Virtual World Watch

Virtual World Watch was an online micro-service, operated on and off from 2007 and 2012. The main purpose of VWW was to find people in UK academia using virtual worlds, and to tease out of them why and how their use of such technology worked (or didn’t) for them.

For much of the time VWW was funded – either as a compiler of stand alone reports, or as a more cohesive service – by the Eduserv Foundation. Since 2011, the service was largely unsupported and produced a few more stand alone reports, making 13 in total. VWW also presented at 18 events; the slide decks from some of these can be found on Slideshare.

Snapshot reports

These were ten survey-based reports, the aim of which was to gain some kind of ‘snapshot’ of virtual world use and trends in UK Higher and Further Education.

# Compiled Title
1 July ’07 UK HE and FE developments in Second Life.
2 Sept ’07 UK HE and FE developments in Second Life.
3 May ’08 Second Life use in UK HE and FE.
4 Autumn ’08 UK HE and FE developments in Second Life.
5 Spring ’09 Virtual world use in UK HE and FE.
6 Summer ’09 Virtual world activity in UK HE and FE.
7 Winter ’09 An academic year of expectation?
8 May ’10 Virtual teaching in uncertain times.
9 Summer ’10 What now?
10 Spring ’12 Zombies can’t fly: the enduring world of the virtual.

Other reports

Virtual World Watch also produced three non-snapshot reports, funded by the Eduserv Foundation.

# Date Title
1 March ’08 Measuring the impact of Second Life for educational purposes.
2 Oct ’09 Choosing virtual worlds for teaching and learning in UK HE.
3 May ’10 Zen and the Art of Avatar Maintenance.