Busy Times!

Its been my busiest summer ….ever! The only holiday I’ve managed to take this year was last week. I wasn’t resting though, we got our house completely repainted and new carpets in every room. Lots of carrying of furnature and plenty of drilling of holes for new curtains etc.

The end of June was devoted to writing a journal paper for BJET – no word on this yet. We completed three papers for CIG 2009, two of which have been accepted.
July was spent working on a consultancy report on the use of games and virtual worlds for construction industry education and engagement. We focused on OpenSim and Metaplace. Metaplace proved to be a very popular choice and it is now likely that we will be using this virtual world technology on a two year Knowledge Transfer Project. XNA was also suggested for the creation of wiimote educational mini-games and we may be creating some prototypes for this in the near future.

In August, one of my students Ben Cowley, successful passed his PhD viva and Leo Galway will be doing his this week. I also finally found out that my paper was accepted for ECGBL 2009 so a bit of work needed on that before I send in the completed version. Tomorrow I’m making a presentation on games and virtual worlds to enhance student engagement at a T&L symposium within the university. I hope to find some time to prepare for my two semester 1 XNA based modules soon!