearing reports of what’s happening in the backchannel (I’m not using it myself at the moment).
Some other very cool suggestions: the portability of reputation capital across virtual spaces, designing virtual worlds to enhance possibilities for spectatorship and spectacle, and looking at emergent evolution of markets. We also had a good discussion of sovereignty and player self-governance.
Afterwards, I also had a great conversation with Howard Rheingold about the use of technology in instruction: as always, he’s thinking miles ahead of the worlds I normally operate in. One thing I think would be cool is if there were easy-to-use real-time polls or quizzes you could use in a wireless classroom that let you know whether or not the students really understood a key concept you were trying to teach, to get instant and anonymous feedback. (Students generally don’t like to volunteer that they don’t understand a concept, for obvious reasons.)